DuraVent attended the recent Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) Conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Geoff Wilcox and Dalton Hooker were both on hand to provide advice and guidance with venting on pellet-fired appliances. Both of them also gained insight into the direction the bio-fuel market is taking.
The event attracted over 300 people from all sectors of this rapidly growing industry. While much of the pellet fuel made in North America is currently being exported to the U.K and other European countries, producers are keen to help develop a bigger domestic market for pellet heating. Aside from more sophisticated pellet stove technology, equipment manufacturers are now introducing reliable furnaces, boilers, and bio-mass fueled generators that are not only capable of heating a single home, but can heat large businesses; an institutional building like a school or hospital; or an entire neighborhood connected to a district heating system. This is especially attractive in rural neighborhoods and remote communities that are dependent on oil, propane, or electricity for their energy needs.
Attendees toured a bio-mass plant at the University of British Columbia. The system is capable of generating up to 2 megawatts of electricity and 3 megawatts of thermal energy to provide heat for nearby homes and buildings. The system is completely fueled by ground-up wood waste. This plant could potentially produce enough power for up to 1500 homes. Other smaller scale examples are starting to pop up all over Canada’s North, in Alaska, and in the Northeastern United States.
If you want to learn more about opportunities related to bio-fuel heating, start making plans now to attend another major conference event slated for Montreal, Quebec in February.
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