"SCHOTT ROBAX® IN FRONT - THE NEWS" - with this headline invites SCHOTT ROBAX® to take a look at the future at the Expobiomasa trade fair held in Valladolid from 24 to 26 in september

“SCHOTT ROBAX® IN FRONT – THE NEWS” – Under this headline, SCHOTT ROBAX® is inviting visitors to take a look into the future at the Expobiomasa trade fair in Valladolid from September 24 - 26, 2019 (Hall 4/Booth 465). The premium brand will captivate visitors with hot news about its glass-ceramic fire-viewing panels. For instance, the ROBAX® IR Max coating can now be combined with all decorative colors the brand has to offer. The interior paneling ROBAX® Magic with Signature Impressions allows manufacturers of gas fireplaces to create completely new designs and flame effects.

Serial production of ROBAX® fire-viewing panels started 40 years ago and more than 100 million units have since been sold. At the SCHOTT ROBAX® booth the visitors can experience an insight into the contemporary history: Here, the innovations that have made the brand successful yesterday and today – and will make it successful tomorrow – come alive.

News for creative minds: ROBAX® IR Max with highly flexible printing

Good news for manufacturers and lovers of wood fireplaces: The ROBAX® IR Max heat-reflecting fire-viewing panel can now be combined with all ROBAX® decorative colors. This also includes three Metallic Design Effects, each combining two printing colors. The coated glass-ceramic reflects up to seven times more heat radiation back into the combustion chamber than an uncoated fire-viewing panel. This applies to infrared radiation (IR) in the wavelength spectrum between 800 and 8000 nanometers.

News for trendsetters: ROBAX® Magic with Signature Impressions

The gas fireplaces so popular in the United States are also becoming increasingly popular in Europe, which has traditionally been dominated by wood. Gas fireplace manufacturers now have even more opportunities to differentiate themselves. The interior paneling ROBAX® Magic increases the design variety with “Signature Impressions,” a new collection of color, surface or print decorations, which create new visual effects: The flames appear larger and the combustion chamber deeper. Unlike other interior materials, no discoloration occurs. The panels offer excellent reflectivity and have a modern look. Several design examples will be on display at the trade fair, allowing customers to choose from a wide range of possible combinations.

News for curious developers

“We also have a surprise waiting for curious fireplace designers in our exhibition bag. Visitors to our booth will have the exclusive opportunity to experience the prototype of a world innovation on site,” says Stephanie Schwarz, Head of Sales & Marketing for SCHOTT ROBAX®.

Visitors should also make note of the second day of the fair (Wednesday, September 25, 2019) in their calendars: Starting at 16 p.m., SCHOTT will be staging a little “Get-together”. “Everyone is cordially invited to join us,” says Stephanie Schwarz.

Further information: https://www.schott.com/robax/english/index.html

A seal that guarantees the quality and specialization in the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of biomass stoves and boiler installations

The president of the Spanish Association of Energy Valorization of Biomass (Avebiom), Javier Díaz, delivered this morning to the representatives of CALORDOM, GEBIO and ERBI of the stamp of 'Certified Biomass Installer' (IBC), which makes them the three first Spanish companies in obtaining this certification.

"A brand that endorses the quality and specialization in the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of biomass thermal installations", As indicated by Diaz in an act that took place at the headquarters of the National Confederation of Associations of Plumbing, Gas, Heating, Air Conditioning, Fire Protection, Electricity and Allied Companies (Conaif).

The president of Avebiom has highlighted the importance of "betting on offering the client guarantees of quality and control of the facilities and being able to differentiate in the market the companies that execute their work professionally".

According to data from the Ministry of Industry, in Spain there are more than 30.000 companies trained to perform thermal installations in buildings (RITE). According to estimates from the National Biomass Observatory, which is managed by Avebiom from 2009, an 27% of these companies have operated with biomass equipment on at least one occasion.

By the end of 2018, almost 300.000 biomass installations for thermal use were operating in Spain. Most are small power equipment, stoves and boilers of less than 50 kW for the domestic heating sector.


This seal has been launched in collaboration with the Institute of the Construction of Castilla y León (ICCL), which acts as a certification entity throughout the national territory. ICCL, as an external certification entity, contributes to the model developed by Avebiom the guarantee of impartiality, technical competence, transparency and confidentiality necessary throughout the certification process. The scope of certification extends to the entire value chain, including the design, assembly, operation, maintenance and repair of facilities.

