In Montpeyroux, four entrepreneurs had the idea of creating a wood pellet production unit to supply boilers and stoves.
These pellets will be made from eco-waste from local businesses.
They will then be sold to individuals within a radius of 30 km.
In Montpeyroux (Hérault), we will soon be producing homemade pellets.
In this rural town of 1,300 inhabitants, Julie and Julien Lognon, managers of the pruning and landscaping company Arbor & Sens, and Laure and Didier Desvard, energy efficiency consultants within the DES Conseil office, had the idea to create a small factory, to produce these wood pellets, used to fuel boilers and stoves.
The pellets produced at the Granuléro plant will only come from eco-waste.
“With Julie and Julien [Lognon], we became friends, and during our discussions, it quickly became obvious to us that something had to be done with the wood waste produced by their activity, which is not valued much, explains Laure Desvard.
A part goes, in fact, to the recycling center, another is used to feed their soil, on their land, and another is transformed into chips, and transported far away.
“The pellets produced in Montpeyroux will also be made from waste from surrounding carpentry, because “we also realized that they were having major problems storing it and evacuating the sawdust, continues this energy consultant.
They found themselves, in particular, having to transform it into briquettes, in order to be able to throw it more easily in the recycling center.
It's a real thorn in the side for them.
A boom in boilers and pellet stoves
The factory, which will transform all this waste into wood pellets, will come out of the ground at the end of June.
The pellets will be sold to those who wish, mainly to individuals who live within 30 kilometers around.
The quartet at the origin of the project is considering setting up distributors, where consumers would come and collect the pellets with their own containers, to be green to the end.
The factory should make it possible to manufacture 600 tonnes of pellets per year, and thus meet the needs of 600 families in the area.
A second production line is already in the pipeline.
This pellet plant is a godsend for the market.
Because, in recent years, in rural areas, we are increasingly equipped with boilers and stoves.
“On our territory, there is no natural gas network, continues Laure Desvard.
Until then, houses were equipped with oil or propane boilers.
The cost of these fuels skyrocketed, so residents looked for other systems to replace them.
Today, it is (in theory) forbidden to have a new oil-fired boiler installed.
It is therefore on pellet appliances that the hearths have turned, upsetting the market.
Opening this factory requires an investment of around 300,000 euros.
But the Lognons and the Desvards were helped by European funds and by the Occitanie region.
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