Unique in the Netherlands
Plospan is the only one to have 4 certificates in the Netherlands. ENPlusA1/DINplusA1, PEFC and, as sustainability certificate, NTA8080 (Better Biomass). In other words, as a consumer, you are guaranteed a high-quality wood pellet that is also sustainable for the environment. With these certifications, we prove that our entire process chain, from the raw materials and production up to and including the delivery of the product, has been tested for guaranteed quality and sustainability. Moreover, the entire factory is solar powered now since our solar panels have gone online. Therefore, the sun causes the trees to grow and provides us with the energy to come with a very environmentally friendly product. We only sell what we produce. The production of wood pellets is uniquely produced as 100% CO2 neutral. During the day, the solar panels generate more power in a period of 10 hours than we use in 24 hours producing wood pellets.
Where others often speak about recycling, we would rather talk about upcycling. What is often a residual product for others, is the basis for a ‘new’ top product for Plospan. We therefore use the term ‘upcycling’. With respect to our Plospan wood pellets, this is certainly the case.
An optimum mix
- The wood pellets are produced from an optimum mix of sawdust and residual wood that comes from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The advantage of the mixed pellets with respect to the softwood pellets: Mixed pellets have a longer release time with respect to heat as opposed to the softwood pellets. Mixed pellets yield a cleaner ash and less particulate matter. Softwood contains more resin (which gives more soot particles in the ash) and therefore also has ostensibly less ash (leaves via the chimney as particulate matter). Softwood pellets also have a very strong odour, especially when the pellet bunker of the stove gets hot. This is not the case with mixed pellets.
- Certification/standardisation of the pellets and what this means: ENplus and DINplus are almost the same; only the hardness of ENplus is > 98 and of DINplus is > 97.5. NTA8080 is confirmation that a specific type of raw material is used. NTA8080 in itself does not indicate anything but, in combination with the raw material categories, it does. For A1 pellets, this must be 115 and 160. NTA8080 pellets may therefore also contain scrap wood (industry pellets), which will be shown on the certificate from the relevant manufacturer.
Plospan wood pellets are particularly suitable for burning in small but also medium-sized pellet stoves/systems. The wood pellets are very solid and therefore burn in a very controllable and especially clean way. To give you an idea of what the heating values of the different fuels are, we have compiled a small overview:
- 1 m3 of natural gas: 31.65 MJ
- 1 kg of fuel oil: 41.9 MJ
- 1 kg of Plospan Bio-wood pellets: 18.5 MJ
Plospan also wants to contribute to a cleaner environment and has the aim to continuously innovate more within this context. The European Plastics Pact consists of agreements between plastic producers, large companies, authorities and recyclers. The Pact contains goals regarding content to which the signatories have committed themselves for achievement by 2025. Plospan Bio-Energy B.V. is trying to comply with this earlier: the plastic bags of Plospan’s wood pellet packaging is, for example, made of at least 30% recycled plastic in the new packaging.