The technical director of ICCL, Felipe Romero, and the head of certification of this entity, Javier Vielba, showed that this certification "is born with a national vocation, so that it will soon allow offer quality guarantees through companies throughout Spain. " In fact, they said, the first three certifications "already reflect that trend, given that they are companies from Andalusia, Madrid and Castilla y León."

To obtain the seal, installers have to comply a series of defined requirements in the 'Letter of Quality' regarding its organization, the degree of specialization, the experience demonstrated, the conditions of service provision, the response to the client, the availability of qualified technical personnel and the available material resources.

This 'Quality Charter' includes, among other requirements, the commitment to inform the customer of the ideal conditions in which the installation and maintenance must be carried out, as well as the advice to choose the most efficient technical solution; and the obligation to deliver a detailed invoice in accordance with the approved budget.

To access the certification, the company must have a staff of experienced technical staff and be registered in the regional register of installation companies.

The technician, meanwhile, has to meet the training, experience and specialization requirements established in the Professional Profile applicable to his specialty. The certified organization will have a procedure to attend to complaints and claims from its clients.

Certified companies

Heat Erbi. Energy Services Company (ESE) accredited by the IDAE. It is headquartered in Ponferrada (León) and operates in Castilla y León, Asturias, Galicia, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and Madrid. It is a company committed to the quality of the facilities, through the training of its teams of installers and the choice of the best suppliers of equipment and components, and always with special attention to the quality of the biofuel. In fact, it is a pellet distributor company with ENplus certification. Currently, Erbi covers more than 300 facilities, mainly media and large users.

Gebio. An ESE company vertically integrated, with which it has its own means for production, distribution, engineering, installation and maintenance of its facilities with which it performs energy sales services. Enabled in the IDAE Biomcasa Program, it currently manages more than 80 facilities in Spain and Portugal, with its own telemanagement and maintenance service.

Calordom Business group of family origin, with more than 80 years of experience as suppliers of energy services oriented to the maintenance of boiler rooms, solar panels or gas oil and gas supplies, among others. 30 has been working on environmental issues for years and is a pioneer in the implementation of renewable energies throughout Spain and especially in the Community of Madrid. Of his activity it is possible to emphasize the supply of bone of olive as a source of thermal energy, fuel that gives heat to more than 20.000 families from Madrid, what supposes more than 80% of the final users of the company.

In recognition of the different actions, both outreach, support and investment, developed in recent years, especially in regard to the use of biomass for thermal generation in both public and private buildings.

The Spanish Association of Energy Valorization of Biomass (Avebiom) has awarded the prize 'Foster 2019 Bioenergy' to the Basque Energy Agency (EVE) in recognition of the different actions, both of disclosure and of support and investment, developed in recent years, especially in relation to the use of biomass for thermal generation in both public and private buildings.

The jury has wanted recognize the trajectory of this public entity in the promotion of the use of biomass throughout its 37 years of history. The president of Avebiom, Javier Díaz, will present the prize within the framework of the Expobiomasa Fair, in Valladolid, the next 24 in September.

The Basque Energy Agency (EVE) was created in 1982 and is the Basque Government Energy Agency, whose mission is to propose energy strategies under the criteria of supply guarantee, cost competitiveness, sustainability and technological development; as well as actively participate in its development and contribute to the achievement of the objectives defined in them.

The Basque Country is a region with high energy consumption that has always been committed to the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy, especially biomass, as it has the greatest potential. Currently it is the 80% of the total share of renewable energies in the energy balance.

The EVE carried out the first assessment of the Community's energy potential in 1985. And in the decade of the 90 carried out different technology research and development projects based on pyrolysis and gasification to address different types of uses. In addition, studies of identification and characterization of resources were carried out.

It also established several companies, with town halls and mancomunidades, to energetically value biogas from various landfills. And a series of studies began to evaluate the potential of other 'biomastic resources'.

Later, promoted projects to start electric generation plants based on forest and agricultural biomass, At the same time, the study and exploration of new technologies to use biomass for thermal purposes was strengthened. Noteworthy is its commitment to the use of pellets and the impetus to replace traditional boilers with new systems, which offer the same service in an automated and sustainable manner.

