schegerer hotel 01Energy-intensive wellness hotel adds Biomass CHP to its heating system

This rural "Reibener Hof" wellness hotel in the heart of the Bavarian Forest is all about holidays, rest, relaxation and recreation, and is the perfect base for hikers and cyclists. Its focus has been on wellness since the inception of its beauty & health facility, offering guests a wide range of services including a large indoor pool with swimming machines, massage jets and fizzing water.

Meanwhile, the diverse sauna facilities, such as the Finnish sauna, hay sauna, steam sauna, rose sauna, infrared sauna, tepidarium, luxury shower, wading pool & plunge pool, and relaxation area with waterbeds and loungers, ensure a relaxing holiday. The enhanced wellness treatments at the beauty & health facility enables the Reibener Hof to offer even more ways of head-to-toe indulgence and thus make your wellness holiday truly magic.

Generating electricity and heat for wellness hotels from wood chips

The hotel was oil-heated (128 kW, boiler constructed in 1900) until 2005, before then being switched to woodchip heating with an output of 145 kW (year of construction: 2005). This woodchip system met 99% of the property’s energy needs. The construction of an additional building in 2011 meant the woodchip system was no longer adequate. Following hotel manager Josef Schegerer’s investment in a Spanner Re² GmbH biomass CHP, which uses woodchips to produce electricity and heat through a wood gas carburettor, this system began operation in December 2013. “The current heat-generation measures are no longer adequate, as the hotel needs a lot of heat, especially in winder”, says Josef Schegerer to justify his decision.

Link:  Spanner Holzvergaser im Reibener Hof

Detailed information of wood gasifier reference:

  • System: Two Spanner HKA 30 Biomass CHPs
  • Output: 60 kWel and 146 kWth
  • Start-up: 2013/2014
  • Annual operating hours: approx. 7,500 hrs per system
  • Electricity usage: Fully fed into the public grid, remuneration in accordance with the EEG (German Renewable Energy Sources Act)
  • Heat usage: Heating, hot water (80 %), wood chip drying (20 %)

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