Biomass Storage

Safe Handling and Storage of Biomass (Part I): Off-Gassing, Self-Heating and Silo Fire

This webinar is presented by Fahimeh Yazdan Panah (WPAC/UBC). Best practices for managing the major safety hazards in wood pellet manufacturing including wood pellet off-gassing, self-heating and silo fires, and combustible dust and gas management will be discussed in this webinar. The rapid increase in the production and use of various types of biomass as energy carrier leads to an increase in handling and storage activities throughout the supply chain. Biomass is a broad description of many materials with different chemical composition, moisture content and physical characteristics, each requiring special attention in order to comply with safety and health regulations. The properties of a biomass material and the intended use determine how the material should be safely transported and stored. Self-heating, off-gassing and dust/gas explosions are significant challenges for the industry that have already resulted in significant losses of capital investments and even tragic loss of life. With the growth of the bioenergy sector, it is important not only that opportunities for bioenergy are implemented in an efficient and economic manner, but also safely.


Safe Handling and Storage of Biomass (Part II): Combustible Dust and Combustible Gas

This webinar is presented by Jeff Mycroft, Regional Sales manager at Fike Canada. In this webinar, hazards associated with combustible dust, hazard assessment as well as hazard control and management, are described. The characteristics that cause wood dust to be explosive are also outlined. Additionally, topics including the elements required for an explosion to happen, primary and secondary explosions and hazard control systems such as passive containment, engineering controls and housekeeping, are also reviewed.