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About the Project

According to the worldwide rising energy demand and the increased ambitious climate protection targets, the use of biomass for combustion will gain even more importance than it already has. At the time especially in Europe small-scale combustion units (20 to 200 kW) are used almost only with high quality wood fuels. Since nowadays wood is getting more scarce caused by the growing demand in material and the energetic use, alternative solid biofuels, like low quality wood, straw or olive press cake, are experiencing growing interest for energetic use.

In most of the European countries first activities in industrial as well as in public sectors have been started to integrate these alternative biofuels. Furthermore for the mentioned range of performance, pelletized fuels seem to have the best chances due to their vantages like high energy density, similar physical characteristics, easy handling and efficient transportation. However, the market integration of alternative biomass pellets is still blocked by various constraints. Therefore the target of this project is to identify the constraints and drivers in detail and to find promising market introduction concepts for enhancing the market relevance of alternative pellets in Europe.