Maine Energy Systems has worked with Trans Tech body manufacturers of Brewer, Maine, and Tropper Maschinen Und Anlagen of Upper Austria to manufacture the first fully pnuematic bulk pellet delivery truck in the U.S. This truck will efficiently deliver densified wood pellets in bulk to homes, business, and institutions.
Based on the successful Tropper aeration beds, this pressurized body delivers pellets into pellet storage bins, storage rooms and silos at high rates of speed with minimal damage to the fuel. This truck in its initial delivery tests is moving a ton of pellets in under 4 minutes, a marked improvement on earlier mechanical/airlock designs.
This is an important milestone along the way to a robust renewable biomass distribution infrastructure in the northeastern U.S. The Northeast has good access to fully automatic, highly reliable pellet boiler systems, which can be efficiently served by this developing infrastructure. The U.S. Northeast burns more than 80% of the #2 heating oil consumed in the country each year. With sustainably harvested biomass as a renewable replacement for some of that consumption, we can reduce our dependency on foreign oil, bolster the regional economy, and greater reduce our carbon footprint.