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Forest devastation is real.

Did you know that the combined loss as a result of unusable forestry products (junk wood) and infestations costs British Columbia upwards of $1 billion dollars per year? Additionally, forest fire areas are typically abandoned and considered unusable.

Complex problems.

A combination of catastrophic events are killing our forest resources and causing unmeasurable losses. The negative impact of these worsening issues to environmental sustainability is clear.

Infestations

58%

Approximate sellable wood volume affected by infestations in British Columbia in 2017, mainly due to pine beetle.

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Forestry Waste

95%

Approximate amount of forestry waste product that are discarded and burned--a massive waste of a valuable resource.

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Forest Fires

1354284 ha

Area lost to forest fires in 2018, costing British Columbia ~$615 million--not including lost product revenue.

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Introducing FlashTor™

FlashTor™ is a highly efficient torrefaction technology and process  that allows for rapid conversion of ‘green’ woody biomass to the precise specification of customers. The technology is based on multi-staged fluidized bed reactor technology proven at industrial scale by Blackwood Technology in the Netherlands.

Rapid Conversion

70%

Highly desirable properties for coal replacement. No restrictions to co-firing and full-firing in a non-dedicated biomass plant.

Hydrophobic

90%

With an inherent capability to repel water, the product allows for cost effective transport and storage.

Consistency

98 %

Made of 100% thermally-conditioned biomass, minimal variation exists regardless of the wood species used.

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Black Pellets
  • 1 - 5
    moisture content (% wt)

  • 20 - 24
    calorific value (MJ / kg)

  • 55 - 65
    volatiles (% db)

  • 28 - 35
    fixed carbon (% db)

  • 0.75 - 0.85
    bulk density (kg / l)

  • Low
    dust

  • Hydrophobic
    hydroscopic properties

  • No
    biological degredation

  • Standard
    milling requirements

  • Easy
    handling properties

  • High
    product consistency

  • $
    transport cost

Charcoal
  • 1 - 5
    moisture content (% wt)

  • 30 - 32
    calorific value (MJ / kg)

  • 10 - 12
    volatiles (% db)

  • 85 - 87
    fixed carbon (% db)

  • ~ 0.20
    bulk density (kg / l)

  • High
    dust

  • Hydrophobic
    hydroscopic properties

  • No
    biological degredation

  • Standard
    milling requirements

  • Easy
    handling properties

  • High
    product consistency

  • $$
    transport cost

White Pellets
  • 7 - 10
    moisture content (% wt)

  • 15 - 16
    calorific value (MJ / kg)

  • 70 - 75
    volatiles (% db)

  • 20 - 25
    fixed carbon (% db)

  • 0.55 - 0.75
    bulk density (kg / l)

  • Low
    dust

  • Hydrophilic
    hydroscopic properties

  • Yes
    biological degredation

  • Special
    milling requirements

  • Easy
    handling properties

  • High
    product consistency

  • $$
    transport cost

PKS
  • 15 - 20
    moisture content (% wt)

  • 15 - 16
    calorific value (MJ / kg)

  • 70 - 75
    volatiles (% db)

  • 17 - 19
    fixed carbon (% db)

  • 0.55 - 0.57
    bulk density (kg / l)

  • Low
    dust

  • Hydrophobic
    hydroscopic properties

  • Yes
    biological degredation

  • Special
    milling requirements

  • Easy
    handling properties

  • High
    product consistency

  • $$
    transport cost

Coal
  • 10 - 15
    moisture content (% wt)

  • 23 - 28
    calorific value (MJ / kg)

  • 15 - 30
    volatiles (% db)

  • 50 - 55
    fixed carbon (% db)

  • 0.80 - 0.85
    bulk density (kg / l)

  • Low
    dust

  • Hydrophobic
    hydroscopic properties

  • No
    biological degredation

  • Standard
    milling requirements

  • Easy
    handling properties

  • High
    product consistency

  • $$$
    transport cost

Wood
  • 30 - 45
    moisture content (% wt)

  • 9 - 12
    calorific value (MJ / kg)

  • 70 - 75
    volatiles (% db)

  • 20 - 25
    fixed carbon (% db)

  • 0.20 - 0.25
    bulk density (kg / l)

  • Average
    dust

  • Hydrophilic
    hydroscopic properties

  • Yes
    biological degredation

  • Special
    milling requirements

  • Special
    handling properties

  • Limited
    product consistency

  • $$$
    transport cost

The strategy.

Boreal is making rapid progress in its plan to operationalize its technology and processes. A strategic roadmap is in effect that supports high-level business components.

Secure Supply

Beginning with British Columbia, forest waste supply is being secured. Additional global sources are being reviewed.

Technology Implementation

Advanced torrefaction facilities are being engineered and constructed to accommodate anticipated demand.

Global Partnerships

Relationships with suppliers and consumers around the world are being established, beginning with Japan.

One step at a time.

Beginning with the development of the proto-type technology facility in British Columbia, Boreal is on-track to begin production in 2020, and provide supply to international markets the following year.

Technology Facility

IN PROGRESS

The facility, located in McBride, British Columbia, will produce 150,000 - 250,000 metric tonnes of black pellets annually. This site will also offer biomass gasification, power generation, and a specialty sawmill, making it completely self-sustainable run solely on forestry waste.

Japan

2021

Working with  a variety of Japan-based entities, plans are underway to supply the country with upwards of 3,000,000 metric tonnes of black pellets, per year.

Global Expansion

2022

Once sustainable Japan supply has been successfully achieved, expansion to other global markets will begin.

Interested in learning more?

We would love the opportunity to answer any questions that you might have, and discuss any opportunity for strategic partnerships or investment opportunities.

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