Despite the ongoing pandemic, Germany produced more than 1,5 million tons of wood pellets in the first half of 2020, representing an increase of 13%, 173.000 tons than the first half of 2019. With in order to meet the increase in domestic demand driven by new pellet boiler installations.
There are 163 wood pellet factories in Germany that do not stop increasing their production due to the growing demand for pellets in the country. 96,6% of the production is under European quality standards ENplusA1 and they mainly use sawdust and sawmill residues (85,8%) as starting material, although the use of wood damaged by fire or insects is increasing, which is particularly interesting for the sustainable forest managementIt is a wood that had no other commercial use.
In Germany, sales of pellet boilers have increased by 150% in the first half of 2020.
The government's environmental policies support with aid of up to 45% the investment of biomass boilers in homes and companies from this year. These aids implemented for the fight against Climate Change together with the prohibition of using fossil fuels (natural gas and diesel) from 2026 on heating systems in Germany are two of the reasons that are encouraging the installation of biomass in addition to offering to the consumers a heating system with lower and stable prices: in the first half of this year, the average was 247,41 euros per ton of pellets, which is equal to 0,0495 euros / kWh.