The leftovers make up around 60% of the original crop by weight and are sometimes exported or fed to livestock, however, Dalai said. PANOW it could also be used as a source of energy.
âWe really don’t use the leftover materials to make money for our farmers or really anything. “
The main challenge right now is to turn the canola meal into pellets. Dalai noted that they recently obtained the necessary equipment to make this happen.
After creating the pellets, they will need to ensure that they can be stored and transported to facilities where they can be burned to produce heat and electricity.
Then tests can begin to see if the pellets can actually do the job that coal and natural gas currently do.
âIt’s all about mass production and seeing if the quality is maintained. If moisture gets into the pellet, it can crumble and lose its mechanical strength, âDalai added.
They also plan to examine other crops such as canola hull, mustard flour and hull, and oat hull.
The Dalai thinks they should know if all these crops can be a good source of bioenergy within five to ten years.
He added that support from the federal government and energy companies, especially to help with the technology needed to make this happen, would make this timeline realistic.
âThe fossil fuel industry will continue for the next 50 to 100 years for sure. Without working together, it is difficult to be successful.
If canola meal becomes a possibility, it could give Saskatchewan’s economy a boost.
In 2019, Canada produced more than 18 million tonnes of canola, with the province accounting for about 10 million tonnes.
Saskatchewan also accounts for almost half of Canada’s current farmland.
Canada remains one of the main exporting countries, which means that all the pellets developed could be sold in international markets.
Dalai believes that the attraction of being environmentally friendly would also be of great benefit, helping to attract more investment.
âIt would be a win-win situation for everyone involvedâ¦ it looks good and also brings a lot of income for people. “
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