Wood is currently the No. 1 in the field of renewable energy sources in terms of providing heat. Around 80% of renewable heat are provided through climate-friendly wood energy at present. Modern wood burning systems offer a wide range of comfortable and efficient possible uses, whether for supplying heat in agricultural buildings, large residential properties, municipal properties or private households.
Developments in the field of modern wood heating technology have picked up pace rapidly in recent years. As part of the "Heat from Wood" Special, the I.D.E.E. Cluster Wood-Based Energies partners will be demonstrating the latest heating technology using logs, wood chips and pellets together with Wald und Holz NRW. This also encompasses the "common use of heat" as part of heating networks as well as the current legal requirements for operating wood-burning heating systems as per the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchV). Information regarding the current funding programs on offer from the Federal Government and the State of NRW will additionally be available.
The Special will additionally deal with the topics of wood chip standardisation and quality assurance. In particular, the new ENplus quality certification defines requirements on the factors of piece size (particle size distribution incl. fine content and maximum lengths) as well as water and ash content. The new quality classes for wood chips, ENplus A1, ENplus A2 and ENplus B, can be experienced at first hand in the context of the Special. DEPI experts will be explaining the different wood chip qualities on site. The "appropriate fuel" for wood chip-fired heating systems can be selected thanks to this subdivision into classes. Wood chip suppliers can therefore describe their products and system operators can compare the prices of various wood chip qualities more readily. This also makes it easier for system operators to extend invitations to tender for wood chips.
The ENplus quality assurance extends along the entire length of the supply chain – from production and processing up to and including delivery.