Canadian Biomass Magazine

Spotlight on biomass boilers

February 1, 2017
By Canadian Biomass Staff Report

Feb. 3, 2017 - Canadian Biomass has the latest in biomass boiler technology available to Canadian customers.


Uniconfort produces biomass boilers from 199 kW to 25 MW and 50 kW to five MW. The biomass boilers work with conventional and non-conventional biomass. Uniconfort’s Incinerator Department founded in 2016. Uniconfort’s North America agent is beloTEQ, based in Quebec.

Hurst Boiler & Welding Company, Inc. has been manufacturing, designing, engineering and servicing gas, oil, coal, solid waste, wood, biomass and hybrid fuel-fired steam and hot water boilers since 1967. Also specialized in the manufacturing of modular biomass boiler systems, their boiler vessel designs (CRN registered) include firebox, vertical tubeless, hybrid water/ fire-tube, and water-tube. Hurst manufactures seven different types of biomass stoker/gasifiers, which have used 2,000 plus different types of biomass fuels. With installations across all industries worldwide, Hurst Boiler is recognized for the highest code standards, innovative engineering and design, Energy Star rating, and renewable, sustainable solutions for green building design and operational efficiency.

Säätötuli Canada combines the Finnish Säätötuli biomass-burning technology and 30-plus year know-how with Canadian-made ASME pressure-vessels and automation boxes. Säätötuli Canada’s hot-water boilers from 682,000 BTU/hr (200 kW) to 4,000,000 BTU/hr (1,200 kW) are ideal for small heat-networks, agricultural applications, municipal and industrial-building heating. The 1,700,000 BTU/hr (500 kW) hot-air furnace is second to none for durability, efficiency and versatility. It is used for various applications like grain-dryers, process heat, building heating and underground mine heating. All Säätötuli burners utilize woodchips and pellets, as well as other solid biomass. Burners can be adapted for other OEM applications. Containerized solutions are the easiest way to convert an existing system to biomass.


Jansen Combustion and Boiler Technologies, Inc. has served the biomass industry since 1976. Jansen specializes in improving the performance, capacity, reliability, and safety of industrial boilers that burn difficult fuels, such as biomass, refuse derived fuel, and pulping liquors. Over the years, Jansen has provided engineering evaluations of over 70 Canadian boilers and has carried out 15 boiler upgrade projects in Canada. Three biomass boiler combustion air system upgrade projects were completed in 2016 at the following locations: Harmac Pacific, Nanaimo, B.C.; Daishowa Marubeni, Peace River, Alta.; and West Fraser, Hinton, Alta.

Compte-Fournier offers customers access to all the experience and expertise of the group Compte.R. with more than 1,800 medium and large running installations in the world. The Compte-Fournier team designs, manufactures, builds, tests and provides support, on-site installation and maintenance. The company can also support buyers in all types of analysis required for their projects. Compte-Fournier boilers are manufactured in North America while respecting the technology and know-how of the company’s European partner. This assurance of performance, reliability and quality also rests on the vast and solid industrial experience of group Fournier.

Fink Machine
For over 17 years and 100 installed boilers, Fink Machine has been servicing B.C. and other provinces as well as installations in the U.S. Fink Machine has successfully completed Viessmann wood biomass boiler installation projects large and small with utmost customer satisfaction. The company’s expertise, honed by a decade of experience and dedication includes commercial, institutional facilities, and multi-million dollar industrial based developments. Fink Machine’s mission is to provide cost savings to customers by delivering reliable, cost competitive, clean energy solutions that maximize savings. They consult, design, supply, install and service a turnkey biomass system that can also integrate seamlessly with customer’s existing operations.

With over 60 biomass heating systems installed in Canada, Viessmann manufacturers high-quality, efficient and reliable wood heating systems with outputs ranging from 512 to 4,268 MBH. The Vitoflex 300-RF from Viessmann is a rotating combustion wood-fired boiler with outputs of 512 to 1,843 MBH, making it ideal for apartment buildings, commercial applications, new buildings and retrofits. Featuring advanced Viessmann-patented combustion technology, the Vitoflex-RF boiler is able to achieve maximum heat transfer and efficiency. Precisely controlled primary and secondary air intake ensure ultra-low emissions of CO (<10 ppm), NOx (<75 ppm) and dust particles (<0.06 lb/MMbtu). The Vitoflex-RF is also available as a pre-fabricated portable solution for applications where housing for the boiler is not available or onsite construction costs must be kept to a minimum. This solution includes the pre-installed boiler and all peripheral equipment housed in a special Viessmann Energy Station.

The affordable and reliable Kedel pellet boiler is a fully automated heating appliance that offers 87 per cent efficiency and that can be fully monitored and adjusted from any computer or smartphone. It features a 30-year warranty and its use can result in savings of 20 to 60 per cent on heating costs as well as a carbon footprint reduction of as much as 90 per cent when replacing an oil appliance. This self-cleaning boiler is suitable for new construction or retrofits and can be installed in cascaded designs. Other features include an O2 sensor, 10:1 step-less modulation and a stainless steel burner, and the appliance is manufactured to ISO9001 standards. or

With 35 years’ experience and over 130 systems in operation, KMW has the expertise to offer complete biomass energy systems for any project. KMW supplies custom biomass systems for the production of hot water, hot oil, low-pressure and high-pressure steam for power generation. Boilers range in size from 100 HP to 3,500 HP and complete power plants are available in the range of 250 kW to 50 MWe. Construction cost and time are kept to a minimum by shop building and testing all equipment. KMW’s patented grate system provides great fuel flexibility for utilization of low cost fuel including wet bark, mill sludge, bio solids, and MSW. Recent projects include a 3.5 MW CHP plant in Nova Scotia, 14 MW power plant in Portugal, 600 HP steam plant in Quebec and a 8.5 MW CHP plant in New England.

