Canada’s Moose Cree First Nation Sowing Seeds For Wood Pellet Plant

The Moose Cree First Nation is looking seriously at getting into manufacturing as its next big development project. The First Nation’s economic development department is about to begin work on a feasibility study for either constructing or purchasing an existing facility to make wood pellets. Wood pellets are typically used by wood-burning furnaces – which […]

The Moose Cree First Nation is looking seriously at getting into manufacturing as its next big development project. The First Nation’s economic development department is about to begin work on a feasibility study for either constructing or purchasing an existing facility to make wood pellets.

Wood pellets are typically used by wood-burning furnaces – which automatically feed the pellets into the furnace from a hopper to heat homes – or commercially for power generation in biomass power plants.

The pellets are typically made of waste wood material left over from sawmills, or insect-killed trees that the lumber industry can’t use. When made of these waste products, and not from whole healthy trees, the pellets are said to be a carbon-neutral fuel source.

Bartholemew Smallboy said the idea for a wood pellet facility was the result of brainstorming done by his colleagues at the Moose Cree economic development department while were trying to come up with a solution to the high cost of heating community members’ homes.

“Members of the department were sitting around and identifying some issues that we have in the community, and one of the issues we talked about was the high cost of heating in the winter time,” said Smallboy.

From The Timmins Press: http://www.timminspress.com/2017/02/02/moose-cree-sewing-seeds-for-wood-pellet-plant

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