Wood pellets—when consistent conditions are key
For a product that handles easily, flows effortlessly, is easy to convey, and sells readily, stability can change in an instant for wood pellets. Introduce a drop of moisture, and the product turns to mush. Produce an ignition source, and dust becomes explosive. Off gassing and temperature increases are also real risks to product integrity and employee safety. Mitigate these concerns by choosing a dome for bulk storage.
- Airtight nature: Our domes are completely air tight, lending themselves to much flexibility when managing pellets. Because pellets self-heat and can self-combust when stored for extended periods, nitrogen used to pacify the product is trapped the dome, equaling cost savings in would-be-wasted nitrogen.
- Explosion protection: Domes that store wood pellets are built with an explosion panel over the vent at the apex; this panel seals out moisture but is rated to release in an explosion event or when air pressure is excessive. When the explosion panel is loosed, the shape of the structure channels energy through the panel, meaning less chance of your dome being compromised should an explosion occur.
- More storage, smaller footprint: Warehouses and flat-storage structures can only be built so tall before their strength is compromised; with domes, customers can store more product in a smaller footprint, stacking it deeper and taking up less valuable property at the site. While common for businesses to require three to five buildings for flat storage, one dome will likely accommodate the same amount of material in one structure. The dome’s double curvature lends itself to strength and the ability to build up, rather than out. Increased storage means more opportunities to make money by moving tons into and out of the dome, maximizing business efforts as product is moved through the facility.
- Waterproof membrane and insulation: Our domes are completely waterproof, preventing pellets from exposure to moisture that causes them to expand, contributes to degrading, and results in self-heating. The dome’s insulated nature also prevents heating and cooling of the walls and air inside, thus preventing condensation from forming and protecting the integrity of the product. Temperature fluctuations are tempered, so self-heating and combustion happens much less frequently than in traditional storage structures.