Bioen­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion in­creases sup­port for heat plant op­er­a­tors

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The New Zealand Bioen­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion is in­creas­ing its sup­port for wood-fu­elled heat plant op­er­a­tors and main­te­nance staff to help plant own­ers im­prove the op­er­a­tion of their plant and en­cour­age oth­ers to move from coal to wood fuel.

“The amount of wood fuel re­plac­ing coal is grow­ing each year and we want to en­sure heat plant op­er­at­ing and main­te­nance staff are well sup­ported,” says the As­so­ci­a­tion’s Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Brian Cox.

The Bioen­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion held its first fo­rum for heat plant op­er­a­tors and main­te­nance staff in Ro­torua on 26 June. Cox said the fo­rum al­lowed heat plant own­ers and op­er­a­tors to share ex­pe­ri­ences and learn from each other about how to op­ti­mise wood fu­elled heat plant op­er­a­tion.

He says the Bioen­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion is in­creas­ing its fo­cus on ef­fi­cient use of wood energy fa­cil­i­ties through its con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme and other mem­ber events so those con­tem­plat­ing mov­ing from coal to wood fuel are com­fort­able with its use be­cause wood fuel per­forms quite dif­fer­ently to coal.

The Bioen­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion is also de­vel­op­ing more train­ing cour­ses and regularly holds we­bi­nars so mem­bers can keep up to date with the latest best prac­tice in the fast-grow­ing wood fuel sec­tor.

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