Summary and Discussion of Results

  • Rita EhrigEmail author
  • Frank Behrendt
  • Manfred Wörgetter
  • Christoph Strasser
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)


This chapter summarises how market aspects affect total biomass supply chain economics and how highly volatile prices influence pellet supply costs. The individual ranges of price variations in a 3- to 10-year period are outlined with raw material prices, freight rates, and exchange rates between origin currency and Euro as the predominant factors. These price aspects - compared with the final EU market price–are discussed from a holistic and close-to-market viewpoint.


Summary of price ranges Risk drivers Exchange rates Risk comparison  


  1. Interviews, 2011–2013: Interviewed pellet producers, traders and end-users (2011–2013), Personal communication with: Dusan S (2011) Black pellets manager of Vattenfall Europe AG, 08 Aug 2011. Hermes HD (2012) Director business development biomass of Vattenfall Europe GmbH, 29 Oct 2012. Mertens J (2013) Biomass procurement officer at GDF Suez, 07 Feb 2013. Lugner M (2012) Sales manager Max Lugner from pellets producer Schweighofer, 15 June 2012. Pease H (2013) Senior Biofuel Portfolio Manager for RWE Supply and Trading, 18 April 2013Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rita Ehrig
    • 1
    Email author
  • Frank Behrendt
    • 2
  • Manfred Wörgetter
    • 3
  • Christoph Strasser
    • 1
  1. 1.BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbHUnit Resources and Technical LogisticsWieselburg-LandAustria
  2. 2.Chair Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable EnergiesBerlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin)BerlinGermany
  3. 3.BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbHKey Researcher and head of branch locationWieselburg-LandAustria

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