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Germany: Bavarian entrepreneur shows forestry using wood gas amid crisis as alternative to fossil fuel 04:50

Germany: Bavarian entrepreneur shows forestry using wood gas amid crisis as alternative to fossil fuel 

Germany, Heinersreuth
December 8, 2022 at 06:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ludwig Freiherr von Lerchenfeld, the owner of Freiherr von Lerchenfeld Heinersreuth forestry, showed his properties and spoke about wood gas as an alternative to fossil fuels on Wednesday.

Drone footage shows a variety of vehicles cutting down trees, transporting them, and shredding. According to the entrepreneur, 'treetops or the lower rotten wood from the forest' are used for producing wood chips, which gas is made of.

Von Lerchenfeld explained that the difficulties were caused by rising prices as a result of increased exports and the war in Ukraine. For example, the price of a combine harvester has risen from 17-18 to 24-26 euros per hour.

However, in his view, the use of wood gas in such cases is a cost-saving option, as 'the prices are significantly lower than if you heat with fossil fuels, such as oil or coal, electricity, or gas.'

"We are a place that, especially in the crisis we are currently having with fossil raw materials, where renewable raw materials are used, namely wood chips, wood and trees, to generate heat for houses but also for water and at the same time for electricity," von Lerchenfeld went on.

Germany and other European countries have been experiencing an energy crisis as a result of the rise in gas and electricity prices. As for October data, energy prices were 43 percent higher than at the same time last year, especially for household energy. Natural gas prices more than doubled compared to last year, going up 109.8 percent.

Germany: Bavarian entrepreneur shows forestry using wood gas amid crisis as alternative to fossil fuel 04:50
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Ludwig Freiherr von Lerchenfeld, the owner of Freiherr von Lerchenfeld Heinersreuth forestry, showed his properties and spoke about wood gas as an alternative to fossil fuels on Wednesday.

Drone footage shows a variety of vehicles cutting down trees, transporting them, and shredding. According to the entrepreneur, 'treetops or the lower rotten wood from the forest' are used for producing wood chips, which gas is made of.

Von Lerchenfeld explained that the difficulties were caused by rising prices as a result of increased exports and the war in Ukraine. For example, the price of a combine harvester has risen from 17-18 to 24-26 euros per hour.

However, in his view, the use of wood gas in such cases is a cost-saving option, as 'the prices are significantly lower than if you heat with fossil fuels, such as oil or coal, electricity, or gas.'

"We are a place that, especially in the crisis we are currently having with fossil raw materials, where renewable raw materials are used, namely wood chips, wood and trees, to generate heat for houses but also for water and at the same time for electricity," von Lerchenfeld went on.

Germany and other European countries have been experiencing an energy crisis as a result of the rise in gas and electricity prices. As for October data, energy prices were 43 percent higher than at the same time last year, especially for household energy. Natural gas prices more than doubled compared to last year, going up 109.8 percent.