This is how we make Wood Pellets…

We sustainably manufacture our wood pellets fuel in our two plants located in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, and Invergordon, Scotland.

We make them with renewable energy and high quality material. So our operations are powered by green electricity. We generate this on site thanks to the co-products of all Balcas saw-milling activities.

The original timber is either spruce or pine, which are all locally sourced from sustainably managed forests. Click here to see Balcas’ Sustainability Manufacturing Process.

wood pellets

Wood is at the heart of what we do. For every tree we use, we plant four more!

  • Raw Material

    High quality virgin material is supplied as a combination of saw-milling co-products and on site chipping.

  • Initial Processing

    This is the initial process to reduce particle size and especially screen out oversized material to improve the efficiency of the drying process.

  • Drying

    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.

  • Hammermill

    Particle size is reduced further in a dry material hammer mill, ready for pressing into ENplus® A1 quality wood pellets.

  • Pellet Press

    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: http://biomass-suppliers-list.service.gov.uk/

You will find us trading as Balcas timber – our official corporate name for trading.