ENHANCED STRAW PELLETS
PCE partners with farmers to acquire bales of flax straw, which are then pelletized using our proprietary process before being transported to customers across the globe. Our product provides biomass power plants with a sustainable, clean and secure fuel source that produces more BTUs/lb than wood.
Benefits of Flax Straw
Flax straw is abundant, renewable, and it burns efficiently:
Canada produces 40% of all global flax, and the amount of flax straw produced annually is well over 750,000 tonnes.
As a staple of Canadian agriculture, flax is already part of farmers’ annual crop rotations. The straw is a residue after the flax has been harvested. It has no nutrient value and must be removed from the field. With no market for this waste, most of the straw is burned in the field.
As tested, flax straw can meet ISO standards. Flax straw has a very low ash content and low moisture levels. The chemical composition of flax straw is appropriate for power generation, with mineral content far below typical agricultural fuel sources. Most importantly, flax straw has a superb heating value, able to generate more than 8,500 BTUs/lb.
Prairie Clean’s products are all independently tested and verified. Testing labs include Econotech (from Delta, British Columbia, Canada) and the Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (from the University of British Columbia).
The flax plant
Flax is a slender plant with pale blue flowers grown as an annual crop for its seeds and fibre. It is used in industrial applications, food production, textiles manufacturing, and as animal fodder. In Canada, the vast majority of flax is harvested for its seeds and the straw fibre is discarded as waste.