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Dangers of using CO2 to quench wood pellet silo fires

On July 5, 2010 a wood pellet silo in Norway exploded when firefighters released inert carbon dioxide into the headspace to lower the oxygen content and suppress a smouldering fire.

6 questions to ask when choosing a dust collection system contractor

Making sure staff are current on the combustible dust regulations is challenging in itself, but how do they know they’re hiring a knowledgeable, qualified contractor? Here are six questions to ask.

WorkSafeBC updates numbers on combustible dust initiative

In 2017, WorkSafeBC undertook formal inspection initiatives to verify compliance with combustible dust requirements and to ensure the presence of effective combustible dust management programs in all operating British Columbia sawmills.

Explosion protection needs and awareness

Fike’s Jef Snoeys, Jeff Mycroft, and Dave Buchanan outline concerns that arise from dust created during the processing of wood biomass, and best practices in the industry to mitigate those concerns.

Is your facility at risk for a fire or explosion? 5 ways to tell

Regardless of size of the facility or dust particulate produced there are a few key things to look for when evaluating whether or not your system is a fire or explosion waiting to happen.
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Preventing a dust collector inlet explosion

"In industry, dust collectors account for 42 per cent of explosions, which makes them a high risk for potential injury and damage to a facility where inlet duct explosion protection is not installed." John Bachynski outlines considerations for the purchase and installation of an inlet dust explosion protection device. » Read more...
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Equipment spotlight: Dust collection and suppression systems

Canadian Biomass highlights some of the newest technology for collecting and suppressing combustible dust in pellet mills. » Read more...

Report offers silo fire fight and prevention expertise

FutureMetrics has published a white paper about how to prevent and safely put out a pellet silo fire, should one occur. » Read more...

How to stop a pellet plant explosion

One single ounce of oxygen. That’s all it would have taken for an explosion to have occurred at Pacific BioEnergy’s Prince George, B.C. facility in August 2017. Read about how the pellet plant staff avoided a catastrophic incident. » Read more...

Update on the Wood Fibre Storage Working Group

In 2017 the Wood Pellet Association of Canada Safety Committee created a new safety working group to facilitate the development of proposed guidelines around storage and infeed processes. » Read more...

Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo

September 12-14, 2018
Location: Philadelphia
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International Woodfiber Resource & Trade Conference

September 17-19, 2018
Location: Durban, South Africa
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