E2Tech Connects: Industrial Wood Pellet Markets

  • Tuesday, November 09, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting

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Global trade in wood pellets used as a replacement for coal in electric power generation (so-called “industrial” pellets) will be about 23 million metric tonnes in 2021. England, Western Europe, Japan, and South Korea are the major importers. The largest export player is the United States, including several producers here in New England. In fact, the US exported about 7.3 million tonnes in 2020. Yet the US uses very few wood pellets in our domestic power generation.

E2Tech has a number of members involved in the wood pellet and forestry industry, and will be exploring the topic in an upcoming “E2Tech Connects” online event, on Tuesday November 9 from noon-1. Our speakers will be Bill Strauss and Laurenz Schmidt of FutureMetrics, a company based in Bethel that is a leader in wood pellet consulting.

We’ll start with an overview of the global wood pellet fuel markets, including discussion of the policies that support the use of pellet fuel in EU and Pacific Rim markets. Then we’ll look into the possible carbon benefits of displacing coal with sustainably produced pellet fuel, even including the potential for carbon negative power generation in some scenarios. We’ll also look at thermal treatment technologies (including torrefaction and steam explosion) that produce a solid fuel that has handling and storage characteristics similar to coal. Then we’ll wrap up with a discussion and Q&A on how Maine, in some scenarios, could become a major producer of pellet fuel for use in US-based electric generation.


This is a FREE E2Tech Member event ($10 for future members), hosted on Zoom Meetings. We look forward to seeing you there!

This event is free for members but registration is required.

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