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Currently, global annual wood pellet consumption is around 30 million tons, with the growth rate of 15%. About half of them are for industrial power generation, the other half for heating supply in residence and commercial institutes.

Quality certification is important to wood pellet manufacturers. They can prove their wood pellets can meet the requirement of power generation, and perform well in stoves and boilers.

What is wood pellet quality certification?

Wood pellet quality certification is carried out by an independent third-party certification body. They set standard for the quality of wood pellets. Wood pellet quality certification only applies to heating supply area. Industrial wood pellets don’t need quality certification, because the seller and buyers will test samples in their own laboratory.

ENplus and CANplus are the most famous wood pellet quality certification programs. ENplus certification began in 2010 and now account for 80% of pellets sold in the European heating sector. The European Pellet Council (EPC) governs the ENplus program and issues licenses to national pellet associations. CANplus is similar with ENplus. It is Canada’s national pellet quality certification program, governed in Canada and not in Europe.

ENplus/CANplus has listed the certification rules and process in the manual. This manual classified the wood pellets into A1, A2, and B 3 degrees based on their ash content, bulk density, moisture content, mechanical durability, pellet length, and fines content.

ENplus wood pellet certification

What are the benefits of wood pellet quality certification?

Quality certification can assure customers of your wood pellet quality. Many customers only consider certified wood pellets for their stoves. Quality certification can build your edge over your competitors.

Certification provides market access. ENplus certified pellets take up 80% of The European heat sector. Buyers won’t consider those without certifications. In America, the Environmental Protection Agency require all pellet stove users to use certified pellets. In Canada, the new wood heating rules requires only certified wood pellets can be used in stoves.

Institutes involved in wood pellet quality certification

This process involves 3 institutes respectively for inspection, testing and certification.

All these 3 institutes must hold ISO certifications required by ENplus/CANplus, and must submit an application for joint approval by the European Pellet Council and Wood Pellet Association Canada.

wood pellet certification institute

How to obtains a wood pellet quality certification?

To get ENplus or CANplus certification, you should first download an application form from their official website. Next, choose a listed inspection institute for site inspection, and a listed testing institutes for pellet analysis, then send the report to a certification institute.

Inspections must include:

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