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What is the difference between pellets and biomass, and what is their role in the energy transition?

The consequences of global warming are being felt throughout the world. Melting ice, violent storms, floods and even drought. Nature seems to be unleashed... This phenomenon is mainly due to the accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. This is why the global challenge of our time is to reduce emissions. While we are in the midst of an energy transition, households are looking for the best sources of energy. What about pellets and biomass?

What is the energy transition?

The use of fossil fuels is one of the main causes of excessive GHG emissions. Furthermore, mining and oil operations have a direct impact on biodiversity. On the one hand, they are the cause of the destruction of natural wildlife habitats. This leads to significant animal migration. Or even the extinction of certain species.

On the other hand, these activities pollute the air and water. Faced with this, many countries, businesses and individuals are turning to eco-responsible energy sources. They are gradually abandoning the use of fossil fuels such as oil or coal. This is the energy transition.

Pellets and biomass: eco-responsible solutions

Pellets and biomass are eco-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels for heating. First, they are much less polluting. No invasive and energy-intensive exploitation is necessary to obtain them. In addition, they are renewable energy sources. This is why we favor them as part of an energy transition. But what is the difference between these elements?

The biomass

Biomass defines any organic matter used as a source of energy. It can be of plant or animal origin. Its use is currently beginning to become widespread. Particularly since the emergence of rapid renewal crops like miscanthus. You will find biomass stoves and boilers on the market. You will choose the device based on the following elements:

  • Your needs: the stove is a supplementary heating device. The boiler, for its part, can provide heating for the entire house. It is therefore more powerful. Moreover, it is often used in large-scale installations.
  • Your budget: the boiler is much more expensive than the stove.
  • The space you have: the boiler requires a large space.


Pellets are generally obtained from wood chips or sawmill residue. They have a high calorific value, around 4,9 kWh/kg. This is mainly due to their low humidity and high density. Furthermore, pellets are part of biomass. This is why you will also find pellet stoves and boilers on the market. You will then make your choice according to your needs.


Biomass is all animal or plant organic matter used as a source of energy. And pellets are among the elements of biomass. Both are therefore renewable and eco-responsible energies. To promote your energy transition. At DLM Industry Solutions, we offer pellet blowing systems. Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.