Here we have information about the various developments which are going on around Europe linked to the FOREST scheme.
The current uptake of biomass heating in the Burgos region is very low, with only 36 installations (excluding traditional log fires) amounting to a capacity of 458KW. However, the potential resource is large with an estimated 80,000 toe of forestry resource per year.
The current market for solid biofuels use is mainly focused on domestic appliances and on district heating plants, predominantly located in areas where natural gas is not available or where there is a good availability of raw materials from forests or sawmills. By contrast, the mid-sized plant sector, within the range from 100 kW to 1 MW, is not well established.
Poland is a developing bio-heat market with a significant biomass resource. The potential for development in the Pomeranian region is high. There are district heating systems supplied by different types of biomass fuel, with the main growth in demand coming from agriculture-origin biomass for large-scale co-firing in CHP.
South East Sweden (English )
The use of biomass in South East Sweden is very high. On average, in the three target counties of Kalmar, Kronoberg and Blekinge, around 40% of all energy is from biomass. There is a need for development and strengthening of the supply chains to meet this demand reliably.
South West England (English )
Compared to continental Europe, the use of wood fuel is limited. As such, the production of bio-heat is poor, which is linked to low level of demand for boilers and the supply of wood that is mostly imported from continental Europe. However, the potential timber resource in South West England is large and if developed could lead to a more vibrant bio-heat industry.
Tipperary, Ireland (English )
Ireland has a developing biomass market and like most of the other regions, a good biomass resource. At present, most biomass use is from burning industrial wood wastes to produce heat. Approximately 2% of Ireland’s energy supply comes from renewable sources and 1.3% of this is from biomass.
Upper Austria (English )
Upper Austria has a highly developed market for biomass heating, Pellet heating is the most frequent choice of heating systems in all new homes built in the region. For all public buildings when a new construction or a renovation takes place, there is an obligation to use renewable heating, which in most cases is based on biomass. In addition, there are more than 280 biomass district heating schemes in place.