Northern Periphery Programme

Vastuullinen yksikkö

Luonnonvara-alan yksikkö


Ulkopuolinen taho

Hankkeen kesto

01.01.2008 - 31.12.2010

PELLETime will develop an accessible package of tools to design sustainable pellet supply chains, thereby promoting the role of local entrepreneurs in utilising local renewable energy resources and supporting the energy self-sufficiency of northern peripheral regions.

The small scale production of pellets currently faces both technological limitations, as well as lack of knowledge. The project addresses those challenges by offering a holistic approach for SMEs reaching from identification and estimation of available resources, raw material procurement, the design of the entire pellet production process to the final product. PELLETime will encourage sustainable expansion of the raw material resource, and carry out widespread awareness raising and information dissemination to facilitate market development.

Hankkeen toteutus

The European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) stresses the need for economic diversification in rural areas through strategies based on local resources and needs. Utilising local agricultural and forest resources in pellet production, will improve economic competitiveness and sustainability in peripheral areas.
Pellets are currently imported from outside the NPP region because of the limited raw materials base which needs to be broadened to balance the regional fluctuations in current raw material supply. Establishment of pelletizing requires technical information and expertise. The PELLETime project will develop a package of tools to support development of small-scale pelletizing supply chains.


In WP 2 growing areas for short-rotation forestry and alternative agricultural energy crops are assessed and guidance developed on their sustainable management. WP 3 will then investigate handling and logistics of diverse raw materials both singly and in mixtures, and develop a cost calculator for use by SMEs. WP4 will carry out pelletising trials and combustion and emission testing for a range of raw materials and develop best practice guidance on fuel quality issues.
A wide range of short rotational forestry and agricultural energy crops can be used as alternative raw material for pellets. WP2 will investigate biodiversity, landscape and hydrological aspects of these and provide best practice guidance on their sustainable establishment and management.
Fuel quality is a key issue in small scale pelletizing, especially when alternative raw materials or mixtures of different materials are used. WP3 will develop innovative handling and logistics techniques for both raw materials and pellets, looking particula


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