Wood pellets in Finland - technology, economy and market

Eija Alakangas, Paavo Paju

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Wood pellet is a fuel product compressed from milled wood. Raw materials are cutter shavings and sawdust, which are by-products of mechanical wood-processing industry.The pellets are cylindrical in shape, diameter 6–10 mm and length 10–30 mm.
This report reviews the pellet chain from production to end use in Finland. The report includes technical and economical considerations of production, transports and use. A number of successful cases of pellet chain in Finland are also presented.
The development of wood pellet market in Finland was initiated in 1998, when a pellet plant was commissioned in Vöyri municipality. Since then, the production and consumption of pellets have grown sharply, and presently, in end of year 2001, the production capacity of pellets is almost 200 000 t/a. The rapid development of pellet market in Finland is based on the high price of oil, and on the convenience in use and the environmental friendliness of pellets. The utilisation equipment becoming more common and distribution networks being under development, the pellet business will consolidate its market share in Finland.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherOPET Finland
Number of pages85
Publication statusPublished - 2002
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesOPET Report

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    Alakangas, E., & Paju, P. (2002). Wood pellets in Finland - technology, economy and market. (2 ed.) OPET Finland. OPET Report, No. 5 http://www.ateap.cz/new/Pelety_Finsko.pdf