Pellets + Bioeconomy


As the world’s population continues to grow, so will the demand for cleaner energy solutions and better products. Research will propel us forward. We are one of the few forest sector associations in Canada with a research arm, one that is unlocking the door to the new bioeconomy.

WPAC is partners in the Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG), a world-class research group, based at the University of British Columbia. 

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Today, wood pellets are gaining international recognition as a gateway to producing different types of high-value fuels and biomaterials. Through our research and collaboration with partners, we are trailblazing on the product development, safety, and supply fronts. 

Read: WPAC Report: Researching the Future

  • WPAC has partnered with the University of British Columbia on a four-year collaborative project to undertake comprehensive research related to wood pellet production, safety, logistics, and commercialization of wood pelletsWith funding from the Government of Canada, this research program brings together experts in the field of sustainable biomass, engineering, and energy markets.
    Read: Research Creating a World of Possibilities
  • The BioFuel Net Canada and WPAC research project is a four-year project (2019-2023) funded by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Our four research tasks are related to the use of low-quality agricultural biomass, cost-efficient supply chains, best practices on safe handling and storage of pellets, and the development of quality certification for pellets.
    Learn more: BBRG Research Projects
  • Canadian pellet producers work with our customers to develop and implement key sustainability metrics and ensure that together we are contributing to positive environmental outcomes. One excellent example of this type of partnership is Drax—a global green-energy producer headquartered in the UK with operations in Europe and North America. Drax is also a major customer of Canadian wood pellet producers.
    Read Canadian Biomass Magazine article: How Wood Pellet Customer Relationships Help Advance Sustainability
  • WPAC and BBRG have applied for a new five-year research funding agreement with the Government of Canada under the recently announced Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) program. 

An interview with Shahab Sokhansanj, Ph.D., research leader, Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group, University of British Columbia.

Read Canadian Biomass Magazine article: Improving Safety with Improved Fibre Pile Management 


WPAC’s Safety Committee decided to produce an educational video to help operators minimize the risks associated with combustible gas. Several partners quickly stepped up with technical and financial support. These include the University of British Columbia Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group, BC Forest Safety Council, BiomassCanada Cluster, and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. This group has now released the video Best Practices in Managing Combustible Gas. 

Watch: Best Practices for Managing Combustible Gas

Fahimeh Yazdan Panah is globally recognized for her leadership and research in support of the safe use, storage, and transportation of wood pellets, contributing to greenhouse gas solutions that have the power to transform our world. 

Read naturally:wood blog: Wood Pellets Produce New Ways of Thinking About Climate Change