are reached all-time highs in the installation of equipment and the total installed power. This equipment is used to generate thermal energy of renewable and local origin to, above all, provide industrial heat and supply domestic heating. The year 2021 has set a new record in the installation of biomass equipment in Spain. The year ended with a park of biomass stoves and boilers (pellets, chips, bone, and other biofuels) greater than 512.000 operating units, which has been achieved thanks to the installation of 75.832 new devices during the year. Total installed power also grew to 14.090 MW, thanks to an increase of 1.391 MW compared to 2020.
THE INSTALLATION OF NEW PELLET STOVES AND BOILERS IN THE DOMESTIC SECTOR GREW 40% LAST YEAR
The manufacture, installation and maintenance of equipment of up to 50 kW and the supply of biomass, mainly pellets, in the domestic sector generated a business of 465 million euros in Spain in 2021; 26% more than the previous year. On the other hand, the consumption of domestic heating with biomass creates and maintains direct employment for 7.700 professionals in different activities of the value chain. At the end of 2021, 497.556 pellet stoves and boilers were operating in Spain, 74.655 more than the previous year, which means an increase of 40%, according to data collected by the Association Spanish Biomass in www.observatoriobiomasa.es
In 2021, the domestic sector generated a total of 3,1 terawatt hours of energy in the form of heat, using for this, mainly pellets: 617 million kilograms of wood pellets, an amount that replaced the purchase and burning of 310 million liters of heating oil. In addition, the fact that in 2021 in Spain biomass was used instead of diesel to heat homes contributed to fighting climate change by avoiding the emission of 824.000 tons of CO2, equivalent to the emissions of 550.000 vehicles.
Since 2021, the observatory also provides figures on manual, non-automatic, biomass supply equipment, such as firewood. Sales of wood stoves, fireplaces, kitchens and boilers in 2021 reached 68.076 units in Spain, 24% more than the previous year.
IN 2021, THE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL SECTOR THAT USES BIOMASS STOPPED CONSUMING THE EQUIVALENT OF 1.634 MILLION LITERS OF DIESEL FOR HEATING
In the industrial and commercial sector, with equipment with power greater than 50 kW, the manufacture, installation and maintenance of boilers together with the production and supply of biomass generated a business of more than 666 million euros, 14% more than the previous year . The industrial consumption of biomass heat creates and maintains direct employment for 5.240 professionals in different activities of the value chain. At the end of 2021, 15.495 boilers, furnaces, air generators and industrial biomass burners were operating in Spain, 1.177 more than the previous year, which means a 28% increase in sales over the previous year.
Thanks to biomass, the industrial sector as a whole generated 16.312 GWh of energy in the form of heat from around five million tons of biomass, mainly wood chips, forest remains, wood pellets and by-products from the agri-food industry such as olive stone, shells, and others. Using these biofuels of sustainable and local origin in the industrial sector avoided the import and burning of the equivalent of 1.634 million liters of heating oil and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 2,9 million vehicles off the road.
In May 2023, Expobiomasa will have the presence of the leading companies in the sector in stoves, fireplaces and boilers. The next edition has advanced the dates to provide customers and suppliers with equipment delivery times throughout the installation season.
AVEBIOM proposes to hold the 15th edition of EXPOBIOMASA during the second week of May 2023 with the aim of promoting the participation and assistance of the largest possible number of professionals interested in the sector.
Jorge Herrero, director of Expobiomasa, reasons the decision: “until now we have held the event in the fall, with the campaign “on top”; this, which during the first years was a communication shock that managed to increase sales of stoves and pellets, has now changed with the maturity reached by the market.”
And it is that, today, given the increase in sales of equipment, the shortage of some components and better handling of information by customers, the sector is obliged to anticipate both the planning of the factories and the contracts for supply.
“With the change of dates we intend to help our exhibitors to improve production planning in their factories for the season and to more accurately manage their stocks for distribution. In this way they will be able to guarantee consumers the best service”, Blacksmith explains.
Expobiomasa will be the largest exclusive event in the sector in 2023, not only in Spain and Portugal, but throughout Europe. AVEBIOM hopes to regain the trust of the firms and professionals who did not attend the last edition concerned about the health situation at that time.
