Best practices for managing wood fibre storage and combustible dust

 

Best practices for managing wood fibre storage and combustible dust

CANADIAN BIOMASS
By Fahimeh Yazdan Panah | June 23, 2020

Combustible wood dust in confined storage could present a risk of fire and explosion if it’s not managed effectively. The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) has developed tools to improve safety and lower the risk when working around wood fibre storage.

In 2017, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC)’s Safety Committee, in collaboration with the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC), the Manufacturing Advisory Group and WorkSafeBC, established a Working Group to lead the process on developing best practices for combustible dust management in wood fibre storage. This collaboration resulted in the formation of the Wood Fibre Storage Working Group (WFSWG), with the overall objective of improving safety within the wood manufacturing sector by eliminating injuries and fatalities.

Putting hemp in your rotation?

Putting hemp in your rotation?

GRAINEWS.COM
By Angela Lovell | January 29, 2020

Adding hemp to your crop rotation doesn’t involve as many regulatory hoops as it used to. With shorter varieties that make residue management easier and rapidly growing markets, especially for organic hemp, there seems to be a lot of potential value in this specialty crop.

Most hemp grown in Western Canada is used for human consumption, although there is renewed interest in hemp fibre, and if a planned decortication plant in Alberta goes ahead, it could provide future opportunities for the straw by-product.

UBC researchers develop biodegradable wood fibre mask for COVID-19

 

UBC researchers develop biodegradable wood fibre mask for COVID-19

CANADIAN BIOMASS
By University of British Columbia | May 21, 2020

The shortage of medical grade masks worldwide has hobbled health care professionals responding to the novel coronavirus — highlighting the need for improving supply lines and manufacturing more masks locally.

Researchers in the Bioproducts Institute at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have stepped up to the challenge, designing what could be the very first N95 mask that can be sourced and made entirely in Canada. It’s also possibly the world’s first fully compostable and biodegradable medical mask.

US Forest Service funds 8 wood energy projects

US Forest Service funds 8 wood energy projects

BIOMASS MAGAZINE
By Erin Voegele | April 21, 2020

The U.S. Forest Service on April 16 announced it is awarding a total of $7.62 million to 35 projects as part of the agency’s Wood Innovations Grant Program. Eight of those projects focus on renewable energy, while the remaining 27 focus on expanding markets for wood products.

Countering arable land degradation: The waste that woke the soil

Countering arable land degradation: The waste that woke the soil

PHYS.ORG
By SciDev.net | March 26, 2020

Soil is a natural resource that we often overlook and abuse just because of its supposed abundance. Some call it "dirt" and many times we attribute to stains and things we should rid ourselves of in the name of cleanliness. I choose to call it a "wonder" because on it we grow our food; it even covers up the dead. Just because it doesn't scream in pain when we step on it doesn't mean it isn't alive.