UN Hears Presentation On North America’s Largest Biomass Power Plant

Energy officials from around the world learned more about North America’s largest 100% biomass-fueled power plant in Geneva, Switzerland last month. OPG business development officer Brent Boyko was a presenter at the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Energy for Sustainable Development conference November 17-21. “The group’s mandate is to foster countries to consider managing their […]

Energy officials from around the world learned more about North America’s largest 100% biomass-fueled power plant in Geneva, Switzerland last month. OPG business development officer Brent Boyko was a presenter at the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Energy for Sustainable Development conference November 17-21.

“The group’s mandate is to foster countries to consider managing their energy portfolios as a mix of conventional and renewable sources,” said Boyko. “By establishing common definitions and a classification framework such is used for non-renewable fuels, best practices can be more easily shared between nations.”

He addressed the Friday morning session, which focused on how renewable energy can help optimize energy systems. His talk covered the planning (including the Pembina study on the sustainability of wood biomass), design, and construction of the conversion project at the AGS, as well as the advanced biomass project in Thunder Bay.

The Thunder Bay Generating Station will use biomass that is thermally treated to be “weatherable” – more durable than the ‘white’ biomass pellets used at the AGS. It can be handled and stored much like coal, and can be used in a coal plant with only minimal plant modifications.

“I was very proud to present an update to this congress,” said Boyko. “Now more of the world is aware of the leading edge renewable solutions being developed right here in Northern Ontario.”

From the Atikokan Progress: http://atikokanprogress.ca/2014/12/03/un-presentation-on-atikokan-generating-station-biomass-conversion/

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