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Innovating our way to a safer, better product

Wood pellets are a safe, reliable modern fuel. But they are still a fuel, requiring care in producing, shipping and storing.

With its members, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada continuously strives to find better processes and make safer plants. Together with the BC Forest Safety Council, WPAC is implementing a safety management and audit process that identifies areas of risk and outlines procedures to minimize them. WPAC has also studied off-gassing in transport to reduce those risks (see a full slate of WPAC and thrid party reports here).

 

Pellet transport

Transport safety and stability is one area of WPAC research.

 

Yet it goes beyond safety, as WPAC is currently leading an industry initiative to study the possible benefits of pellet torrefaction, a process to make the fuel more dense and stable. It also continues to work with clients and standards bodies both in Canada and abroad to assure the highest quality and most consistent fuel possible. The goal is a plug in replacement for fossil fuels.

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WPAC Safety Committee

The Board of Directors has appointed the Safety Committee to manage the safety objectives of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada ("WPAC"). The Safety Committee works in close cooperation with the BC Forest Safety Council.

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Sustainable power

The vast majority of Canadian wood pellets are made from sawmill residuals - sawdust. The rest are made from the residuals from harvesting operations for sawmills and pulp mills, or low-grade timber from forest industry harvest sites that has no other economic value. Think firewood. Read more...

Breathing easier - pellet emissions vs coal

Sustainability should be top of mind for any company that wants to stay in the game in today’s world.

As important a role as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions play, we also need to focus on noxious emissions versus coal.

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Industry News

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  • Haida Gwaii hospital considers biomass boiler

    Nov. 12, 2018 - A local heating company is proposing the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital switch from diesel-generated electric heating to a wood-fired biomass boiler. Ken Van Aalst, a director for Northern Health, told the Haida Gwaii Observer the proposal[…]

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  • Ottawa to reinvest funding after Ontario cancels cap and trade

    Nov. 9, 2018 - The Canadian government announced it plans to reinvest money allocated to Ontario as part of its Low Carbon Economy Fund after the Ontario government cancelled the cap and trade program last week.Canada's Minister of Environment and[…]

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The Pellet Advantage

Efficient and Plentiful Production

Wood Pellet Association of Canada members are world leaders in the design and operation of modern pellet plants.

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Innovating our way to a safer, better product

Wood pellets are a safe, reliable modern fuel. But they are still a fuel, requiring care in producing, shipping and storing.

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Renewable and sustainable? Energy really can grow on trees.

There is no single energy source capable of solving our dependence on fossil fuels. Instead we need to look to a mix of new fuels, including wood pellets.

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