Top 10 Canadian Biomass articles from 2018
By Canadian Biomass staff
By Canadian Biomass staff
Dec. 26, 2018 - In January we predicted 2018 would usher in the bio-age, and given the volume of good news Canadian Biomass has covered over the past 12 months, we’re standing behind that sentiment. It has been an exciting year for the industry, filled with new projects, facilities and solutions to challenges.
However 2018 was not without a few setbacks, specifically in Ontario where the new provincial government cancelled cap and trade and pulled funding from its GreenON programs, which included funding for four wood heat programs for rural, Indigenous communities. It remains to be seen if new initiatives replace those that were scrapped.
On the federal level, the Canadian government continues to rally behind clean technology, moving ahead with funding initiatives and its national Clean Fuel Standard, which are likely to spark further bioeconomy development.
Industry is also moving forward, with or without government help. Not surprisingly, stories on new wood pellet plants, torrefaction facilities, wood gasification systems, and biofuel plants are among the top read articles from Canadian Biomass in 2018.
Here’s the complete list of most-read articles this year:
1) There is a growing opportunity for the bio-products sector
With sweeping marijuana legislation in Canada, the real opportunity is about understanding the entire cannabis value chain, writes BioNB’s Meaghan Seagrave. Consider everything from crop science to health research and all the high-value product development opportunities along the way. READ MORE
2) Cleaner fibre: Pacific BioEnergy reduces machine wear
Pacific BioEnergy’s 350,000-tonnes per year pellet plant in Prince George,B.C., consumes up to 1,200 tonnes of fibre a day. A new multi-million dollar installation from Dieffenbacher allows the industrial pellet plant to reduce machine wear and access more fibre sources than ever before. READ MORE
3) Biochar delivers in Quebec
Biochar was virtually unknown just a year ago and now two new biochar production plants will be operating in Quebec in 2018. But will this new market create real added value to the forest products sector? READ MORE
4) Dangers of using CO2 to quench silo fires
On July 5, 2010 a wood pellet silo in Norway exploded when firefighters released inert carbon dioxide into the headspace to lower the oxygen content and suppress a smouldering fire. Frank Hedlund and Jeffrey Nichols explain why the use of carbon dioxide to suppress silo fires is unsafe. READ MORE
5) Kwadacha Nation installs wood gasification system
The gasification system is composed of three linked Borealis CHP biomass generators and a dryer. It became operational in April last year and will be used to provide heat to greenhouses, a local school, and electricity for the majority of the northern B.C. community. READ MORE
6) New pellet plant coming on the map
Skeena Bioenergy’s new pellet plant taking shape in Terrace, B.C., is expected to set a new standard in environmental compliance for the industry, if the company and supplier building it have it their way. READ MORE
7) Advancing east: Pinnacle finds new opportunities in Alberta
Spring 2018 saw a new milestone come to life for Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. as it opened a new facility in central Alberta, a first for the B.C.-based company that produces industrial wood pellets. Scott Bax, Pinnacle’s senior vice-president of operations, says the new facility fits perfectly with the needs of the company and takes advantage of the province’s healthy forest industry. READ MORE
8) Decarbonizing the aviation system using bio-jet fuel
Researchers Maryam Mahmoudkhani and Pattabhi Raman explain how switching to more energy-dense bio-jet fuel could play an important role in reducing atmospheric CO2 concentration across the country while transitioning to a future energy system. READ MORE
9) Surrey Biofuel Facility sets new bar in waste management
Surrey, B.C., is now home to North America’s first integrated closed-loop organic waste management system. The Surrey Biofuel Facility turns curb-side organic waste into biofuel for the city’s fleet of natural gas vehicles. READ MORE
10) Ontario power facility focuses on continual improvement
About 95 per cent of the biomass supply for Index Energy’s district heat facility in Ajax, Ont., comes from within a 50-minute drive. Read about the facility’s redevelopment plans that will consume 158,000 tonnes this year. READ MORE