Zilkha Biomass and Valmet collaborate

Zilkha Biomass Energy, a provider of biomass solutions, and pulp and paper technology supplier Valmet have signed a five-year collaboration agreement in the field of steam exploded black pellets.

The purpose of the agreement is to bring steam exploded black pellets to the market for the production of renewable heat and power. The parties will work together to develop a joint global offering.

According to Valmet's Rickard Andersson, VP of biotechnology and environmental systems for the company's pulp and paper business line: 'The market for steam exploded black pellets is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years as the pressure to replace fossil fuels with sustainable environmentally friendly alternatives is getting stronger. Combining Zilkha's deep know-how in pellet production and distribution with Valmet's project capabilities brings great opportunities to develop and exploit a new emerging technology.'

Compared to traditional wood pellets, steam exploded black pellets are more durable and water resistant, and contain a higher energy content. The cost of shipping is less, and issues related to dust are minimised; black pellets can be handled in similar manner to fossil coal. This reduces the need for expensive investments in logistics and plant rebuilds.

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