We make our wood pellet fuel with green energy in our two local plants in Enniskillen (Northern Ireland) and Invergordon (Scotland).
We use a sustainable manufacturing process, by using renewable energy and the highest quality material.
The renewable energy used to manufacture the pellet fuel is generated on-site thanks to the co-products of all Balcas saw-milling activities. That’s what makes our manufacturing operations be powered by green electricity possible.
The original timber is either spruce or pine, locally sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Please continue to scroll down to see our manufacturing process in more detail.
Wood is at the heart of what we do. For every tree we use, we plant four more!
Everything starts in our local forests…
We use every bit of the tree and don’t waste anything in our saw-milling & manufacturing activities. Check out the video below to see how every tree we use is processed and how we are increasing the green impact we have on the world around us.
Why is sustainability important?
Environment Friendly & Less CO2 – Renewable energy and shorter distances mean our carbon footprint is less than any other imported pellets, which can travel half way around the globe.
Highest quality possible of your delivered wood pellet fuel – Buying from a sustainable manufacturer who delivers directly to your address is reducing the risk of cross-contamination.
Our manufacturing process in detail:
High quality virgin material is supplied as a combination of saw-milling co-products and on site chipping.
This is the initial process to reduce particle size and especially screen out oversized material to improve the efficiency of the drying process.
Material dries at an air temperature of more than 100°C reducing moisture content by up to 50%. Indeed, all the heat and electricity is provided from our on site biomass combined heat and power stations.
Particle size is reduced further in a dry material hammer mill, ready for pressing into ENplus® A1 quality wood pellets.
Material is extruded through the pellet forming die at a very high pressure to ensure the highest quality wood pellets. This process draws out the natural lignin in the wood which helps bind the material together. Moreover, occasionally a little natural binder may be added to improve the durability of the pellets.
Cooling and Screening
We cool the pellets from approx. 90°C to less than 40°C – This ensures they are fully hardened and are then screened to remove all fines. Then we recycle all fines back into the manufacturing process.
Silos and Distribution
Then we store all pellets in on-site silos, ready for filling our dedicated pneumatic pellet delivery trucks.
We make sure we sample and test all pellets during production and on despatch to guarantee ENplus A1 quality standard. Wood Burning Pellets to order here
Balcas Energy is on the Government’s official wood pellets suppliers list
For more information on Ofgem’s wood pellets suppliers list, please visit the Government’s official wood pellets suppliers list HERE
You will find us trading as Balcas Timber Ltd – our official corporate name for trading.