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Presentations from the 2012 Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) Annual General Meeting are now available. The series ranges from an industry state of the union to European market forecasts, research summaries, torrefaction, international market trends, eastern Canadian pellet situation, logistics of eastern exports to Europe, and more.

Hosted in Quebec City over 1.5 days, the program and presentations include:

  • WPAC executive director Gordon Murray's overview of current Canadian pellet production capacity and operating levels, as well as an overview of the work being done to develop and protect markets at home and abroad.
  • Arnold Dale of Ekman & Co.'s reflections on current trends and developments in the international pellets market, including the massive impact that the developing UK biomass market will have on pellet mill demand, as well as the impact of the thriving EU home heating market (bagged pellets).
  • The Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB)'s Pierre-Olivier Morency on the situation for eastern Canada's pellet producers, including production well below capacity and the need for new domestic markets and export logistics.
  • An overview of the new supply, logistics and export study of eastern Canada from study consultants CPCS.
  • Detailed information on two types of torrefaction demonstration plants currently in operation in the EU by technology supplier Andritz Pulp & Paper's Andy Eyer.
  • An update on the wide range of R&D work being spearheaded by WPAC research director Staffan Melin.
  • An introduction to the complete range of pellet mill gear from Andritz Feed and Biofuel, including the supplier's new Biomax over-sized pellet mill.
  • A review of the technology now available in Canada from Chinese pellet mill equipment supplier Muyang.
  • Jenna MacDonald, director of marketing's introduction to the facilities and services offered out of the deep water Port of Belledune in eastern New Brunswick, including indoor storage for 30,000 tonnes and the opportunity for multiple pellet manufacturers to consolidate export shipping.
  • A discussion of opportunities for export shippers to use tipping spreaders from RAM Spreaders to improve the efficiencies of containerized bulk handling.

These complete presentations are available in three parts here:

Part A - Gordon Murray, WPAC, Arnold Dale, Ekman, Pierre-Olivier Morency, QWEB, Jean-Francois Arsenault, CPCS

Part B - Andy Eyer, Andritz torrefaction, Staffan Melin, WPAC, Bruce Kirkpatrick, Andritz

Part C - Douglas Johnston, Muyang, Jenna MacDonald, Port of Belledune, Martin Pilsch, RAM Revolver

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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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  • Drax, GB Railfrieght, extend contract to transport biomass

    GB Railfreight (GBRf) and Drax have agreed to extend their contract to transport supplies of sustainable biomass from UK ports to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire until 2025. Teams at GBRf have worked closely with Drax for the past[…]

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    Remotely powerful: Nine rural communities’ experience with bioenergy – Part 3 [Editor’s note: this article is the third in a series of four. Part 4 online next week.] In early 2020, CanmetENERGY, part of Natural Resources Canada, carried out interviews with nine pioneering rural and remote communities that have installed bioenergy[…]

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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.

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