WHAT ARE PELLETS?
An overview of wood pellets
Wood pellets, already a staple in Europe’s energy sector, are gaining popularity in the United States—especially where significant energy is used for heat—as people realize both the ecological and economical importance of sustainability. Wood pellets offer a completely sustainable alternative to other fuel sources. They burn clean, and, because of health and air quality control considerations, wood pellets are preferable to coal for electricity generation. Zilkha Black™ Pellets are produced without additives and part of the natural carbon cycle, wood pellets are net neutral—generating no increased greenhouse gas emissions—if the pellet source material comes from sustainably managed forests or forestry residuals.
1,000,000 homes in the US currently use wood pellet stoves for heating. Convenient and widely available, residential wood pellets are supplied on a small scale and commonly in bagged form. Increasingly, factories, housing complexes, and office buildings, especially in Europe, are using wood pellets to provide heat on a larger scale. Electric utility coal plants in Europe have begun incorporating wood pellets in their production process because of government mandates for pollution and greenhouse gas emissions regulation. This forward-looking use of combined fuel sources for electricity generation is the future of clean, ecologically sound energy creation in the United States.