MHG Systems and ACFOR today announced a Letter of Intent to implement MHG’s complete ERP solution for bioenergy production processes. Implementation of ‘Biomass Manager’ marks a key step in development of sustainable supply chains necessary to support wood-chip based heat production in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Canada.
The parties aim to kick-off cooperation in support of ACFOR’s ongoing expansion in supplying, managing and constructing forest biomass-fired heat plants in New Brunswick (NB) and Prince Edward Island (PEI)). Co-ordinating players across multiple remote forest locations and across complex supply chains can be a daunting challenge, and MHG Biomass Manager will be used to track and manage feedstock from stump to boiler.
The service is specifically designed for electronic tracking of location and quality data, as well as sending digital work orders and work delivery confirmations. This in addition to map features enable timely and informed management decisions, monitoring of quality and quantity of biomass and increase megawatt output per unit biomass harvested and transported. Biomass Manager can be accessed via any web browser as well as via on-line or off-line mobile devices.
“Heat boilers and wood suppliers need accurate and scalable capacity-planning and monitoring tools to bring biomass from the source to heat plants. By using the latest technologies and methods, our work is done in a timely and effective manner”, said Mathieu LeBlanc, CEO ACFOR.
“When working with biomass, it is important to know the location, quality and quantity, to enable optimal management of biomass, especially for small to medium sized operations facing expansion and increased complexity in daily logistics ” underlined Seppo Huurinainen, Managing Director MHG Systems. He anticipated that MHG Systems is ready to work with Canadian biomass producers and users to facilitate adoption of tailor-made automated management systems. According to a 2012 feedstock assessment by the University of Moncton, the province of New Brunswick alone has the potential to produce 463 MW of electricity and 1111 MW of thermal heat based purely on forest residuals.