Thanks to the rigorous security protocol established by the organization and its exquisite follow-up by the 327 exhibiting firms and the 7.480 professionals from 25 countries who attended the last edition, Expobiomasa became the best possible place to get back in touch personally and face face to face with more professionals in three days than in a whole year of commercial visits.
An event that helps improve sector planning
The advancement of the dates of the fair will help customers and suppliers to know the real situation and market trends with perspective and time to better prepare the campaign. It is foreseeable that the demand for biomass equipment will increase given the current extraordinary situation of the energy market, with the prices of fossil gas, heating oil and, especially, of electricity on a continuous rise and the fuel supply problems that are sense throughout Europe.
At the proposal of a majority of exhibitors and members of AVEBIOM, the Spanish Biomass Association has decided to organize the next edition of Expobiomasa in the spring of 2023, thus adapting to the current rates of equipment manufacturing and installation and becoming the largest exclusive event of the sector in Europe of the year.
Biomass can be claimed today more than ever as a renewable, efficient, highly profitable, manageable and, above all, own source of energy.
We are waiting for you all again from May 9 to 11, 2023 in Valladolid!
7.480 Professional visitors attended the event for the sector in 2021, which included the first Renewable Gas Show and the 14th edition of the International Bioenergy Congress.
327 exhibiting firms from 15 countries, dedicated to the manufacture of forestry machinery, solid biofuel and pellet industries, manufacturers, distributors and installers of air conditioning systems, engineering, the auxiliary industry, energy service companies and investment groups.
Today, November 29, we celebrate "Bioenergy Day 2022" in Spain, four days earlier than last year.
Javier Díaz, president of the Spanish Biomass Association, highlights the progress achieved in 2022 by Spain, which has managed to bring the celebration of its Bioenergy Day forward to November 29, four days earlier than last year: "biomass has increased its contribution to the Spanish energy mix by 1% and already contributes 9% of all the energy we consume, which shows that we continue to consolidate sustained and sustainable growth. The role of bioenergy in the energy transition of our country is fundamental and, especially, when we talk about energy security”.
Bioenergy is a key provider of renewable energy in the European Union
The EU27 has also moved up the celebration of the European Bioenergy Day this year to 8 November. From October 9, 2022 and until the end of the year, renewables will provide 84 days of clean energy, of which bioenergy would take care of 52 days.
In 2021, bioenergy contributed 57% of all renewable energies and 14% of the total energy consumed in the EU27. In the renewable heating sector, its contribution is even more significant, since it accounts for more than 90% of the total clean energy used in this area.
And its penetration continues to increase in all the colder countries and regions, such as the northern and central areas of Spain, through efficient biomass heating networks -which are already close to 500 installations in our country- and due to the extraordinary increase in the installation of pellet stoves, whose market share increased by more than 40% last year in Spain and the park already exceeds 512.000 installed units.
In the EU, the Baltic region is a leader in developing bioenergy and enjoying its benefits: Estonia and Latvia have been the first states to celebrate their national bioenergy days (both could be supplied only with bioenergy for almost 5 months ( 144 days each), followed by Sweden and Finland with 140 days each.
From farm to forest: sustainable bioenergy to ensure energy security
Bioenergy Europe, a forerunner of the campaign since 2017, encourages each national bioenergy association in the EU to celebrate the national bioenergy day in their respective countries with the aim of showing the importance of the sector and sharing knowledge with citizens about the various raw materials used to generate bioenergy and the processes to achieve it.
Thus, this year, the campaign has the slogan "From the farm to the forest: sustainable bioenergy to guarantee energy security" and presents examples in each country, from projects in which agrobiomass or biomethane replace fossil gas, to innovative initiatives such as urban heat networks with biomass and carbon capture and storage.
Spain presents as a success story the biogas plant managed by Axpo on the Torre Santamaría family farm, Lleida, which transforms the manure generated by its cows and all its agri-food waste into biomethane for direct injection into the gas network.
