Who are we?
We make more than 180,000 tonnes of pellets every year.
Our biomass fuel is sustainably made in dedicated pellet mills, based in Enniskillen and Invergordon. Both of these mills generate their own energy requirements, so we can manufacture using green energy.
Every year the quantity of pellets we supply to the market …
Balcas Energy is the energy business side of Balcas, the natural leader in the world of timber
A co-product of our operations is pure sawdust. In 2004, using natural tree resin as a binder, our engineers pioneered the production of high quality pellets.
Originally known as brites, our high grade ENplus A1 wood pellets have since grown to become 50% of the Balcas business. In 2016, Balcas purchased the UK’s largest wood pellet distribution company Forever Fuels and in 2019, with growth in mind, rebranded as Balcas Energy. Balcas Energy is proud to employ some of the most experienced biomass experts in the UK and Ireland and thanks to our advanced Combined Heat and Power plant, both of our production sites are self-sufficient, using green energy in the manufacturing process.
Balcas Energy’s Invergordon and Enniskillen production sites have manufacturing capacities of 100,000 tonnes and 70,000 tonnes of wood pellets respectively.
Our manufacturing operations are so efficient that we put surplus electricity back into the grid throughout the year.
Balcas employs over 380 people and an additional 300 are engaged in forest harvesting and haulage on our behalf.
We are the largest wood pellet supplier in the UK and Ireland, delivering from a number of local depots including Invergordon, Avonmouth, Enniskillen, New Holland, Okehampton, Essex, East Kilbride, Fishburn and Laragh. We have you covered wherever you are!
Our locally produced pellets are manufactured sustainably from virgin wood residue as a co-product of Balcas’s saw milling process. The original timber is either spruce or pine and they are locally sourced from sustainably managed forests, accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council. No waste or recycled wood is used in the manufacturing process of Balcas Energy Wood Pellets.
The Solution to climate change grows in trees…
When a tree falls to the ground and rots, it releases carbon dioxide. When we harvest a tree from a local forest, Balcas uses every part of it to create timber products and energy. The products we create from the timber such as those used in construction become long term carbon sinks that store carbon long after the original tree would have rotted and decayed if left in the forest naturally. We also use 100% renewable energy to create the wood pellets in our two plants in Enniskillen and Invergordon.
- Since trees absorb carbon as they grow, forest growth will balance the carbon emitted by burning wood for energy.
Using wood pellets can benefit the climate thanks to a two-fold displacement effect:
- First, energy is produced from biomass when it would otherwise have been produced by fossil-fuel energy, so significant emissions are avoided by keeping fossil fuels in the ground.
- Additionally, the alternative fate of wood residue would most likely be to rot and decay, emitting greenhouse gases as it did so.
While the action of burning wood waste itself creates CO2, the net effect is beneficial because of these displacement effects.
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