About the Author, G.F. Paul Janzé

Mr. Janzé has more than 30 years experience in engineering design, project management, DSC_0902aequipment manufacturing and maintenance, primarily in the forest products industry.

His early experience in mill maintenance, equipment design and industrial engineering is a great benefit as he fully appreciates the requirements of a mill from an operations and maintenance perspective.

Paul is the principal / owner of `Advanced Biomass Consulting Inc.‘ (ABC) located in Langley, BC, Canada.  Paul and ABC specialize in conceptual and detail design of wood and biomass handling systems primarily for the energy and pulp and paper industries.

Paul worked for 21 years for Sandwell Engineering (now Ausenco) in Vancouver, BC as a Senior Specialist, Industrial Material Handling with the last 4 years as Manager, Wood and Biomass Handling, where his responsibilities included business development, design staff supervision and review of industrial material handling projects.  Additionally, Paul had direct involvement in feasibility studies and projects including, cost estimating, process conceptual design, detail design, project co-ordination and scheduling, construction assistance and mill `trouble-shooting’ of material handling systems primarily for power generation facilities, pulpmill woodrooms, sawmills and other industrial facilities.

Prior to his time at Sandwell, Paul worked for (13) years with H.A. Simons (now Wood PLC / Amec Foster Wheeler) in Vancouver, BC as a senior designer and small-project manager.  And prior to that about (10) years in equipment manufacturing and mill maintenance.

His experience includes: biomass handling and processing including forest residuals, log handling, chip handling and screening, woodwaste from processing plants, wood pellets, wood strands, corn stover, straw and poultry litter, deinked pulp, sludge and biosolids; municipal solid waste (MSW); and lime rock and dust, coal, coke, ash and alumina handling.  He has a keen interest in technologies which recover and utilize waste materials and convert them into products such as wood pellets.  Paul’s specialties are fibre flow analysis, mass balances, process optimization and designing novel solutions to complex conveying problems.

Paul places great value on teamwork and on the interaction between client and engineer, recognizing the essential need to involve the client at all stages of the engineering process.  He particularly enjoys visiting mills to view the operating problems first-hand, and to solicit the opinions of those whose responsibility it is to operate and maintain the equipment.

Paul likes to be involved with a project from early conceptualization through definition planning, detail engineering, construction, start-up and optimization.  He is very cognizant of the need for a process to be functionally sound, operationally efficient and cost effective.

Paul has developed several novel pieces of equipment, most recently a helical chute designed to allow fragile materials such as wood pellets or agricultural products to slide into storage silos, thereby reducing their velocity, subsequent impacts and product degradation.

Paul has completed more than 180 projects and studies in his career, most of them in wood and biomass handling.


  • Diploma Management Skills in Advanced Technology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, 2005
  • Senior Certificate in Mechanical Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC, 1974
  • Millwright Apprenticeship with BC Trades Qualification, Interprovincial Standards, Pacific Vocational Institute, Burnaby, BC, 1972


Paul can be reached at:

Advanced Biomass Consulting Inc.

Box 214,

47 – 20821 Fraser Highway,

Langley, BC, Canada, V3A 4G7

tel: 1-604-505-5857

Email: pjanze@telus.net 

12 replies on “About the Author, G.F. Paul Janzé”

  1. Hi paul,
    i have read some points from the website about biomass storage and i am really impressed.

    Rushikesh Mistry

  2. Paul:

    We offer UAV surveys of piles of things including biomass materials. Is accurate , cost effective surveying on a regular (monthly/quarterly) something that would be of interest to the biomas industry? Would pulp and paper companies be interested in this type of service?

    Thank you

  3. Hi Clay,
    Yes, pulp and paper mills are always looking for new ways of surveying their biomass piles. What is the actual survey technology that you use in your UAV?

  4. Hello Paul I have a question I’d like to email you, but the email contact above seems to be not receiving emails, do you have an active email account I could send you a question to?
    Thank you
    Erik Brinkman

  5. Hi Jack,
    I like to know who I am dealing with, so will need a bit more information from you before I respond to your query.
    What is the name of your company?
    Where is it located?
    What is your position in the company?
    What is the plant capacity?
    Do you have a process flow diagram that you could share?
    In what form is the bagasse delivered to your plant?

  6. Thank you for some interesting and valuable information.
    We are mechanical ship trimmers, we are developing “soft handling techniques” to maintain the fines are included over the maximum amount of product to prevent slugs of fines entering the systems, a significant benefit is preservation of the pellet.
    I am also chair of the Port Skills and Safety Group Plant & Machinery Working Group, there is very little knowledge in the UK of using machinery with these products in high tonnages.
    Do you have any associates / industry bodies / machinery preparation companies / or documentation you can signpost me to please?
    Kindest regards
    Best Regards
    Darren Bemrose
    Tech IOSH, CMgr, FCMI
    Managing Director
    Westfield Plant & Management Services
    Scan-Mech Plant Ltd

  7. Hello Darren,
    I like to know who I am dealing with, so I looked at your profile on LinkedIn and sent you an invitation to connect. I also `googled’ your companies, Westfield Plant & Management Services and Scan-Mech Plant Ltd., but was unable to find anything. Please tell me a bit about your companies and your position in them.
    I assume from your email that you are handling woody biomass used in the manufacture of wood pellets or are handling manufactured wood pellets and are concerned with product degradation and fugitive dusting, and are looking for ways of handling woody biomass that limit small particle generation. This is always a concern when handling biomass not only from a fibre loss or product integrity perspective but also from health and safety and environment. Uncontrolled wood dust presents a fire and explosion hazard and can cause health problems and can cause environmental harm.
    Woody biomass in all its forms has been utilized in the forest products industry for decades, so there is a wealth of experience and information available for the `newcomer’. You definitely do not have to re-invent the wheel. However, each wood processing system is unique and most systems while similar to other installations are usually customized to meet the client’s requirements.
    I would be able to provide specialist consulting assistance and/or references to others, but I need to know more about your specific requirements.
    Please contact me at pjanze@telus.net
    Paul Janze
    Advanced Biomass Consulting Inc.
    Langley, BC Canada

  8. Hello Paul,
    Your web pages are very interesting..
    We are starting a Biomass project in Indonesia and looking for a company with experiences in engineering to limit the risks at this stage.
    Could you recommend me a couple of company names, working in SEA.?
    Best Regards
    Guy Debellemaniere
    Engineering Manager

  9. Hello Mr. Paul

    This website has very interesting informtions.
    I have to do a roller screen and I have a quastion.
    I’d like to email you or profile linkedin.
    If you can it send me.
    Thank you

  10. Hello Adrian,
    Thank you for visiting my website. You can email me at pjanze@telus.net .
    Please tell me a bit about yourself, your company and your project.
    Paul Janze
    Advanced Biomass Consulting Inc.

  11. I read your block on your webpage about offloading of biomass – I learned a lot. I am a freelance consultant working with EHS. Currently I am working for clients, who are constructing warehouses for wood pellets. Thire practice is just to tip the load, so all the pellets (Typical between 18-38 metric ton) will slide down to the back end of the truck and end on a paved floor. (The tipping devise is integrated in the truck)
    A lot of dust is created during this operation, and the cloud is thick enough to create an explosive atmosphere. The big question I am facing: Does the truck have to be upgraded to work in an explosive atmosphere?
    The issue is new here in Denmark, but perhaps there is some experience in Canada with this. Perhaps even an accident, where an explosion did happen during dumping of wood pellets from a truck? I ask because in Canada the wood pellets industry is much larger than in Denmark.

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