International Training Seminar Biomass Heating - Market development and technologies

3 - 6 December 2018, Linz/Austria

Market transformation towards modern, high-efficiency biomass heating presents enormous opportunities for local economic development, the reduction of energy costs as well as climate and environment protection.

The International Training Seminar focused on small- to mid-scale projects, fuelled by wood pellets and wood chips. It covers solutions for homes, smaller commercial/public buildings and district heating grids (up to a few hundred kilowatts).

The seminar offered interactive learning in an international group, educational site visits and presentations by experts in biomass technologies, market development and environmental protection.




The International Training Seminar was organised by the Energy Academy of the OÖ Energiesparverband, the energy agency of the region of Upper Austria.

Upper Austria is a success story in high-efficiency biomass heating: more than 33 % of the space heat demand is covered by clean, automatic biomass heating. Green heating has created more than 500 new jobs in Upper Austria in recent years. The OÖ Energiesparverband is also the organiser of the European Pellet Conference, the world's largest annual event on wood pellets.

What did the international seminar offer?

  • 3 densely-filled days with information and know-how on the technologies, economics and marketing of biomass heating!
  • Practical, hands-on time with experienced people - learn from the best in the field!
  • A dynamic mix of seminars, site visits and interactive activities in an international group.
  • A programme fully focused on small- to mid-scale wood pellet and wood chip projects.

Seminar topics

  • Success factors for developing a regional/local biomass heating market 
  • Technology overview (combustion, emissions), system designs
  • Fuel standards and logistics (wood pellets, wood chips)
  • Business and financing models, marketing

As an international training seminar, the programme does not cover country specific information, such as specific legal aspects or funding programmes.

Target Groups

Representatives of businesses, public bodies, institutions, NGOs etc. interested in developing local/regional biomass heating markets. It is especially targeted to persons from countries where the market for automatic biomass heating is in a starting phase.

Upper Austria

Upper Austria is one of the nine federal states/regions of Austria and has a population of 1.4 million. The region has given political priority to energy efficiency and renewable energy since the mid-90s. Renewable energy sources currently cover 35 % of the total primary energy demand: 17 % is biomass, 13 % hydro power and 5 % solar and otherrenewable energy sources.  

OÖ Energiesparverband

The OÖ Energiesparverband is the energy agency of Upper Austria. It supports the regional government in the development and implementation of regional energy programmes. These include, for example, energy certification and rating of buildings, energy advice services for households, businesses and public bodies and managing funding programmes. The OÖ Energiesparverband also runs the "Energy Academy" which holds more than 30 training courses annually on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.


The OÖ Energiesparverband supports regional energy technology companies in the context of the "Cleantech-Cluster" (CTC). The CTC is the platform for energy and environmental technology companies in Upper Austria. Currently, more than 250 companies are partners of the network. In the energy technology sector, partner companies employ over 7,000 people and achieve a combined annual turnover of more than 1.5 billion Euro. Special areas of energy excellence include automatic biomass heating, solar thermal and highly energy-efficient buildings. More than 25 % of all biomass boilers sold in the EU are manufactured by Upper Austria's boiler industry and pellet heating systems have become a standard solution in the region.