Javier Díaz concludes with a message of optimism and confidence for consumers: "biomass will be with us for a long time, guaranteeing us comfort at costs that will soon stabilize again and be as competitive as they have been in the last 15 years."
Information about the European Bioenergy Day campaign https://europeanbioenergyday.eu/success-stories-2/
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European forests are under increasing pressure from rising temperatures, causing more forest fires, pests and diseases that threaten their ability to store carbon dioxide and safeguard biodiversity.
The letter, addressed to the presidents of the three main EU institutions: the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament calls for "climate-smart forest management" to strengthen the resilience and capacity of European forests to produce wood and generate carbon simultaneously.
And it is that some environmental groups continue to advocate restricting the amount of woody biomass used in the production of electricity, and in the European institutions the three largest political groups in the European Parliament have supported their proposals to exclude the production of electricity from biomass of the EU's renewable energy targets. According to Bioenergy Europe only 12% of the biomass used to produce energy in Europe is used to produce electricity, and not all of it is of woody origin, much of it comes from by-products of the paper, recycling or oil industry, for example.
These environmental groups who say that burning wood drives deforestation, destroys natural habitats and undermines forests that act as carbon sinks in the fight against climate change. Nothing could be further from the truth in European territory: there is no deforestation, the use of forest resources maintains and improves natural habitats and forest management works by improving the capacity of sinks to fix more and more carbon.
In fact, the letter from the more than 550 scientists questions these ecological claims for the European territory, and says that the continuous use and maintenance of forests, and not general protection, is crucial to guarantee that the persistence of forests in Europe . A use of wood and biomass destined for the European market guarantees the persistence of our forests in the long term by reducing the international import of wood and fuels from third countries. Without extracting biomass for power plants, which is usually the fraction of wood with no other commercial use such as branches, crowns, roots or bent trees, sustainable forest management slows down, causing forest growth to stop, increasing the risk of fires, diseases and pests and carbon sinks end up tending to zero.
The consumption of pellets in Europe in pellet stoves and boilers with power up to 50kW for residential heating, reached 14,1 million tons in 2021, in 2020 it was 11,9 million, which indicates an increase of 18% more than the previous year. They are data from the last Statistical Report Bioenergy Europe.
On the supply side, in 2021, European production increased by 9% and reached 21,6 million tons of pellets without counting the production of Russia, Belarus or Ukraine. Being practically enough to supply the 14,1 million tons that were needed to produce heat in the residential sector and 7,2 million tons that were consumed in the industrial sector (boilers, generators and burners with powers above 50KW), and thus solving part of the energy dependency to which European countries are subjected.
What reasons do we find for this acceleration of consumption.
The increase in the demand for pellets has been caused by the energy crisis of fossil fuels that began in the first half of 2021, before increasing with the invasion of Ukraine. In countries such as Germany, France or Poland, the installation of new biomass boilers in the residential sector has exhibited enormous growth rates, in many cases reaching a fourfold increase. In fact, it is estimated that in the last two years some 250.000 new pellet boilers.
The current energy crisis is making it possible to demonstrate the reliability of biomass as a source of energy to heat Europe, which requires stable policies and favorable incentives that help accelerate decarbonization and energy independence of gas imports. To that end, fiscal measures have already been implemented in some countries to ensure that wood pellet prices remain at acceptable levels for consumers, fossil fuel subsidies have been eliminated, and even the installation of new gas or diesel boilers.
What is the situation this winter and the forecast.
The increase in the demand for pellets, the interest in stockpiling pellets for the entire "winter", the trade sanctions against Russia, the scarcity of raw materials and the increase in the cost of production have raised the prices of pellets throughout Europe. But despite everything, the price of pellets has proven all these years to be much less volatile than fuel prices and to be much more competitive than electricity and fossil gas, which are reaching record levels.
The job of the European manufacturers in the sector is to work 100% to try to guarantee the supply of heating throughout Europe. Work is already being done on new and more efficient pellet mills since last year, which is more than predictable to increase production capacity with new pellet factories and extensions in countries that produce pellets in order to meet the increase in European demand in the coming years and discount the growing imports from Russia, until the invasion of Ukraine.
