One of our members visited a plant in Austria which was open to the public and this is what he found. A huge industrial complex with heavy motorised handling equipment. A pelletisation plant to reduce the timber to suitable proportions for the boiler and a single stage turbine producing about 7 MW of power.
The following pictures give some indication of what such a plant looks like, the scale of the operation associated with it:
The district heating system looses quite a large proportion of its heat because of transmission losses. The operators say that due to these unavoidable losses district heating is suitable only for densely populated areas as an alternative heat supply.
This does not seem to equate to the 'warm' words produced by the Council.