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Modern, Efficient Heating with Wood and Pellets Cuts Heating Costs
11th Pellets Industry Forum/Interpellets 2011 present modern heating
Fuel price developments in Germany
Fuel price developments in Germany
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Pforzheim/Stuttgart, Germany (pts005/24.06.2011/08:00) - Outdated Heating Systems in German Basements: Modern, Efficient Heating with Wood and Pellets Cuts Heating Costs

Modernization Backlog in German Boiler Rooms: 11th Pellets Industry Forum and Interpellets 2011 present modern heating with wood and pellets

According to the latest study by the German Chimney Sweeps Association, 25% of oil-fired heating systems (1.4 million) and 16% of gas-fired systems (1.5 million) are over 20 years old. "Although these outdated heating systems are still in full working order, they are very inefficient because of their low capacity factor. Operators could significantly reduce their heating costs by investing in a newer, more modern heating system," says Martin Pfränger, project manager of Interpellets 2011. He continues: "By installing a heating system that uses a renewable energy source, such as wood pellets, system owners would also face smaller fuel price fluctuations than those encountered with fossil fuels. At the same time they would drastically cut carbon dioxide emissions in comparison with their old heating systems." Modern pellet- and wood-fired systems will be showcased at Interpellets 2011, which is taking place from October 5-7 at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre. The Interpellets exhibition focuses exclusively on the area of pellets technology and wood-fired heating. Here, the industry's most important manufacturers, producers, suppliers, wholesalers and service providers reveal their latest products and services. Around 550 experts and decision makers from around the world are expected to flock to the 11th Pellets Industry Forum, due to take place ahead of the exhibition from October 4-5, 2011 at the International Congress Center in the Stuttgart Trade Fair Center. Solar Promotion GmbH is the organizer of both these events.

Technologically outdated heating systems use 85% of energy in residential buildings

According to the Federal Industrial Association of Germany House, Energy and Environmental Technology (BDH), only 13% of heating systems in Germany are currently considered state of the art - despite the fact that 85% of energy consumption is used for heating and domestic water heating in residential buildings. By changing to a new, more efficient heating system, energy consumption - and thus heating costs - could be cut by around 30% or more, according to the BDH. However, each year only 3% of all Germans upgrade their heating system, despite oil and gas prices continually rising. For example, the North Rhine-Westphalia Energy Agency estimates heating costs for winter 2010/2011 alone to be an average of 20% higher than the long-term average. According to a survey by a real estate portal, most people seek short-term alternative solutions instead of reducing their long-term heating costs by upgrading their heating system. 43% of the population just heat individual rooms, and 20% turn the heating down and dress more warmly to counter this.

Pellets are significantly cheaper than fossil fuels

"Many households will once again have to reach deeper into their pockets because of greater oil and gas prices. It is therefore a good alternative to upgrade to a modern heating system that uses renewable fuel, such as wood pellets," says Simone Pabst, editor-in-chief of the specialist magazine 'Pellets - Markt und Trends'. Pellets are considerably cheaper than oil or gas, with a kilowatt-hour of oil costing 8.3 cents (source: Brennstoffspiegel magazine) in May 2011 against 4.7 cents for pellets (source: Pellets - Markt und Trends magazine). The implication for annual heating costs can be seen clearly in this example given by Simone Pabst: "The owner of an apartment in an old building with an outdated heating system can just about heat their house in winter from Monday to Thursday with 50 euros, but will then freeze as soon as they wake up on Friday. On the other hand, a pellets heating system will keep this same apartment warm right through to Sunday evening with 50 euros."

Interpellets 2011 showcases the latest products and services for pellet and biomass heating systems

The Interpellets exhibition and the 11th Pellets Industry Forum provide an excellent overview of the broad spectrum of pellet- and wood-fired heating systems. From October 5-7, Interpellets 2011 presents the entire value-added chain as well as the latest wood and wood pellet fuel technology. 150 exhibitors from Germany and abroad have an area spanning 7,000 square meters to showcase their latest products, services and technical solutions in the field of pellets technology and wood-fired heating. Around 6,000 visitors are expected to attend, with 25% coming from outside Germany. From October 4-5, the 11th Pellets Industry Forum provides an overview of European and global key markets along with developments and outlooks in international pellet markets as seen by various market players.

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Interpellets 2011: Quick Facts
Date: October 5-7, 2011
Venue: New Stuttgart Trade Fair Center, Hall 4
Trade visitor days: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 and Thursday, October 6, 2011, 9:00am-6:00pm each day
Public visitor day: Friday, October 7, 2011: 9:00am-4:00pm
Target group: Distributors, manufacturers and suppliers from the pellet industry, specialist tradesmen from the field of plumbing, heating and air conditioning, architects, planners, energy consultants and chimney sweeps
Visitors: 6,000 (expected)
Exhibitors: 150 (expected)
Exhibition space: 7,000 square meters

11th Pellets Industry Forum: Quick Facts
Date: October 4-5, 2011
Venue: International Congress Center, Stuttgart (ICS), New Stuttgart Trade Fair Center
Language: German/English (simultaneous)
Participants: 550 (expected)
Target group: Decision-makers from the pellet industry (manufacturers, distributers, suppliers), service providers (contractors, planners, energy agencies), researchers, investors, representatives from regulatory authorities and politics
Participation fee:
Application until September 2, 2011: Eur 440
From September 3, 2011: Eur 500
At the door: Eur 550

The participation fee includes entrance to Interpellets 2011, conference documentation, lunchtime refreshments and drinks in the breaks.

The program for the 11th Pellets Industry Forum will be available from August at: http://www.pelletsforum de > Program

Organizers and partners of Interpellets 2011 and the 11th Pellets Industry Forum

The Interpellets 2011 exhibition and the 11th Pellets Industry Forum are organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim. Partners of the event include the German Wood Fuel and Pellet Association (DEPV), the German Solar Energy Society (DGS) and the European Pellet Council (EPC).

Sponsors of the 11th Pellets Industry Forum:

Gold Sponsor
FireStixx Holzenergie GmbH

Silver Sponsors
Andritz Feed & Biofuel
EWK Umwelttechnik GmbH
Schellinger KG

Bronze Sponsors
Bühler GmbH
DIN CERTCO - Gesellschaft für Konformitätsbewertung mbH TÜV Rheinland
Fram Renewable Fuels, LLC
Kleeschulte GmbH & Co. KG
SHT Heiztechnik aus Salzburg GmbH

Further information on Interpellets 2011
and the 11th Pellets Industry Forum

Solar Promotion GmbH
Martin Pfränger / Barbara Pilz
Postfach 100 170
75101 Pforzheim, Germany
Tel.: +49 7231 58598-0
Fax: +49 7231 58598-28

Press contacts:
Press Office Interpellets 2011
c/o pr.moebitz Gabriele Möbitz
Freiaustraße 58
79100 Freiburg, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)761 / 881 49-84
Fax +49 (0)761 / 881 49-85

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