Sustainable Renewable Energy Supply …

EC Biomass (Pty) situated in the Coega Industrial development zone, outside Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa manufactures primarily wooden biomass pellets used in the production of energy.

Biomass is derived from different types of organic matter: energy plants (oilseeds, plants containing sugar) and forestry, agricultural or urban waste including wood and household waste. Biomass can be used for heating, for producing electricity and for transport biofuels. Biomass can be solid (plants, wood, straw and other plants), gaseous or liquid.

The use of biomass can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The carbon dioxide it gives off when it is burned is counterbalanced by the amount absorbed when the plant in question was grown. However, generating net greenhouse gas savings also depends on the cultivation and fuel production processes used.

Why Biomass Wood Pellets?

Wood pellets are increasingly being used as a renewable energy alternative to gas, oil and electricity. There are three main reasons for this:

  • Rising Fuel prices
  • Security of energy supply
  • Climate change

Wood pellets are one of the most cost effective Biomass and practical as a heating fuel. The sustainability of wood pellets is arguably the underlying reason for installing wood pellet boilers.