The Association of Heat and Cold Network Companies (ADHAC), has just recently published the Census of Heat and Cold Networks of 2022. This census adds 20 new heating networks, reaching a total of 516 heating and cooling networks operating in Spain.
Of the 20 new heat networks, 19 use biomass as an energy source and one uses geothermal energy, in Langreo (Asturias). At a general level, of the total heating and cooling networks that operate in Spain: 71% only use biomass as an energy source and another 7% use biomass and other energy sources as support.
By Autonomous Communities, Catalonia stands out above all the other networks with 14 networks, followed by Castilla y León and the Basque Country with two and Galicia with one. In fact, only in the province of Barcelona have been built this year 11 of the 20 start-ups.
Currently, there are many new networks being planned and built. The sector trusts that the aid published by the Government of Spain and the Autonomous Communities will encourage this heating system, which has great benefits for the decarbonization of energy and the fight against climate change, the reduction of air pollution in cities by replacing thousands of individual heaters and considerably reducing the heating costs of consumers and customers.
ADHAC has collaborated with the promotion of Expobiomasa on a regular basis since 2014, and publishes the Census of Heat and Cold Networks on an annual basis. You can find in the following link the censuses and presentations of the last years.
The Soria Heat Network with #biomass has just incorporated its third new construction development. On this occasion there are 26 apartments that are connected to the heating district of Rebi for heating and hot water. Recently, the municipal market has been connected to the network and five other blocks have signed their adhesion.
Some characteristics of the network are:
- Commissioning on January 8, 2015.
- 28 kilometers of pre-insulated pipe in two directions under the streets of Soria.
- 24-hour control center for attention to alarms or emergencies.
- It connects all its customers through fiber optics.
- More than 8.000 homes and 24 non-residential buildings.
- Three 7MW boilers, 21MW in total.
- Buffer tank of 5.000 m3
- It generates 80 million kWh/year, and replaces more than 8 million liters of diesel and almost 1 million m3 of natural gas.
- It avoids the emission of more than 16.000 tons of CO2/year.
- Minimum reduction of 10 percent on the previous invoice.
It also offers information on the 35 ENplus® certified pellet distributors and, for the first time, on BIOmasud® certified firewood manufacturers and distributors. On the other hand, it includes data from the 54 pellet, chip and bone centers in Portugal.
All the autonomous communities, except the Canary Islands and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, have a pellet plant. The 83 factories inventoried by AVEBIOM in April 2020 are distributed throughout 31 provinces of the 50 that make up the Spanish State. And between all of them they add a theoretical production capacity close to 2.000.000 tons per year.
“For the remainder of the season, the pellet factories in Spain have committed to guaranteeing the supply of pellets to their national customers and hardly any pellets are exported to other countries. Certainly, depending on how winter behaves, there may be tensions and, at any given time, in a specific area, there may be longer delivery times than usual, but there will be pellets and also other solid biofuels such as chips, firewood and olive pits. ”, According to Paul Rodero, current president of the European Pellet Council and responsible for the ENplus® certification in Spain.
In 2021, seventeen plants manufactured more than 10.000 tons of pellets, placing more than 465.000 tons on the market. All of them, except one, are ENplus® certified and are located in the northern half of the peninsula, with the exception of two, which are located in Albacete and Granada.
Another 29 plants have declared productions of less than 10.000 tons and manufactured just over 78.500 tons. Finally, 27 factories did not provide their production data for 2021.
Currently, there are 37 plants and 39 distribution companies with active certificates in the quality seal ENplus®.
Chip plants, olive stone and firewood
As for chip production, AVEBIOM has inventoried 57 plants in Spain, two fewer than in 2021. However, total capacity is increasing thanks to the fact that there are now six producers, two more than last year, who have the capacity to produce more than 60.000 tons of chips per year, located in Asturias, A Coruña, Valencia, Girona and Barcelona. And, in addition, one more producer joins those with a capacity greater than 30.000 t/year. The rest
On the other hand, 29 plants where olive pits are obtained have been inventoried, four more than in 2021; the largest producers are in Jaén, Albacete and Madrid, with productions of over 10.000 tons per year. Three manufacturers have been certified BIOmasud® in 2021 and there are already seven plants and one distributor.
