International Training Seminar Biomass Heating - Market development and technologies

17 - 19 May 2011, Linz/Austria

The market transformation towards modern, high-efficiency biomass heating presents enormous opportunities for local economic development, for decreasing energy costs and for climate and environment protection.
The 3-day international training seminar provided information and know-how on local market development and technologies for automatic biomass heating, based on the experience in Austria. It focused on small- and mid-scale projects, fuelled by wood pellets and wood chips, covering solutions for homes, smaller commercial/public buildings and district heating grids (up to a few hundred kW).

The seminar offered interactive learning in an international group, educational site-visits and presentations by experts in biomass technologies, market development and environment.

The international training seminar was organised for the second time by the Energy Academy of the O.Ö. Energiesparverband, the energy agency of the state of Upper Austria. The Upper Austria region is a success story in high-efficiency biomass heating: more than 33 % of the heat demand are covered by clean, automatic biomass heating. Green heating has created more than 500 new jobs in Upper Austria in recent years. The O.Ö. Energiesparverband is the organiser of the European Pellet Conference, the largest annual event on wood pellets in the world. 

Seminar Topics

  • Success factors for developing a regional/local biomass heating market
  • Technology overview (combustion, emissions), system designs
  • Fuel standards and logistics (wood pellets, wood chips, log/cord wood)
  • Business and financing models, marketing

As an international training seminar, the seminar did not cover country specific information, such as specific legal aspects or funding programmes.

Target Groups

The seminar targeted at representatives of businesses, public bodies, institutions, NGOs etc. interested in developing a local/regional biomass heating market. The seminar was especially meant for people from countries where the market for automatic biomass heating is in a starting phase.

What did the international seminar offer?

  • Practical hands-on information from people who have done it - learn from the best in biomass heating!
  • A lively mix of presentations, technical site-visits and interactive learning in an international group
  • 3 intensive days packed with information and know-how on the technologies, the economics and the marketing of biomass heating!

  • Topics:
    • Elements of a successful local biomass market development (demand and supply)
    • Technical functioning of biomass boilers, combustion technologies & emission standards (including visit to test laboratory)
    • Fuels standards and logistics, quality issues, storage
    • Home heating with pellets, wood chips and logwood, heating systems for smaller commercial and public building, biomass district heating
    • Sustainable forestry issues
    • Business & financing models

The training team

  • Experts of the O.Ö. Energiesparverband: The O.Ö. Energiesparverband as the state agency for renewable energy plays a crucial role in the biomass heating market development, for example by managing funding programmes and by carrying out promotional campaigns and training programmes.
  • Experts of Bioenergy 2020+: Bioenergy 2020+ is a world-wide leading research body in the field of energetic use of solid biomass and is specialised in small scale combustion appliances. A main activity is the development of innovative solutions for biomass heating appliances in cooperation with European equipment manufacturers.

  • Experts from companies offering biomass heating products and services


Date 17 – 19 May 2011 (Start: 16 May, 18.00; end: 19 May, 18.00)

Language The training seminar was held in English.
(Please note that a good command of English is required.)

750 Euro (plus 10 % VAT)
500 Euro (plus 10 % VAT) for public administrations & energy agencies

This fee included the training sessions, the seminar documentation, the site-visits, coffee breaks/meals.
Accommodation in nearby hotels in Linz is about 80-100 Euro/night (including
breakfast and taxes) and was not included in the seminar fee.

Organiser & location
O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Energy Academy, Landstrasse 45, 4020 Linz/Austria,
officeesv.orat,, T. +43-732-7720-14381


Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the region of Upper Austria (Oberösterreich). It is located in the north of Austria, approximately
30 km south of the Czech border, on both sides of the river Danube.
The city’s population is around 200,000. As the “Cultural Capital of Europe“
in 2009, Linz is a city which combines an industrial heritage with modern
cultural highlights (e.g. Ars Electronica Center, Lentos museum, etc.).

Travel information

by railway: direct connections from Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Paris, Brussels, etc.
by road: A1 and A7 motorways
by air: airports Linz (14 km from Linz city centre), Vienna (185 km),
Salzburg (135 km), Munich (273 km)

Upper Austria

Upper Austria is one of the nine federal regions of Austria. It has a population of 1.4 million. Already since the mid-90ies, the region has given
political priority to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Renewable energy sources currently cover 34 % of the total primary energy
demand, 15 % of which is hydro power, 15 % biomass and 4 % are solar
and other renewable energy sources. By 2030, the region has set itself the
target to cover 100 % of its electricity and space heat demand from
renewable energy sources. The region has a leading position in biomass
heating: not only are more than 25% of all modern biomass boilers installed
in the European Union manufactured in the region, but it has one of the
highest densities of small-scale automatic heating systems in the world.

O.Ö. Energiesparverband

The O.Ö. Energiesparverband is the energy agency of Upper Austria, it supports the regional government in the development and implementation of regional energy programmes. These include for example energy certification and rating of buildings, energy advice services to households, businesses and public bodies or managing state funding programmes.
The O.Ö. Energiesparverband also runs the “Energy Academy“ which holds more than 30 training courses on energy efficiency and renewable energy
sources annually.


The O.Ö. Energiesparverband also manages the “Ökoenergie-Cluster“, the
network of renewable energy and energy efficiency companies in Upper Austria. Currently, 150 companies and institutions are partners of the network, employing more than 6,200 persons and achieving a turnover of
more than 1.7 billion Euro /2.3 billion US $ annually. These companies are
active in all fields of sustainable energy production and use, special areas of
excellence are automatic biomass heating, solar thermal and high-efficiency

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