Biomass heating

There are about 23,600 wood chip-fuelled and 28,300 pellet-fuelled heating systems installed in the region. This represents more than a quarter of Austria's installed small automatic heating plants (central heating, < 100 kW), making Upper Austria the leading region in Austria for this modern heating technology.

In addition, about 15,500 modern automatic firewood systems are installed in Upper Austria. As for large scale biomass systems (> 100 kW and communal facilities), there are over 2,300 projects including more than 350 local district heating projects in the region. Several existing plants were expanded.

In 2015, 55% of the newly installed automatic biomass boiler capacity was below 100 kW, 26% was between 100 kW - 1 MW and 19% was larger than 1 MW. In total, 65 MW were installed, as shown in the cumulative graph below.

The regional government has adopted a target to reach 100% space heating and electricity from renewable energy by 2030. In-state biomass will play a key role in achieving this target, in combination with significantly strengthened energy efficiency programs.