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On August 10th, 2009, Erich Fussl visited Council to discuss a proposition.  On July 25th 2011, this proposition starts to bear fruit.
REPORTING · 27th July 2011
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan was elated after Kitimat received it’s grant money for the Pytrade project on morning of Monday, July 25th. Monaghan has been in touch with Erich Fussl of Pytrade almost every day for the last two years working on this project.

“We did get our money for our Pytrade. We got a million dollars and that will free up the machines that are coming in from Germany. Those are free. They want to use Kitimat as a pilot project for bio mass and Pyrolysis machines,” said Monaghan.

Pyrolysis is when biofuel is made from wood waste. Kitimat is getting two machines so people could come to Kitimat to look at how these machines would benefit them.

There are other projects in the works with these. The heat and electricity from the plant could go into greenhouses although Monaghan stated she does not know how many green houses would be utilized where they would be or how big they would be.

Other options which could be on the table include a research project between the University of Hamburg and the University of Northern British Columbia. Kitimat could also produce pellets and briquettes using cardboard from across the Northwest.

“These are all the different things which can be. None of them are for certain. These are projects we are looking at which might be able to be utilized from this particular project,” said Monaghan.
picture on pytrade story
Comment by H.Sanou on 27th July 2011
can you update that picture or was there a resurrection of one councilor ?

Editors note: The photo taken was in 2009 at the start of the Pytrade negotiations in Kitimat and Erich Fussl was in Kitimat. There is a caption on the photo