Fuel conversion to biomass


How to identify, quantify, and validate all the different energy emissions and requirements of a given site? By using a practical methodology based on an energy audit of process and equipment!

The aim of the study was to determine if replacing oil #6 with wood residue could support primary and secondary waste incineration in a fluidized bed incinerator. BMA’s mandate consisted of evaluating the impacts of the conversion on incinerator operation as well as addressing biomass feed issue. Several goals were set, specifically: determining optimal operational parameters for complete substitution of oil, partial substitution of oil, new boiler capacity, etc. Solutions were proposed for feeding the wood residue into the incinerator, including specific equipment recommendations. In the end, BMA’s expertise allowed for a very quick and precise evaluation of the potential savings vs. the costs of implementation.

Unique challenge of this project:

Determining the correct equipment to install and the associated costs. As with all renovation projects, a plant has specific and unique constraints including equipment to be reused or bypassed, limited access passages, etc. BMA met this challenge through an extended site visit, which allowed our experts to collect all the needed data, and provide precise cost estimates.

Pulp and paper plant
Clermont, Quebec



Preliminary Engineering
Impact assessment of alternative fuel use
Study of fan capacity
Pollutant emission study
Cost savings evaluation
Implementation cost evaluation



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