Wood Biomass for Sale/Wanted

  From the April 16, 2018 Issue of Agri-News
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 Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) now has a new webpage agriculture.alberta.ca/woodbiomass where Alberta wood biomass owners, managers, and consumers can post products that are either wanted or for sale, all in one spot.

“Producers can post the products they have for sale, the prices, and the volumes that are available,” says Toso Bozic, bioenergy specialist with AF. “Consumers can create posts outlining what they are seeking and see what other biomass products are for sale.”

The wood biomass webpage is simple to use and free of charge. Biomass owners can post the products for sale, listing under: firewood, rough sawn lumber, fresh or dry clean wood chips, fresh or dry contaminated wood chips, wood pellets, construction and demolition wood, railway ties, power poles, wood pallets, or wooden oil rig mats.

“Right now, there is no webpage where you can find how much wood biomass is available for sale,” explains Bozic. “There are several studies and some websites that provide estimates of wood biomass availability, but there is no indication of what biomass is for sale.”

Bozic adds, “This web is great opportunity for many businesses to increase the sales of their products, and it also gives a chance for consumers to see who is selling products.”

Wood Biomass in Alberta

Alberta has a vast tract of natural forest that occupies 53 per cent, or 35.2 million hectares, of its total land base. In addition to forest on public lands, there are almost 10 million acres, or 4.1 million hectares, of private forest land. These renewable resources provide a source of wood biomass for Alberta’s forest industry as well as a source for production of renewable energy. Wood biomass contributes to over 300 MW of electricity produced in Alberta on a daily basis.

“Communities, commerce, institutions, and industry can use wood-fuel resources from the forest industry, private woodlots, and industrial/commercial wood residues, as well as wood that was destined for landfill,” says Bozic. “Thereby, increasing the cost-effectiveness of their operations and improving their energy efficiency.”

  • Wood biomass from forestry operations is used for various forestry products such as lumber, OSB, pulp and paper, wood shavings, wood pellets, bioenergy and may other products. Wood biomass left after the harvest operation (harvest residues) as well as hog fuel at a mill site, or wood biomass killed by insect and diseases, can be utilized for energy purposes.
  • Wood biomass from private forest land is usually not utilized and can greatly contribute to and be a source for the wood supply chain for energy purposes.
  • Wood that comes from construction and demolition sites is mostly contaminated but can be utilized for energy purposes instead of being landfilled.
  • Wood from railway ties and power poles is usually not from Alberta but imported as a wood product from another jurisdiction. This wood is highly contaminated and is usually disposed into landfills. However, it can be used in various types of incinerators or cement kilns.
  • Wood that is used for oil and gas rig mats is also usually not from Alberta and many of those mats will end up in landfills after use. This wood is also contaminated, but through various techniques, can be cleaned up and used for energy purposes.
  • Clean wood biomass from pruning or from trees in municipalities is sometimes used as wood chips. A small portion is used as a lumber source, but usually this wood is disposed in landfills or burned.
“While there are some estimates for each group, the amount of above mentioned biomass is still unknown,” adds Bozic. “The increased use of wood-based bio-energy can have a significant contribution to greenhouse gas reduction targets.”

For more information, contact Toso Bozic, bioenergy specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry at 780-415-2681.

Toso Bozic

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This information published to the web on April 9, 2018.