This article first appeared as a news brief in print in the April/May issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. The date of the event has changed since printing from April 3 to May 1.
The forest industry is a backbone of Revelstoke’s economy; a new initiative is seeking to strengthen and expand the industry through innovation. One area of focus is wood waste, a costly byproduct of traditional milling that is often trucked out of the community to pulp and pellet mills at a loss.
Startup Revelstoke’s May 1 Innovation Night will explore ways to generate more revenue and jobs with both wood waste and other new wood products.
Startup Revelstoke is a new local organization that connects entrepreneurs with tech industry experts. Startup Revelstoke’s current efforts focus on connecting tech innovations in tourism, recreation and sport, and wood-based products. The wood products and waste innovation night will include experts from the wood industry and tech sector to present challenges and innovative solutions. The evening will include discussions on innovations such as biofuel and biocarbon, along with numerous wood products that could be created right in Revelstoke.
Wood waste can be used in a variety of ways including: wood pellets; landfill cover; absorbing waste; and heat and power, to name a few.
Revelstoke is no stranger to using wood waste products. The Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation’s power plant burns wood waste from Downie Timber, creating steam for the drying kilns at the mill. In addition, the plant generates heated water that is piped to heat 10 buildings in Revelstoke. The energy comes from a biomass boiler at Downie Timber Ltd. Among those using the wood waste heat are School District No. 19’s Begbie View Elementary School and Revelstoke Secondary School, as well as downtown buildings such as the Revelstoke Community Centre and the city hall building.
Link to Facebook event here: The Innovation Night: Wood Products & Waste takes place at the Revelstoke Mountain CoLab on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30–9:30 p.m.