Why take waste by-products from timber manufacturing and refine this into pencil sized pellets with uniform size, shape, moisture content, density and energy content? Why not simply burn the raw wood waste rather than turn it into pellets?
When wood pellets are burned, the same amount of carbon dioxide is released as was captured by the tree during its growth phase. No additional greenhouse gases are emitted, thus it circulates in a renewable, carbon-neutral cycle.
Pinnacle sources waste from timber manufacturing that would otherwise have been left or burned, compresses and engineers the fibres to create wood pellets. These sustainable pellets reduce replace the need to use fossil fuels or firewood as a heat source.
Arsenic, carbon monoxide, sulphur and carbon dioxide are just a few of the pollutants produced by non-renewable fossil fuels used for heat and energy. Pellets burn more efficiently (system efficiency averages at 80 per cent) than other fuels and emissions from pellet burners meet the most stringent Environmental Protection Act requirements.
The moisture content of pellets is substantially lower (four per cent to eight per cent water, compared with 20 per cent to 60 per cent for raw biomass). Less moisture means higher BTU value and easier handling, especially in freezing conditions with green biomass.
Pellets are easier to handle. Their uniform shape and size allows for a smaller and simpler feed system, which reduces costs, and makes them easy to store in standard silos, transport in rail cars and deliver in tanker trucks.
Pellets pose none of the environmental risks that spillable fossil fuels do. The remarkable consistency and burn efficiency of pellet fuel produces a fraction of the particulate emissions of raw wood waste. Pellet burners have the lowest particulate matter emissions of all solid-fuel burners.
History has shown that non-renewable fossil fuels are extremely price volatile. A crisis or international event that chokes fossil fuel supplies can cause periodic spikes in costs. Most countries are expected to increase their importation of foreign oil greatly as compared to their oil consumption today. Considering the human, political, and economic consequences of non-renewable fuels, such variations loom ominously large for anyone contemplating running a tightly budgeted business on oil or natural gas.
Pellet fuel costs have been virtually constant with no foreseeable change. Since forecasters rely on regional manufacturers for their production estimates, the estimate of pellet fuel costs is likely to be far more accurate than oil estimates from OPEC. Given that hundreds of businesses were forced to shut their doors due to the dizzying spike in fuel costs in 2001, doesn't it simply make better sense to rely on local resources for your energy?
Pinnacle currently operates seven wood pellet production facilities throughout western Canada, and one production facility in Alabama. Pinnacle’s Canadian production facilities are all located on major rail lines allowing for efficient rail transport to one of two ocean shipping terminals on the B.C. coast: Pinnacle’s wholly-owned Westview terminal in Prince Rupert, and the Fibreco Terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The Alabama production facility utilizes inland waterways to cost-effectively transport pellets for ocean shipping via the Port of Mobile on the U.S. Gulf Coast.