Wood Pellets Catch Fire as Renewable Energy Source

Posted on July 12, 2009 

Wood Pellets Catch Fire as Renewable Energy Source

Some of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy in the world are the wind, the sun — and the lowly wood pellet.

European utilities are snapping up the small combustible pellets to burn alongside coal in existing power plants. As a global marketplace emerges to feed their growing appetite for pellets, the Southeastern U.S. is becoming a major exporter, with pellet factories sprouting in Florida, Alabama and Arkansas.

Wood pellets — cylinders of dried shredded wood that resemble large vitamins — are the least expensive way to meet European renewable-energy mandates, utility executives and industry consultants say.

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