Heating systems

Time of the pellets

Dittmar Koop, 11 Mar 13
It has taken years, but sales of pellet boilers are finally picking up. High oil prices and better marketing strategies are behind the boom.

“We’re fed up with the stink of oil in our basement!” These words won the Lapps, a young couple from Lower Saxony, first prize in the I Want Pellets competition run by the German Pellet Institute (DEPI). The institute was founded in 2008 as a subsidiary of the German Wood Fuel and Pellet Association (DEPV). It is financed by companies in the industry and aims to boost awareness of wood pellets. During a visit to a local fair, the Lapps visited a stand offering information about pellet heating. The consultant gave them an entry form for the competition, which asked people to think up a slogan, to take away with them. The couple’s idea won them a complete pellet heating system – a 15-kilowatt (kW) boiler from KWB and a pellet store from A.B.S. Silo- und Förderanlagen GmbH. Oil heating will soon be just a distant memory for the couple.

The Lapps’ slogan seems to be in tune with the times, as property owners throughout Germany are increasingly turning their backs on oil. While the statistics website Statista says that only about 15,000 pellet boilers were installed in Germany in 2010 and 2011 (in the peak years of 2008 and 2009 it was 20,000), DEPV’s current figures show sales climbed to 25,000 in 2012.

This is an abridged version of the article – the full text is available in new energy issue 02/2013

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