The Zilkha Black™ Pellet

Zilkha Biomass Energy produces the Zilkha Black™ Pellet, a proprietary water-resistant biomass pellet with multiple markets, the fossil fuel energy market included.

Zilkha Biomass Selma

Our new plant in Selma has commenced production of Zilkha Black™ pellets. Visit our Selma page to learn more.

A Natural Renewable Fuel

We produce a baseload natural renewable fuel, providing good long-term jobs both in the field and in our plants.

Continuing Our Legacy

Our prior company, Zilkha Renewable Energy, made it possible for more than 400,000 households to switch to green wind power by the time it was sold to Energias de Portugal. Zilkha Biomass Energy is a continuation of that legacy.

Zilkha Black™ Pellet

The Zilkha Black™ Pellet is a revolutionary advancement in the pellet industry: our additive-free pellet is water-resistant, durable, energy-dense, and an ideal replacement for coal.

About Biomass

Biomass is dispatchable and provides energy 24 hours per day. Biomass is the world’s oldest & most efficient solar battery. The amount of sunlight that reaches the earth’s surface during one hour is sufficient to power the entire world for a year. The CO2 cycle is critical to solving the world’s GHG emissions deficit.


Biomass energy has the potential to reduce humanity’s carbon impact , but in order for this potential to be realized, it must be harvested responsibly. Our company is committed to the responsible use of biomass and sustainable forestry.

About Us

ZBFI was purchased from the previous owners in December 2016. We continue the legacy set out by the Zilkha family, a standard based on providing sustainable solutions for energy and carbon-neutral products that reduce GHG emissions.


USDA: European biomass demand beneficial for US
The increasing wood pellet demand accelerates forest growth, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and increases forest investment according to USDA Acting Chief Economist Robert Johansson.


U.S.: Executive order to reduce GHG emissions
Thanks to a recently signed executive order, U.S. federal agencies have a new goal to cut their emissions over the next decade by an average of 40 percent compared with their 2008 levels.  Agencies must also increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent.


Electricity from biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-negative
A new UC Berkeley study shows that if biomass electricity production is combined with carbon capture and sequestration in the western United States, power generators could actually store more carbon than they emit.


Land of Opportunity? (Editorial)
The editors of Arkansas Business wrote an editorial highlighting the job creating potential of ZBE and other clean energy companies.


Zilkha announces new pellet plant project in Monticello
Zilkha Biomass Energy announced a new pellet plant project located in Monticello, Arkansas. Once constructed, this plant will become one of Zilkha’s largest facilities.


Shipping US wood pellets across Atlantic cuts emissions
comprehensive analysis of greenhouse gas emissions reveals that despite the long transportation distance, burning imported wood is still better than using fossil fuels.


U.S. Forest Service Helps Fund Harvard Forest Green Energy Project
“These projects remove and use excess wood – the same trees and brush that fuel the catastrophic wildfires we’ve seen in the last several years – from our nation’s forests.”


Valmet & Zilkha Announce Collaborative Agreement
Zilkha Biomass Energy and Valmet have signed a five-year collaboration agreement to bring steam exploded black pellets to the market.


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