Canada Elevates Biomass Energy to Innovate on Forestry

The Canadian government has allocated funding to support research and development of biomass projects for heating and power in British Columbia in an effort to innovate the country’s forest sector and combat the effects of climate change.

“Technology and innovation have placed our forest sector at the threshold of a new era,” Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, said in a statement. “Adopting new ways of using renewable forest materials will help ensure that Canada’s forest sector continues to play a key role in our economy and contributes to efforts to address climate change.”

Three projects will benefit the energy infrastructure of two of Canada’s indigenous communities.

The Kwadacha First Nation will receive CN$143,000 for two projects: 

  • $98,000 to support a community combined heat and power (CHP) bioenergy system; the system would use a sustainable supply of local forest biomass
  • $45,000 will be used to prepare a report of lessons learned from another initiative in the community that uses local beetle-killed timber to fuel a bioenergy plant for the generation of electricity and heat

The Tsay Keh Dene First Nation will receive CN$25,000 to assess the feasibility of building a CHP biomass plant for the community using organic rankin cycle technology.

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