An irish wood pellet experience

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Courtesy of BioEnergy Conference & Exhibition

Richard Smith said he would share his experiences over the last two-and-a-half years. “What we’ve done isn’t necessarily right for here,” he said, “but it worked for us.”

Balcas has a number of facilities all over Europe, including a sawmill in Estonia that also produces wood for construction. A pellet plant is currently under construction in Scotland. Balcas has branded its wood pellets brites.

For sawmills in Ireland, “electricity is a huge cost”—up to eight times the 6 cents per kilowatt hour paid in B.C. This sparked the development of brites. Balcas’s first residential sales were in 2006, and in 2008 “we had to import to meet the markets we’d developed,” Smith said.

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