Also in the last year the first 4 firewood producing companies have been certified. The inclusion of wood heating equipment among the government subsidized schemes, as long as a maximum humidity of 20% is guaranteed, it can be an incentive for more firewood producers to be encouraged to be certified in BIOmasud®
Biofuels in Portugal
For Portugal, the information on the previous map is maintained, prepared with data provided by the Association of Madeira and Furniture Industries of Portugal.
Download MAP in PDF. (last update: September 2022)
La 14th edition of Expopiomasa It will be held on May 9, 10 and 11, 2023 at Feria de Valladolid. La Asociación Esclothla de Biomasa, organizing entity of the contest, tiene ya reservado el 60% de los 24.000 m² de superficie exhibitionsitiva previstos cwheno faltan More than 6 meses para su celebración. La cita, has advanced its celebration to spring in order to adapt to the current contracting periods.
Currently, and given the increase in sales, manufacturers supply distributors in Spain, Portugal and Latin America on request, which requires better planning. Holding the fair in May will allow professionals to plan their sales and increase their profitability.
Una feria única para acceder a un sector imparable
Biomass provides 57% of all the renewable energy consumed in Europe, and is undoubtedly being the vector for an energy transition in the heating and air conditioning sector that requires practically half of all the energy that is consume. Given the lack of fossil fuels and their extremely high prices for consumers, whether they are industries or families, the use of biomass will be key in the coming years for Europeans and, therefore, for Spaniards.
Sales in Spain of stoves and boilers are continuously breaking records, pellet consumption, despite the increase in its price due to the increase in production costs, will break records, the use of wood chips for industrial installations is also at a maximum. In este sentido, en España seguimos la proyección europea, donde ya el 17% de la calefacción emplea biomhandle. Y respecto a la generación elécitrus, la feria contare con firmas que ya se ethey are posicionando in anticipation of doubling the number of plants de aquí a 2030.
El próximo mes de may, la Feria de opendolid acogewill la edición on oneero catorce de este evento, que sewill la feria más importante especialzada en exclusiva en el sector de la biomasa en toda Europa durante 2023. Las prevtheirones indican que contare con 12.000 profesionales procedentes de mace de 30 ptherees, especialmente Portugal and Latin America buscando oportunidades uicy de negocio y the últimas novedades de the 500 empresas y marcas lideres del Sector que estaran representadthem.
Hit la fecha, gthank you a la reserva de espacios de firmas procedentes de 10 ptherees, se ha bloqueado en la Feria de opendolid el 60% de los 24.000 m² de exposición previstos, una figure que doubles la edición anterior.
It will allow users savings of between 30% and 50% of their energy bill, compared to the current high prices. Through a modern renewable energy park in León that the Board will build, through Somacyl, green hydrogen will also be generated for mobility and industrial uses.
The park will be located on a 22-hectare plot to the south of the city of León and will feature a hybridization of the most modern renewable technologies: a generation plant with sustainable biomass, a green hydrogen production plant, a production and generation plant with biogas and photovoltaic solar power plant.
Generation plant with sustainable biomass
The sustainable biomass generation plant building will have an area of about 5.000 m2, divided into three areas: biomass storage, heat generation and auxiliary uses. The biomass boilers will be state-of-the-art, with mobile grate combustion systems, continuous combustion control in three phases and automatic cleaning systems. The maximum thermal power of this plant will be 75 MW. Each boiler will have a double emissions treatment system, made up of a first filtering stage using a multicyclone and a second filtering stage using an electrofilter with yields greater than 99%.
The wood that will be used as fuel in the plant will be forest chips (basically poplar, pine and oak) of natural origin and controlled traceability, meeting the sustainability criteria of the European Union. Likewise, other equipment associated with the generation of thermal energy will be located in this building: pumping systems, valves, meters, expansion system... In addition, the plant will have a sensible heat storage system of 10.000 m3 that will allow the accumulation of thermal energy renewable at night, when the city's demand drops, to provide it during the day when the demand peaks of the buildings occur.
