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Slovenia Wood Pellet Market

Slovenia Wood Pellet Market
The top three global energy sources are oil, coal and natural gas; and these three sources supply about 86% of the world's energy requirements. There are many types of renewable energy including hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, solar, tidal and wave, and biomass energy. Although oil, coal and natural gas are expected to remain the world's primary sources of energy, renewable energy, including hydroelectric power, is projected to increase to 100 quadrillion British Thermal Units. Global wood pellet production was approximately 12 million metric tons in 2009 and is predicted to increase to 100 million metric tons by 2020.
Wood pellets are one type of biomass energy. They are primarily manufactured by wood pellet machine with wood waste, including sawdust, shavings and wood chips, which are byproducts of the manufacture of lumber, furniture and other forest products. The whole wood pellet plant consists of the following steps: receipt of raw materials, grinding, drying, pelletizing, cooling, screening and packaging.
The primary drivers for increasing global demand for wood pellets are government policies and global agreement in support of renewable sources of energy. In 2004, Slovenia registered its first big producer of wood pellets according to the report of the Slovenian Forestry Service.
Slovenia is one of the most densely forested countries in Europe with 57.7% of its territory covered by forests. Dominant forest types are beech, fir-beech and beech-oak, which have a relatively high production capacity. And they supply consistent raw materials for wood pellet production.
In Slovenia forestry products have a long tradition in trading. A well-organized online trading platform has been working for years already. This biomass-trading portal is powered by the Agency of Efficiency Energy Use and is available in English and in Slovenian. The portal was initiated by a governmental project on" Removing barriers to the increased use of biomass in Slovenia" which was supported by the Global Environment Facility. The government also plans to increase the country's biomass share in primary energy up to 6.5%.
Slovenia has a great potential regarding woody biomass resulting from the abundance of forestland. The Slovenian pellet market is characterized by a significant competition with other forms of firewood, but in general the market is growing. Slovenia is well located to take advantage of the export opportunities to Western European markets. The domestic wood pellets consumption is also rising.
Due to the abundant forest resources, wood is available in large amounts. It seems like wood pellets will become competitive in Slovenia in the near future and wood pellet machine will be largely applied to produce wood pellets.