As a naturally renewable fuel, wood is the best solution for a reliable and sustainable heat supply. Pellets are the most convenient version of the naturally regenerative energy source that is wood. Waste material arising from wood processing in the form of sawdust is compressed to make small wood cylinders that are an ideal fuel for combustion. This protects the environment, spares the climate and saves resources.
When production losses and conflicts in the Middle East drove oil prices to acrobatic all-time highs in 1979/80, people began to search actively for alternative energy sources.
The first pellet furnaces were developed in the USA and large combustion plants in Sweden. Today Austrian manufacturers set the tone internationally, with small combustion systems in household sizes and commercial pellet boilers – technology "made in Austria" is exported throughout Europe, to the USA and Japan.
According to statistics, nine out of ten pellet boilers in France, for example, come from Austria and eight of those from Upper Austria.
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