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UBC Partnership

Improving the straw pellet process

Wintergreen Pellets & UBC

The UBC Partnership

Wintergreen Pellets previously partnered with the BBRG (Biomass & Bioenergy Research Group) at UBC who have recently wrapped up their four year project (2019-2023) exploring the production, logistics and commercialization of marketable pellets from underutilized low quality biomass in Canada. This $2.4 million project was funded by the federal government under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The UBC’s BBRG collaborated with the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and BFN for this project.

Wintergreen Pellets and UBC first started collaborating in June of 2020 where it was evident from both parties that goals and objectives aligned.  The Wintergreen Pellets team maintained, managed and operated a newly purchased densification plant (pellet mill SPC PP150) on behalf of BBRG.  The plant tested the performance of the operation in producing densified products from individual and blends of straw, hay, wood and other farm products like grain screenings.  Wintergreen Pellets also acted as the technical personnel operating the plant and collected performance data like temperatures, flow rates, power and energy consumption. Wintergreen organized field demonstrations to exhibit the benefit of pelletization to interested farmers and potential investors.  Wintergreen Pellets continues to engage with UBC and the BBRG to further study and promote the straw pellet industry.  Together they continue to apply for additional grant funding.

Wintergreen Pellets continues to run and operate the pellet mill procured through this project.  A variety of straw pellets have been produced for various different research and private groups to advance the knowledge and potential industry of straw pellets in Canada.