Production and generation plant with biogas
The energy complex will have a biogas production plant from the organic fraction of the city's urban waste supplemented with other agricultural waste. The minimum annual biogas production will be 1.000.000 Nm3, which will be used directly through a modulating biogas boiler that will produce hot water for the district network.
Green hydrogen production plant
The third large facility that the renewable park will have will be a 5 MW green hydrogen production plant, using two electrolysers of 2,5 MW each, which will be installed in two phases. The hydrogen generated will be about 400.000 kg/year, intended for mobility in the city and for use in nearby industry. In addition, in a complementary way, surplus oxygen will be used in the electrolysis process, also for industrial uses, and residual heat from the process will be recovered to generate hot water for the heat network.
photovoltaic solar power plant
The rest of the plot will have a photovoltaic solar energy installation with a power of 7,5 MW for self-consumption of the electricity demand of the complex.
Heat Exchange Substations
An exchange substation will be installed in each connected building, which will be located in the current boiler rooms. Its function is to hydraulically decouple the heat network and the internal circuit of each building, as well as to transfer thermal energy from the external circuit to the buildings. The main components of the substation are: the heat exchanger, the control valve, the energy meter and the secondary impulsion pump.
The facility has been designed for automatic operation of all the elements (power plant, transport network and substations), which will be connected to each other. In addition, an advanced control and telemanagement system will be installed, which will allow generation to be adapted to demand at all times, minimizing electricity consumption and thermal losses.
Thermal power supply capacity
León's sustainable heat network will be able to meet the demand of more than 28.000 homes and 150 tertiary buildings and will mean the shutdown of hundreds of fossil fuel boilers and chimneys in the city. When fully completed, the new infrastructure will have a renewable thermal energy production capacity of 350.000 useful MWh/year. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions achieved with this important environmental project amounts to 86.000 tons of CO2/year.
Project deadlines and budget
• The design engineering and licensing phase will begin in October 2022 and will last 12 months.
• The construction phase of the renewable park will begin in October 2023 and will last 24 months.
• The construction phase of the main structuring branch -which runs between the renewable park and the León hospital- will begin in October 2023 and will last 24 months.
• The construction phase of the secondary branches for the interconnection of buildings will begin in January 2024, with the start of thermal supply to the first buildings in the 2024-2025 heating season, although the buildings will be able to start managing their connection to the heat network as early as 2023.
• The total budget required for the complete development of all parts of the project will be around 70.000.000 euros plus VAT.
The León Sustainable Heat Network also enables the creation of employment in different sectors: for the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure, 30 stable direct jobs will be created in the city of León; for the obtaining and logistics of the biomass necessary for its operation, 90 jobs will be created between direct and indirect in the rural world, and more than 250 people are expected to work in the construction works.
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The Council of Ministers, at the request of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, has approved a Royal Decree-Law 17/2022, of September 20, with several measures in the energy field, such as the VAT reduction from 21% to 5% in supplies of natural gas, pellets, briquettes and firewood, with savings for consumers of some 210 million euros; the possibility that cogeneration temporarily abandon its regulated remuneration regime, so that the Iberian Mechanism is applied to it; or the creation of a new active demand response service that will increase the flexibility and security of the electricity system.
AVEBIOM, the Spanish Biomass Association, has repeatedly requested this reduction, the last time it was a letter sent to the Government of Spain last week, arguing the social, economic and environmental benefit that this measure entails for all Spaniards, whether or not they are direct consumers of biomass.
The tax reduction enters into force on October 1, will be in force until December 31, 2022 and will apply to pellets, briquettes and firewood, ecological substitutes for natural gas from biomass and intended for heating systems, whose prices have increased considerably with the approach of winter. It will provide an estimated savings of 19,4 million to consumers.
The new boiler has been installed by Bioenergy Ibérica and uses cocoa husks as biofuel to obtain the 12.250 tons of steam per year needed by the chocolate factory located in La Penilla de Cayón, while reducing CO2.100 emissions by XNUMX tons2.
The boiler uses the husk obtained in the cocoa roasting process as biofuel to produce steam and for the roasting process itself. In this way, Nestlé promotes the circular economy in its production processes.