Ariterm is one of Finland’s oldest and largest manufacturers of biomass boilers, ranging from 40 kW to 3 MW. Three series of boilers and four burner designs allow systems to be custom designed and tailored to individual client needs and fuel types. All systems can be designed for wood chips up to 50 per cent MC or wood pellets. Automatic ignition, fuel feed and ash extraction, touch screen panel controls and remote monitoring and are standard features. Control panels are manufactured in Canada with all North American sourced components, and bear CSA approval and certification. Boilers systems can be completely skid mounted or housed in a pre-manufactured boiler house. Ariterm Biomass boilers are represented and distributed throughout North America by B.C.-based Ventek Energy Systems Inc.

Wellons Canada and Wellons FEI are part of the Wellons Group of companies, supplying the North American market with wood fired energy systems for over 40 years. Wellons supplies energy systems using a stepped grate or combustion cell technologies with fully automatic ash-extraction systems. Applications include process and space heating using hot water, steam or thermal fluid. Wellons also offers biomass fired co-generation solutions using steam turbines or Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems. Wellons also provides hot gas generators to send energy to rotary dryers to dry wood fibre for pellet plants. or

Hargassner Canada Est Inc., the Canadian distributor for the Austrian manufacturer Hargassner GmbH, imports and supervises the installation of the boilers and ensures that the maintenance program and customer services meet the high quality standards that Hargassner products are known for worldwide. Hargassner wood chip/pellet boilers are built with ECO-agitators for room extraction. The boilers are energy efficient and cost saving, and are built with Lambda sensors for fuel-quality detection. Automatic fly and grate ash transport ensures ash ends up in a single ash box. Lambda-Hatronic digital control with 3G determines the set temperature. The boilers are fully refractory lined high-temperature combustion chambers.

Krann biomass boiler uses a proprietary gasifier/furnace as its heat source. The heating system includes fuel storage, gasifier/furnace, boiler, ash discharge and exhaust and is fully automated. It produces very low particulate emissions with typically no flue gas cleaning equipment, reduces the tendency of particle accumulation on heat transfer surfaces thus minimizing equipment shutdowns and cleaning. The system ranges from 1 MW to 12 MW of heat output and can be used for boilers (steam, water), hot oil heaters, drying, CHP, etc., as a cost-effective alternative to traditional wood burners. It can handle a wide range of moisture and ash content fuels.

Biomass Combustion
Biomass Combustion recently installed a BCS 300 HP, hot water, wood boiler at Herwynen Sawmill in Rockwood, Ont. The boiler uses Biomass Combustion System’s Horizontal Zoned Grate Combustion System, which strictly regulates under fire air for gasification with low bed turbulence. Oxygen for combustion is supplied by two over fire air fans which are designed to maximize both turbulence (mixing) and residence time above the fuel pile. The boiler burns dry sawdust and chips from the facility to heat dry kilns but green wood fuel can be burned efficiently with adjustments to air and fuel delivery. The fuel storage unloading system was designed by T.S. Manufacturing of Rockwood, Ont.

Outotec’s multi-fuel bubbling fluidized bed boilers and advanced staged gasifiers offer fuel flexibility, which ensures users don’t have to depend on a single fuel supplier and enables them to take advantage of seasonal fuels. The technologies are ideally suited to challenging fuel sources due to their superior operating characteristics and emissions performance. Outotec’s unique solution for thermal oxidation combines a refractory lined fluidized bed combustor, in-vessel heat transfer tubes and a proprietary bed-material cleaning and recirculation system, ensuring reliable operation with varying fuel qualities. Outotec’s ability to combine these features allows users to use a broad spectrum of fuels, taking advantage of the changing fuel markets.

Evergreen BioHeat
Evergreen BioHeat Ltd. is the Canadian distributor of Fröling GmbH biomass energy systems, a leader in state-of-the-art biomass heating systems for residential, commercial and institutional sectors. Products include wood pellets, wood chips and cord wood systems from 7 kW to 1,000 kW. All products are certified to Canadian standards including ASME, and conform to the strictest emissions standards. Complete systems include feed systems, biomass boiler, automated controls and all ancillary equipment required for modern and highly efficient heating systems. Evergreen also offers contracts for larger institutional installations.

Smart Heating Technology
Smart Heating Technology, a leading European biomass boiler manufacturer, offers highly efficient 93-95 per cent multi-fuel automatic biomass boilers, including the Smart Mobile Cabin – Plug & Play Solutions. The boilers burn wood chips, wood pellets or other materials. 

PES provides its fluidized bed combustion and gasification systems for steam, CHP and power generation from solids, wastes, sludge and liquid fuels to companies across the world for new or retrofit projects. PES is a vendor neutral company that maintains a large vendor database allowing us to present the best possible solutions to our clients. PES has provided O&M services for over 20 years. Our energy system expertise includes fluid bed combustion and gasification; hot gas steam, thermal oil heaters, material handling and fly ash systems, as well as, industrial biomass energy system construction services and repairs.



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