Heat generation: heating with fossil combustion technology continues to be in demand

Heat generation
Heating with fossil combustion technology continues to be in demand

Many consumers in Germany continue to rely on heating with fossil combustion technology. That comes from industry figures. Photo: Sina Schuldt / dpa

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In proportion, many heating systems with fossil combustion technology are still being installed in Germany. But in percentage terms, the number of biomass burners is increasing more rapidly.

When installing heating, consumers in Germany continue to rely primarily on fossil combustion technology, according to the association.

In the first half of this year, over 340,000 gas and oil heating systems were installed in Germany, according to figures from the Federal Association of the German Heating Industry (BDH). The alternative biomass burners and electricity-driven heat pumps, which are considered sustainable, have been installed a good 117,000 times. The «Welt» had previously reported on the numbers.

In the case of alternative heat generators, however, a significantly higher percentage increase was recorded. With over 40,000 devices, biomass burners were installed almost twice as often as in the first half of 2020. In the case of heat pumps, the number of new devices rose by almost half to 76,000. In the case of gas and oil heating, the increases were significantly lower at 18 and 17 percent, respectively. According to the association, there were a total of 13.9 million gas heaters and 5.3 million oil heaters in Germany last year. Biomass burners and heat pumps have so far only made up a small proportion with a total of 2 million units.

According to the “Welt” report, the BDH attributes the fact that there were generally high growth rates in heating installation in the first half of 2021 to a statistical one-off effect. In the first half of 2020, a total of few orders for new installations were received due to the pandemic, and the difference in the year-on-year comparison is correspondingly clear. In the further course of the pandemic, the citizens would have invested more money again. The BDH attributes the comparatively high increase in alternative heat generators to new funding programs and an increased interest in technology with lower CO2 emissions.


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