Canadian Biomass Magazine

Top 10 editors’ picks for 2016!

December 22, 2016
By Maria Church

Dec. 22, 2016 - We've put together a top 10 list of stories that ran in Canadian Biomass over the past year. These stories are a snapshot of some of the great successes in Canada's growing biomass industry, and offer helpful lessons for those who are just getting started. We're looking forward to what 2017 brings!


1. Diverse operations: A closer look at Groupe Savoie
What is the hardwood company’s secret to success? Groupe Savoie is open to adapting its operations to ensure all of the fibre that comes into its mills and plants is utilized. READ MORE.

2. Building up biodiesel in Ontario
Atlantic Biodiesel opened a 170 million-litre production plant in Welland, Ont., to produce low-cloud point biodiesel suitable for cold weather applications, and high-grade, kosher-certified glycerin. READ MORE.

3. Steps to avoid poor pellet performance
Making wood pellets appears to be a simple and straight forward process. As John Swaan writes, the reality of making wood pellets is far more complex. READ MORE.


4. Enerkem filling orders in Alberta
The $100-million Enerkem Alberta Biofuels waste-to-biofuels commercial scale plant in Edmonton is now filling orders for biomethanol. READ MORE.

5. Don’t miss the bioeconomy opportunity, Canada
Transitioning to the bioeconomy will not just happen, writes Jeff Passmore. If we want to stay competitive with our trading partners, Canada needs to launch a coherent, 20-year bioeconomy effort. READ MORE.

6. Granules LG: Quebec’s pellet leader
With recent investments for improved automation and controls, Granules LG’s St-Félicien pellet mill in the northern Lac-Saint-Jean region produced 120,000 tons in 2015, and aimed to reach 125,000 tons in 2016. The mill remains the largest pellet producer in Quebec. READ MORE.

7. Pulp mill makes green power from biogas
Slave Lake Pulp in Alberta has installed a low-rate anaerobic treatment system to convert methane to green electricity. The system is believed to be the first in Canada for the pulp and paper sector. READ MORE.

8. Lafarge searches for low carbon fuel solutions
For the past three years, Lafarge Canada has been testing three different materials – railway ties, construction and demolition (C&D) waste and asphalt shingles – as potential low-carbon fuels. READ MORE.

9. Sarnia sugar plant promises industry growth
A new biomass plant in Sarnia, Ont., will convert agricultural byproducts into sugars used in the production of environmentally-friendly chemicals and plastics. READ MORE.

10. Biomass co-firing in Alberta
Determining which power stations should be retrofitted to 100 per cent wood pellets, and meeting the subsequent wood fibre demand, will require a collective effort. READ MORE.

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