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[en] This article provided a literature review of emerging technologies for ethanol production in Canada. A multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) panel was used to weigh critical metrics for evaluating the potential of emerging forest biorefinery technologies for bio-ethanol production. The 3-step methodology identified key factors for evaluating technology pathways. Key factors were applied to a group of selected technologies in order to collect data. All previous criteria were weighted through the MCDM panel in order to rank the technologies, which included biochemical pathway and thermochemical pathway production processes. Criteria included return on investment; feedstock flexibility; technology risk; energy and integration; products and revenue diversification; potential for additional products; and potential environmental impact. The study showed that techno-economic criteria are the most important barriers to the implementation of ethanol biorefineries. While thermochemical processes are economically feasible and provide greater flexibility, biochemical refining processes may provide for the development of other value-added products. 21 refs., 3 tabs., 7 figs.
[en] This paper discussed the barriers and drivers for the implementation of biorefinery technology in the forestry industry. A multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) methodology was used by a panel of industry experts. The objective, drivers and barriers, and the decision structure and weighting procedure were established during a pre-panel phase. An analytic hierarchy process (AHP) was then applied to compare qualitative criteria. Pair-wise criteria were used to determine the importance of each driver and barrier. Drivers for the implementation of biorefineries included the opportunity to ensure short-term profitability; the provision of raw materials at competitive prices; potential financial incentives; and the opportunity to transform the forestry business model and increase its market value. Barriers included uncertainty in relation to government policies for biorefineries; high technology risks; the need for partnerships; and the fact that many industry members favour short-term decision-making. Results of the study showed that the most significant barrier was related to risk. 5 refs., 3 tabs., 3 figs.
[en] Most kraft pulp mills in Canada have installed some form of noncondensable gas (NCG) system to collect and treat air emissions that include odorous total reduced sulphur compounds with hydrogen sulphide and the organic compounds methyl mercaptan, dimethyl sulphide or dimethyl disulphide. However, the extent of these systems varies greatly. Therefore, in order to optimize the design and operation of these NCG systems, it would be beneficial to have a simple but accurate method of predicting emissions without direct measures. This paper presented a method to predict total reduced sulphur (TRS) emissions from kraft pulp mills using correlations based on the vapour-liquid equilibrium (VLE) theory. The brown stock washing area of the Howe Sound mill provided samples which were tested to determine the concentration of TRS compounds. Heat and material balances of the washing line were constructed using CADSim Plus simulation software. Emissions of these volatile sulphur compounds were simulated by incorporating a VLE module into the software. This study also extended the simulation balances to include NCG emissions from process equipment. It was concluded that the newly proposed method can be used to optimize the operation of NCG systems, to evaluate TRS control alternatives and to improve the accuracy of environmental reporting. 14 refs., 1 tab., 7 figs