Canadian Biomass Magazine

Pellet production and consumption climb in Germany

February 18, 2013
By Scott Jamieson

February 18, 2013, Brussels - Both pellet production and consumption continue to grow at a rapid pace in Germany, according to a recent Fordaq report. Pellet production climbed 16 per cent.

With a production in 2012 of approximately 2.2 million tonnes (2011: 1.9
million tonnes) more pellets were produced in Germany than ever before.
Also the demand for pellet furnaces of about 40,000 new stoves and heaters
in 2012 brings the total to 280,000 units.

In 2013, the German Energy Wood and Pellet Association (DEPV) expects
further growth. Production is expected to increase to 2.3 million tonnes,
and 47,000 new pellet furnaces will be sold.

The average pellet price in 2012 was 235.88 EUR/t, corresponding to
a price increase of 33 per cent in the last 10 years (for fuel oil it was
145 per cent). Production capacity in Germany increased to 3.1 million tonnes in 2012.  Despite a 17 per cent increase in pellet consumption in 2012, only about 80 per cent (1.7 million tonnes) of
domestically produced pellets are consumed within Germany. The surplus is exported. See a detailed chart here.


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