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Title (Primary) Global wood pellet industry and trade study 2017
Author Thrän, D.; Peetz, D.; Schaubach, K.; Benedetti, L.; Bruce, L.; Coelho, S.T.; Craggs, L.; Diaz-Chavez, R.; Escobar, F.J.; Goldemberg, J.; Guisson, R.; Hansen, M.T.; Heinimö, J.; Hektor, B.; Hess, R.J.; Junginger, M.; Lamers, P.; Mai-Moulin, T.; Murray, G.; Olsson, O.; Pellini, A.; Proskurina, A.; Schipfer, F.; Stelte, W.; Thiermann, U.; Trømborg, E.; Visser, L.; Wild, M.
Year 2017
Page To 243
Language englisch
Abstract This IEA Bioenergy Task 40 report provides an inventory of the wood pellet industries and markets in more than 30 countries with regard to regulatory frameworks, production capacities, consumption and price trends, trade, logistics and country specific standardisation aspects. The inventory not only summarizes material flows and prices but also provides insights into the heterogeneity of the pellet market development in the different countries, which are driven by different energy supply infrastructures and market setup, as well as the expression of the wood processing industry and national policies for climate emissions reduction and resource exploitation.
Wood pellets are a renewable energy carrier which is produced from sawdust or other ground
woody materials. International standards define product requirements i.e. moisture, energy
density, abrasion resistance, particle size and shape for wood pellets (ISO 17225-2) which allowed
wood pellets to turn into a commodity. Over the past 10 years, the production of wood pellets
increased steadily, driven by a corresponding constantly rising demand. For 2006, the production
was estimated between 6 and 7 Mt (excluding negligible production in Asia, Latin America and
Australia), expanding globally to 14.3 Mt in 2010 (IEA Bioenergy, 2011) and surpassed 26 Mt in
There are different pellets from different sources and qualities available today, such as wood
pellets, agropellets, torrefied pellets etc. (Figure 0.1). So far, wood pellets of dedicated qualities
are dominating and are delivered and consumed in two different markets:
(1) In the electricity generation sector, they are co-fired in coal based power plants and
mono-fired in converted coal power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emission of
electricity generation.
(2) In the residential heating sector they are widely used as a convenient solid biofuel
application in automatic stoves and boilers. Therefore pellets with a dedicated quality
(ENplus) are dominant, which are produced closer to the consumer and characterized by
trade within the country or between neighboring countries. Delivery is realized in small
scale units.
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Thrän, D., Peetz, D., Schaubach, K., Benedetti, L., Bruce, L., Coelho, S.T., Craggs, L., Diaz-Chavez, R., Escobar, F.J., Goldemberg, J., Guisson, R., Hansen, M.T., Heinimö, J., Hektor, B., Hess, R.J., Junginger, M., Lamers, P., Mai-Moulin, T., Murray, G., Olsson, O., Pellini, A., Proskurina, A., Schipfer, F., Stelte, W., Thiermann, U., Trømborg, E., Visser, L., Wild, M. (2017):
Global wood pellet industry and trade study 2017
IEA Bioenergy, 243 pp.