Flexibility is the key in transforming and extracting full value from the recovered slash. In today's global market, competing means being imaginative in developing production systems. This is exactly what lets us stand out from the crowd. Our resource is available, in great quantities and close at hand. That's our advantage. Our main challenge is converting that mixed and varied resource into valuable products. The CYCLOFOR approach will allow better resource utilisation, a flexible system that can adapt to new markets, and most off all, a sound sustainable management structure as advocated by both levels of government, NGOs and the public eye.
Biomass can be used in many ways - Cogeneration, biodiesel, ethanol, densified wood products, essential oils, pharmaceutical products, horticultural products, etc…. The prerequisite, however, is a steady supply of biomass, in sufficient quantity and quality, and at competitive price to allow these markets to develop. Our sorting and processing plant will acts as a hub, allowing a host of 2nd and 3rd transformation users to establish businesses in the same industrial complex. Each user can then be supplied their own specific biomass product via electric conveyors, resulting in lower costs, and again reduced GHG emissions. Having a diverse range of products will also better insulate CYCLOFOR in a sector known for market swings and cycles. The end result is an optimised, diversified center for biomass value-added production.
First by obligation, and now by habit, CYCLOFOR has developed its own machinery to meet its unique needs. The Maximiser-Debarker is no exception. This piece of equipment is the key component in the biomass segregation process. Experience and innovation have combined to develop this concept in biomass debarking.
The white wood or white wood fibre, when freed from its bark, is then transformed into a variety of value added products like pulpwood chips, fine particles for the panel industry, livestock litter, horticultural products, densified wood products, etc. The bark, the leaves, the needles and the fine branches are also refined to produce essential oils, horticultural products, densified wood products, biofuels, etc.
To supply local needs first and to export only the produced surplus will both limit transport costs and help limit GHG emissions.