Renewable Energy Statistics Austria 2012 released
Official statistics show strong growth of Austria´s biomass market in 2012
Solid biomass – fuels
The energetic utilisation of solid biomass has a long tradition in Austria and is still a very important factor within the renewable energy sector. The consumption of final energy from sold biofuels increased from 142 PJ for 2007 to 174 PJ for 2012. The pellet production in Austria was around 13.6 PJ (800,000 t) in 2012.
Fuels from solid biomass contribute to a CO2 reduction of almost 9.8 million tons for 2012. The whole sector of solid biofuels accounted a total turnover of 1.3 billion Euros and 12,748 jobs.
Figure 1: Market development of different biomass fuel types from 2007 to 2012 in Austria; Source: BIOENERGY 2020+
Solid biomass – boilers and stoves
In 2012 the market for pellet boilers was growing again with 15% increase of sales and thus reached a historic high of sales in Austria.
In 2012, on the Austrian market 12,076 pellet boilers, 6,887 wood log boilers and 4,264 wood chip boilers were sold, concerning the whole range of power. Furthermore 2,857 pellet stoves, 9,155 cooking stoves and 20,244 wood log stoves were sold. Austrian biomass boiler manufactures typically export approximately 70% of their production.
Figure 2: Market development of biomass boilers from 1994 to 2012 in Austria; Source: Agricultural Chamber Lower Austria 2013 (LK NÖ 2013)
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