Maritime Bioheat Conference
June 2, 2021 at
Solid Wood Bioheat Webinar Series, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Heating with wood isn’t a new concept, but in Ontario, heating with wood using modern and highly efficient bioheat equipment is relatively new. The use of new systems which use solid woody biofuels to produce bioheat has become common practice in other areas of the world, and in parts of Canada. There is great opportunity for its use in Ontario, particularly since forestry in the province operates under a world-class sustainable forest management framework.
In Ontario, heating with wood using modern bioheat equipment is a viable heating option, but lack of awareness is identified as a barrier to its uptake. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is committed to addressing this barrier and promoting the use of bioheat from forest biomass. The Government of Ontario and Natural Resources Canada supported FPInnovations in the development of A Solid Wood Bioheat Guide for Rural and Remote Communities in Ontario, released in February 2020. This guide provides individuals and community leaders with the information and confidence to start a bioheat project at the residential, commercial and institutional building scales.
To further promote the use of bioheat in Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is hosting a Solid Wood Bioheat Webinar Series, in partnership with FPInnovations, Natural Resources Canada, and the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy.