Two Canada-based trade associations are hosting a workshop Wednesday, May 4, to provide information on the biomass sector as a cost-effective form of “clean renewable energy.” The workshop takes place at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Wood Pellet Association of Canada , based in Revelstoke, British Columbia, and the Alberta Wood Waste Recycling Association (AWWRA), based in Alberta Beach, are the hosts and organizers of the workshop.
The workshop has been prompted by the opportunity for biomass to play a larger role in a recent Alberta provincial initiative, say the groups. “The Government of Alberta has announced its intention to phase out coal power plants and to offer incentives for wind and solar energy,” comments Jim Donaldson, chairman of the AWWRA in an e-mail promoting the workshop.
“While we agree that wind and solar energy are important parts of the power mix, their weakness is that they are weather reliant,” Donaldson continues. “Biomass, on the other hand, can be used as a direct coal replacement to provide power on demand [and], if sourced sustainably, can greatly reduce net greenhouse gas emissions while providing clean renewable energy.”
Among the topics on the agenda at the workshop are
• the biomass carbon cycle;
• successful international examples of biomass co-firing;
• biomass sustainability and its availability and logistics in Alberta;
• plant conversion capital and operating cost estimates; and
• policy recommendations.
The organizers say the event is intended for power industry executives and engineers; biomass and waste-to-energy fuel producers; solid waste and wood scrap collection and recycling companies; government regulators; and others interested in the renewable energy sector.
Donaldson adds, “Biomass co-firing and dedicated firing is widely used in Europe and Asia to meet climate objectives and has recently been adopted in Ontario.” He calls it “cost-effective compared to other forms of renewable energy.”
Those seeking more information about the event or wishing to register can go to this web page.