Black pellet market report 

A multi-client report on developments in global markets for black pellets, both torrefied and steam exploded

What's included in this report?

  • Technology review - A description and comparison of different torrefaction and steam explosion technologies, including process flow diagrams.
  • Black pellet supply -  Details of known projects, with status updates and company profiles.
  • Black pellet demand - The status of end-uses for power, heat and for industrial processes globally. Lists of known projects and company profiles.
  • Economics - The supply chain costs of black pellet v white pellets. The economic and practical considerations for end-users.
  • Sustainability - Supply chain greenhouse gas emissions of torrefied v steam exploded v white pellet supply chains.
  • Challenges and opportunities - Issues facing black pellet project developers and their prospective customers 
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Additional report details


Fresh interest is being shown in the market for black pellets, both torrefied and steam exploded. This development has been supported by the emergence of new biomass markets in Asia and by a maturing of the market in Europe.

In the past, black pellet technologies have struggled to gain a foothold in the market. However, there are now at least seven commercial-scale plants under construction and due to start-up in 2020-2021. A further eight projects are planned or seeking permits. This pipeline of projects amounts to ~2Mt of annual capacity.

This report investigates these challenges and opportunities for biomass fuel suppliers and utilities, as well as for many the ancillary businesses with exposure to the biomass markets, including feedstock owners, equipment suppliers, shipping companies and port operators, financial institutions and other investors.

In summary, the report comprises:

  • Executive summary
  • A description and comparison of different torrefaction and steam explosion technologies, including process flow diagrams
  • The status of black pellet supply, including lists of known projects and company profiles
  • The status of black pellet demand for power and heat and for industrial processes in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world including lists of known projects and company profiles
  • The supply chain economics of black pellet v white pellet supply chains and a discussion of the economic and practical considerations for end-users
  • Sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions of torrefied v steam exploded v white pellet supply chains
  • An assessment of the challenges and opportunities of facing black pellet project developers and their prospective customers

Why choose Hawkins Wright?

We provide strategic, forecasting, marketing intelligence and business information services to the international forest products and bioenergy industries 

  • Independent and unbiased - we do not manufacture, trade or broker and forest products so are able to offer wholly-unbiased opinion
  • Decades of experience - With a sector knowledge base since 1982
  • Industry dialogue - we regularly talk to a global network of industry figures
  • Personal approach - Much more than providing market data, we can adapt to your changing needs, offering calls and face-to-face meetings
Through rigorous research and employing our network of contacts worldwide, we provide unique analysis of this emerging and intriguing sector
Rachael Levinson, Report Lead Author
Hawkins Wright

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