Zilkha Biomass Opens Alabama Wood Pellet Plant

After a few years of planning, developing and building, Zilkha Biomass Energy’s Selma plant is ready for business. The Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority hosted a ribbon cutting at the plant Thursday morning to celebrate its grand opening. “This is really exciting because this is a 10-year dream that has become a reality,” […]

After a few years of planning, developing and building, Zilkha Biomass Energy’s Selma plant is ready for business. The Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority hosted a ribbon cutting at the plant Thursday morning to celebrate its grand opening.

“This is really exciting because this is a 10-year dream that has become a reality,” said Michael Zilkha, co-founder and owner of Zilkha Biomass Energy. “It is very, very exciting because my father and I have been at this for 10 years. It has been a tough 10 years. It has been very, very hard.”

The plant produces Zilkha’s black pellet, which is a renewable fuel similar to coal. While other companies produce similar pellets, Zilkha’s are different.

“It is the fact that [the pellets] are waterproof and that they are denser, so it costs 30 percent less to transport them,” Zilkha said. “They have more energy in them than conventional pellets, and they’re denser. They can [also] be left outside.”

The plant will employ more than 50 people directly and even more indirectly for the harvest of the wood used to produce the pellets and transportation of them once they are produced. Selma was the perfect place for Zilkha to build a plant because of its access to trees, which are used to produce the waterproof pellets.

From The Selma Times-Journal: http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/2015/05/14/zilkha-biomass-held-grand-opening-thursday/

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