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October 25, 2019

A look inside Shaw Resources Belledune pellet operation

Shaw Resources’ 100,000 tonne per-year industrial pellet plant in Belledune, N.B., mixes softwood, hardwood and bark to produce industrial pellets for U.K. utility Drax. A new PDI dryer was installed last October to increase the plant’s drying capacity.

Properly maintained dryers are safe dryers

Preventative maintenance and routine safety procedures can keep a dryer running longer with fewer shutdowns and keep employees safe. Thompson Dryers shares some recommendations when it comes to planning your dryer maintenance schedule:

Moisture measurement and control yields immediate results: white paper

Product quality and consistency are at the forefront with MoistTech in the development of the IR3000 sensor to accurately provide moisture and coating measurements throughout the process.

Combustible gas: dryer systems hazards and best practices

Workplaces that manufacture engineered wood products or wood pellets may be at risk of fire, deflagration or explosion due to the buildup of combustible off-gas within dryers and associated drying systems. Cariboo Biomass Consulting’s Kevin Ericsson shares some best practices.

Advancing east: Pinnacle finds new opportunities in Alberta

Spring 2018 saw a new milestone come to life for Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. as it opened a new facility in central Alberta. The company chose to reduce the number of dryers in operation at the facility and opted for a larger unit which uses a step grate furnace.

Dryer fire damages Skeena BioEnergy pellet plant

A small fire broke out in the new Skeena BioEnergy pellet plant in Terrace, B.C., on May 25. The fire started on the belt of the sawmill’s flatbed dryer. Safety monitoring technology detected the fire early in the morning and extinguished it.

Update: Pinnacle investigates cause of dryer explosion and fire at Entwistle

Pinnacle Renewable Energy suspended operations at its Entwistle, Alta., facility following a fire that damaged the dryer area in February, and has been working with Alberta OHS to understand the factors that led to the fire.

MoistTech debuts new moisture detection system

The MoistTech Moisture Balance System is a high quality, compact and simple-to-use laboratory moisture analyzer. The sensor is equipped with automatic peeling function for immediate continuous measurement for accurate zero drift correction.
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International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference – IBBC 2019

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