Europe Pellet Market

Release time : 2016-11-23

Within the international biomass market wood pellets known product. Global production of wood pellets is growing almost exponentially, from 2 million tonnes in 2001 to 4 million tonnes in 2006, 9 million in 2008 and 15 million in 2010. Over the years, the market has become increasingly professional. Also, the average production and capital investment continues to rise each houtpelletproductiebedrijf. In addition, also increasing amounts of wood chips and wood briquettes traded and takes over the production of pellets from agricultural residues rapidly.

The European Union is the engine of the houtpelletmarkt. In 2010, the EU consumed 9.8 million tonnes of which 2.2 million tonnes were imported. Although this is a large amount, this corresponds to only 0.2% of the gross energy consumption. Given 20/20/20 objectives of EU research institutes expect that the market for wood pellets will continue to grow unabated. A conservative expectation is that in 2020 in the EU 24 million tons of wood pellets will be consumed, which will be imported 11 million.

Currently, pellets are mainly imported from the USA, Canada and Russia. Export Countries in attendance are Australia, South Africa and countries in South America. A progressive estimate says that could increase the annual demand for woody biomass to 305 million tons.

Biomass associations in Europe expect the consumption of high-quality wood pellets for heating will rise by more than 7 million tons in 2011 to 13 million tonnes in 2015 and 22 million tonnes in 2020. The growth of this market is driven by competitiveness wood pellets compared to the conventional fuels such as natural gas.

Italy has the largest domestic market for wood pellets in the world. Of the 1.8 million tonnes of pellets Italy consumed in 2011, 90% was bought by private individuals. Italian wood pellet sector are more than 3,500 companies and 19,000 employees. A total of 470 million euros was converted to wood pellets. The sector continues to grow and grow. In 2011 were sold in Italy 160,000 houtpelletkachels. These consume an average of 2 tonnes per year.

Sweden, with 2.3 million tonnes the largest consumer of wood pellets in 2010. About a third was consumed by individuals and SMEs for heat. Sweden also has the longest tradition in the burn wood pellets. In 2003, Sweden produced more than 1.1 million tons of wood pellets (Germany not even 100,000 tons).

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