Critical Industry Matters

In this month’s issue of Biomass Magazine, we’ve tied emissions control together with dust management and fire suppression.
By Anna Simet | July 11, 2018

In this month’s issue of Biomass Magazine, we’ve tied emissions control together with dust management and fire suppression. The reasoning behind this is that responsible dust management means keeping your facility as clean as possible on the inside to prevent catastrophic events such as fires and explosions—most importantly, to protect employees and assets—and responsible emissions control is ensuring what comes out the backend is as clean as possible, protecting the environment and the health of nearby communities. Brilliant, right?

Toward the front of this edition, you’ll find a piece on deflagration—causes, prevention and regulations. In the article, IEP Technologies’ Geffrey Mitchell recommends implementing a mix of actions and solutions to help diminish the chance of a fire or deflagration from happening at your biomass facility. He discusses the most common prevention methods, such as a dust hazard analysis and ignition control, as well as typical means of deflagration protection. The latter, of course, are lines of defense in case prevention methods fail, and reality is that it can and does happen. 

Considering these risks that wood-using energy facilities face, we have included a column in which Dacarba’s Bryan Gaston, on page 11, discusses insurance risks the wood pellet industry endures, as well as a contribution by IMA’s Kenny Hallacy, on page 32, which addresses the biomass and pellet industries’ steep insurance costs. Both recognize an issue that strains these sectors, and propose some potential solutions that stakeholders may want to further explore. 

Digging into emissions control, Ron Kotrba’s page-20 feature, “The Utility of Cyclones,” provides an impressive overview of cyclones and their role in dust collection and emissions reduction in a variety of biomass energy applications, as well as some recent technological advances.

Finally, I hope you enjoy the photo-heavy review of the International Biomass Conference & Expo, held in Atlanta in mid-April. I am continually amazed at the incredible mix of smart and motivated attendees we welcome to the event every year, a meeting at which industry stakeholders collaborate, and discuss and share ways to solve the industry’s most pressing challenges, including those highlighted in this issue.


Author: Anna Simet
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asimet@bbiinternational.com