Guest Blog by Bruce Nagy
It's a sunny but frigid February afternoon in a tiny town in central Quebec. A gruff, no-nonsense lumber veteran has invited some guests to his one-year-old biomass factory and leads them on a tour. The plant produces more than 100,000 tons of wood pellets per year and covers several acres. It's quite the scene, with giant piles of golden feedstock, and noisy equipment for pelletizing, grinding and conveying equipment. It looks like something out of a Transformers movie.
The guests have to pay attention to numerous back-up alarms all around them to avoid being impaled by a tow-motor zipping by, or being run down by tractor trailers rumbling in and out of the busy warehouse.