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June 26, 2017 - Current wood pellet industry safety performance and priorities, including combustible dust in raw material storage areas and risks and best practices regarding syngas in drum driers, were discussed at length at the annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada's safety conference, which took place June 13-14 in Prince George, B.C.

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June 21, 2017 - A safety meeting that fit inside an office last year has now grown to the size of a convention centre. In only a few years’ time, the British Columbia wood pellet manufacturing sector went from one of the worst corporate citizens to one of the best, for employee safety, and broke some moulds along the way.

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Scientists, engineers and inventors are putting great effort towards developing advanced lignocellulosic biofuels in Canada. Some examples include cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, and synthetic natural gas. It is interesting to consider how this might impact the wood pellet industry.

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Shaw Resources has been keeping Atlantic Canadians warm throughout harsh winters for more than 20 years. The Shubenacadie, N.S.-based company has been producing wood pellets for residential heating under its Eastern Embers brand since 1995.

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The global annual wood pellet trade is currently about 30 million tonnes and growing at about 15 per cent per year. About half of all wood pellets are sold in the industrial sector for power generation while the other half are sold in the heating sector for residential, commercial and institutional applications.

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