In the press release, Arnau Pi, head of Sustainability at Nestlé Spain, notes that the boiler complements other efficient energy generation processes already existing in the factory.
Nestlé advances towards zero net emissions in its Spanish factories with the entry into operation of the new biomass boiler in the Cantabria chocolate factory. The company has had another biomass boiler at its soluble coffee factory in Girona since 2020, a photovoltaic park in Reus, a sustainable refrigeration system at the Viladrau bottling plant and, in addition, its 10 factories in Spain obtain electricity from renewable sources. renewable.
Bioenergy Ibérica participates in EXPOBIOMASA
In this third auction, which was held on October 25, 2022, up to 100 MW corresponded to biomass in projects without power restrictions and another 40 MW for facilities with installed power equal to or less than 20 MW. MITECO has finally awarded 146 MW of biomass at a weighted average price of €93,09/MWh, with a maximum of €108,19/MWh and a minimum of €72,38/MWh.
MITECO points out that the prices for electricity produced with biomass are higher than those of other renewables because it is a manageable technology, which can be produced when needed and facilitates the operation of the electrical system due to its synchronous nature. In addition, it has an important added value of job creation, mainly in rural areas, and helps to manage and recover forest and agricultural waste.
The successful bidders in this third renewable energy auction, held on October 25, 2022, were Hunosa, with 50 MW, followed by Desarrollos Renovables Eólicas y Solares (Acciona Energía), with 49,9 MW, and Desarrollos Renovables Abies (Reolum ), with 46,1 MW.
Hunosa will transform the La Pereda thermal plant from coal to 50MW of biomass. The public company maintains that the new plant will maintain current jobs and create at least around 200 new jobs related to forest management and biomass treatment.
The Reolum project consists of a biomass plant with 46,1 MW of power on the old land of the La Robla thermal power plant in León, another facility in a mining region. Company sources assure that the new plant will provide important innovations that will improve both its efficiency and reduce production costs.
Finally, Acciona Energía will build its 49,9 MW biomass plant in the municipality of Logrosán, Cáceres. The company already operates a 15 MW biomass plant in this province, in the town of Miajadas, and another three, one in Briviesca (Burgos) with 16 MW, another in Curtis (A Coruña) with 49,9 MW and a third in Cubillos del Sil (León) of 49,5 MW.
In this call, MITECO has also awarded 31 MW to local photovoltaic solar installations, with power equal to or less than 5 MW, at a price of €53,88/MWh, with a maximum of €62,5/MWh and a minimum of €44,98/MWh
Assessment from the Spanish Biomass Association
From AVEBIOM, it is estimated that the 380 MW planned by the government for the 2020-2025 period could be increased to 700 MW with plants located in the appropriate areas and close to biomass resources, both forest and agricultural: pruning of vineyards, fruit trees, straw and other agrobiomasses.
The association also defends the appropriateness of limiting power below 20 MW, since 50 MW plants require enormous consumption of biomass, of the order of 450.000 tons per year, which requires supplies of biofuel from great distances to the installation and increased competition for the resource.
On the other hand, AVEBIOM estimates that the country could house a power of more than 2.500 MW of electricity fed with the more than 20 million tons of agricultural and forestry biomass available in our country per year.
The Government of Spain opens a call for direct aid for biomass heat network projects from September 26.
This aid has been endowed with 100 million euros and the subsidized projects must be launched before October 31, 2025.
The construction of new generation plants that exclusively use renewable energy sources and new distribution networks with connections to consumption centers will be subsidized; the expansion or replacement of an existing generation plant with equipment that uses exclusively renewable energy sources, including those that remain unsubstituted; and the expansion of the distribution network and existing connections in facilities that use exclusively renewable energy sources.
They may receive up to 45% for individuals or legal entities that carry out an economic activity for which they offer goods and/or services on the market. Those beneficiaries who do not carry out economic activity can receive up to 70% aid.
The main suppliers of the sector at a national and international level will attend the next edition of EXPOBIOMASA, on May 9, 10 and 11, 2023.