Elmsdale Lumber, of Elmsdale, N.S., plans to build a biochar plant on its property. The plant would cook wood fiber from sawmill byproducts, including softwood chips, in an oxygen-free reactor to produce biochar, a fine crusted carbon-rich charcoal that can be tilled in or mixed with compost to enrich soil.
The biochar plant would help alleviate the glut of wood chips left in the wake of the closure of the Northern Pulp plant, in Pictou County. Elmsdale Lumber used to send 44,000 tons of chips to Northern pulp each year.
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