Biomass pellets are a suitable fuel type for a wide range of applications, from stoves and central heating systems up to large-scale plants, and with practically complete automation in all these capacities. This handbook, written and edited by experienced professionals from IEA Bioenergy Task 32 in cooperation with Bios Bioenergiesysteme GmbH, Graz, Austria, other IEA Tasks and external experts, is the first comprehensive guide in English language covering all pellet related issues, as illustrated by the following list of topics covered by the book: 

  • international overview of standards for pellets
  • evaluation of raw materials and raw material potentials
  • quality and properties of pellets
  • technical evaluation of the pellet production process and logistic aspects of pellet supply
  • safety and health aspects for pellets during storage, handling and transportation
  • technological evaluation of pellet furnace technologies and future developments
  • economic and ecological evaluation of the pellet production process
  • economic and ecological evaluation of pellet use in small-scale furnaces in the residential sector
  • overview of international pellet markets and market developments
  • international case studies for the use of pellets for energy generation
  • latest trends concerning research and development in the pellet sector.

Extensively illustrated and packed with practical knowledge, this is the ultimate reference for anyone involved in or affected by this burgeoning industry. It addresses all the players of the pellet market, ranging from raw material producers or suppliers, pellet producers and traders, manufacturers of pellet furnaces and pelletization systems, installers, engineering companies, energy consultants and end users.

chapter |4 pages


chapter |42 pages

Definitions and standards

chapter |20 pages

Research and development