New Zealand's Nature's Flame fuel has been endorsed by DIN CERTCO, Europe's leading product quality standards body for residential wood pellet fuel. DIN CERTCO is an arm of Germany's Institute for Standardisation and its wood pellet certification criteria is being used as the basis of a proposed European Standard.
Achieving certification required Nature's Flame to demonstrate quality assurance through its entire production chain, says Nature's Flame General Manager Kerry Ellem. 'It's a difficult and reasonably expensive certification to get and to maintain because it certifies our processes as well as the quality of the final product,' says Ellem. 'It is the proxy European quality standard and having the DINplus certification mark on our packaging is an important part of what customers look for in selecting wood pellet fuel.'
Nature's Flame was established in 2003 as part of Solid Energy's commitment to help New Zealand in its transition to clean, affordable, and renewable energy forms. Nature's Flame wood pellets are made at plants in Taupo, Rotorua, and Rolleston, near Christchurch, from untreated pine wood residues.
Nature's Flame fuel also carries BioGro international certification of its ash, meaning it can be confidently applied in organic gardening and does not need to be sent to landfill.Nature's Flame took part in the work that resulted in Australian-New Zealand Standards determining the power output, efficiency, and emissions of wood pellet fires (AS/NZS 5078:2007 and AS/NZS 4886:2007).
Summarised from a media release on Scoop 17 June 2010.
- AS/NZS 4014.1:1999 Domestic solid fuel burning appliances – Test fuels – Hardwood
- AS/NZS 4014.2:1999 Domestic solid fuel burning appliances – Test fuels – Softwood
- AS/NZS 4014.6:2007 Domestic solid fuel burning appliances – Test fuels – Wood pellets
- AS/NZS 4886:2007 Domestic solid fuel burning appliance – Pellet heaters – Determination of flue gas emission
- AS/NZS 5078:2007 Domestic solid fuel burning appliances – Pellet heaters – Method for determination of power output and efficiency