Perspectives Newsletter Spring 2020
Vol. 43, no.1 / Posted on June 15, 2020

Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) aims to produce durable and homogeneous pellets from under-utilized and low-quality biomass resources in Canada. The project has received $2.4 million in funding for four years (2019-2023) from federal government under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. BBRG is collaborating with the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and BFN in this project. Shahab Sokhansanj, Ph.D., the principal investigator (PI), will direct this research project. This project has four research tasks including:

  • Preprocess and pelletize low-quality biomass and generate pellet production data using the newly purchased pilot-scale pellet machine, led by Hamid Rezaei
  • Develop and compare supply chain scenarios and identify the most cost-efficient supply chain scenario considering the possibility of integration with existing grain and wood pellet supply chains, led by Mahmood Ebadian
  • Develop best practices on safe handling and storage of pellets, led by Fahimeh Yazdan Panah
  • Identify a clear commercial pathway to make marketable pellets from low-quality biomass resources a success, including developing quality certification, led by Shahab Sokhansanj (PI of the project) in collaboration with Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC)and BiofuelNet

You can read more here on the project  or if you would like to get in contact with the research team, they can be reached here.