Topics to be covered :
- Uses and applications of biomass pellets – international and domestic (current regionalconsumers);
- Unit operations for pellets production – sorting, grinding, drying, densification, and cooling;
- Integration of process equipment and the supporting systems for a sustainable operation;
- Physical and chemical properties of biomass and measurements; characteristics that are desirable and undesirable for pellet production;
- Emissions from pellets and pellet production operation;
- Techno-economical and life cycle analysis;
- Pellet logistics – feedstock resource transportation, and storage;
- Process control, optimization and instrumentation;
- Operability and maintainability considerations of pellet mills;
- Calculations – energy and mass balances for pellet production;
- Solid biofuel classification, certification and testing standards under development around the world (CEN, ISO, ASTM, ASABE, DIN etc.);
- Safety issues related to pellet handling and storage;
- Differences between pellets, pucks and bricks - can feedstock characteristics determine which to produce?
- Torrefied wood pellets – what are they, current state of commercial production, how do they compare to conventional pellets?
- Challenges in manufacturing pellets/pucks/bricks from roadside residues that remain after sawlog recovery (i.e. tops, branches and long-butts) and contain varying proportions of white wood, bark, foliage and contaminants (sand, gravel);
The workshop fee is $250 per individual attendee, including two lunches, refreshments, and course material. For members of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC), the attendance is free of charge for one person
from each pellet producing member company, including Fibreco. This offer is in recognition of financial and in-kind contributions the WPAC and Fibreco have made to BBRG program during the past five years.
Poster and table top exhibits:
Space for posters and table top exhibits is available free of charge. Registrations from individuals attending the exhibits are expected.
Chemical and Biological Engineering Department
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University of British Columbia
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