The pellet production of the company Sturmberger is a prime example of the ecological production of a regional energy source. Chips from nearby sawmills are dried with the waste heat from an incineration plant, processed into pellets and then sold to households in the immediate vicinity – a model of regional economic cycle that transforms sawmill by-products into energy and climate friendly fuel. The CO2 reduction when using wood pellets is 99% compared to heating oil. The success story of the Sturmberger Group began more than 20 years ago, meanwhile Sturmberger Pelletproduktions GmbH alone has 50 employees.
The Sturmberger Group is, first and foremost, a family and regional story. Marianne and Franz Sturmberger founded the first company in Upper Austria and since then has rapidly expanded the product range from originally only bark mulch to wood chips and pellets. The capacities were constantly increased and expanded. Today, almost 45.000 tons of pellets are produced each year and thus cover the annual demand of around 9.000 households. The pellets of Sturmberger GmbH are produced exclusively from by-products of nearby sawmills such as sawdust and shavings. These are the raw material for the high-quality pellets from Sturmberger. To optimise the eco-friendliness of the production process, Sturmberger Group logically decided to bet on regional synergy. A local waste incinerator supplies the heat which is used to dry the wet sawdust – a key step of all pellet production processes. By exploiting this synergy effect, 30.000 tonnes of CO2 are saved every year. In addition, the pellet plant also receives the power needed for its presses from a local electricity supplier, assuring that 90% from electricity is coming from renewable energy.
In its evolution, Sturmberger Group has never compromised on quality. The Welser Pelletwerk relies on the so-called pellet tower technology of the Austrian producer Teccon. This technology guarantees first-class quality, only ENplus® certified pellets of class A1 are produced, and maximum efficiency in production. The investment in a large warehouse at the main site consolidates Sturmberger’s role in the market and secures the supply of regional pellets even in phases of particularly high demand. The produced pellets are consumed in the region within a radius of 60 km. In comparison to the transport of fossil fuels, these short transport routes only cause extremely low CO2 emissions.
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