TTS energo operates three biomass heating plants in Třebíč, a Unesco heritage site in Czechia famous for its uniquely preserved Jewish Quarter. Since 1995, TTS energo has been a leader in using biomass for heating, burning mainly wood chips and straw, and as such, depends 90% on bioenergy. It serves almost 10.000 households, hospitals, schools, and local industries and businesses. The central heating system distribution network is almost 40 km long. The biomass is sourced locally and, unlike imported natural gas, the money needed to purchase the fuel stays in the region and supports the local economy.
The company expanded to neighbouring Slovakia when the company Národná energetická (which operates 10 other biomass heating plants) became part of the TTS Group. The TTS Group is also a manufacturer of biomass boilers which are sold not only to Czech customers but also to Slovakia and Ukraine. The success story is still unfolding as the group plans to sell boilers to China, reinforcing European leadership in the renewable energy sector.
Knowing what they owe to the region, TTS decided to engage with the social fabric. In 2015, the company established an educational centre, called Alternator, which organises interactive exhibitions and programmes focused on climate change, the environment and energy. The centre is open to schools and the public, representing one part of the renewal of a previously abandoned industrial zone, called Borovina, in Třebíč.
Every year Czech Republic produces over 300.000 tonnes of wood pellets, enough to heat between 60.000 – 80.000 households. On the other hand, some 380.000 households are still using coal to heat their homes.