Currently, in line with the European strategies to boost renewables aimed at the decarbonisation of the energy sector, it is developing various annual aid programs, through which thermal biomass installations have been promoted near 4.000, which have achieved a impact on Basque society by modifying its traditional consumption patterns.

Eight winners from 2010

In previous editions they have received the 'Promotes Bioenergy' award City Council of Tarrasa (2010) IDAE (2011), the Energy Agency of Andalusia (2012), the Castilla and leon meeting (2013), the Office of Climate Change of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment (2014), the Xunta de Galicia (2015), the public company Nasuvinsa (Navarra de Suelo y Vivienda, in 2016), the University of Valladolid (2017) and Give-Ciemat of Soria (2018).

Andalucía is the leading community in biomass stoves and boiler installations according to obsevatoribiomasa.es

The 2019 Annual Report of Observatorybiomasa.es managed by the Spanish Association for Energy Valorization of Biomass (Avebiom) places Andalusia at the head of the ranking of leading autonomous communities in the use of heating biomass, both by business volume and by number of biomass boilers and stoves in operation.

At the end of 2018, in Andalusia there was 78.200 stoves and boilers of biomass in operation. Facilities that avoided the emission of 567.000 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, the equivalent to the pollution produced by 378.000 tourisms, that is, the 6,8% of the entire regional mobile fleet.

The biomass sector generated the past in Andalusia a turnover of 177 million euros, an 21,4% more than the previous year and almost an 20% above the average national average increase.
The figures of the 2019 Annual Report of the Observatorybiomasa.es make Andalusia the leading autonomous community in the biomass sector for heating, both by business volume and by employment and number of stoves and biomass boilers in operation.

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Eko Bero is a company located in Zumarraga, Guipúzcoa, dedicated to the advising, distribution, formation of heating systems based on renewable energies such as biomass, solar thermal energy and aerotermia mainly. Eko Bero has its origin in an installation company with more than 45 years experience in the market and following the development of the Drain-Unit patent that Orkli sells and several papers at the University of Deusto, the idea of ​​developing the company Eko Bero arose . At the national level Eko Bero distributes Lohberger.

Lohberger, Austrian manufacturer of biomass stoves and stoves, which stands out for being pioneers in the manufacture of pellet kitchens. They are mixed kitchens, the traditional kitchen with a module for the burning of pellets. It explains how a pellet stove works, in the hopper the pellets are introduced and through the burner the flame arrives at the home of the firewood, with which the traditional wood stove is lit through the pellet. These pellet stoves combine tradition and modernity, since they can be controlled through Smartphone, tablet or PC, ... with remote management. This type of kitchens can also provide heating and hot water for the whole house, it is possible to distribute heating to other thermal emitters, radiators ... They are very aesthetic kitchens that can be adapted to modern and rustic homes. The control of the kitchen through the Internet offers remote management and remote maintenance from the factory, which can detect and correct faults in the kitchen.

Diana Janeiro, commercial director, and Jose Manuel, technical director, of Eko Bero present us the company and the news in this video recorded in Expobiomasa. And they will be with more news in the next edition.


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In general terms, the data provided by www.observatoriobiomasa.es are positive for the sector. Thus, at the close of 2018, 298.399 stoves and boilers powered by biomass were operating in Spain, 53.480 more than the previous year.

In general terms, the data provided by www.observatoriobiomasa.es shows positive for the sector. Thus, at the close of 2018 they operated in Spain 298.399 stoves and boilers powered by biomass, 53.480 more than the previous year. Equipment sales have increased an 16,2%, but it has been unevenly, more stoves than high power boilers.

The biggest increase in heating installations with biomass has been driven by the sale of new pellet stoves, which in 2018 rose to the 50.130 units. This sales figure, which represents a new record in Spain, although far from the sales in countries such as Italy or France with figures that double and triple the Spanish market.

Number biomass boilers for individual or domestic use, with power lower than 50kW, an 7,1% has been increased, maintaining a positive trend. But the installation of boilers with a power equal to or greater than 50 kW, common in industrial and collective installations, dropped an 10%. Two key reasons for this slowdown have been collected: the first is that it came from a situation of low prices of fossil fuels, causing the projects to include costs without updating; and the second, it was a stagnant political situation at all levels that affected the approval of aid lines, stopped numerous municipal projects, and created a situation of business instability that negatively impacted investment plans. Luckily, both situations are changed.

This evolution has allowed the biomass boiler park to be located at the end of 2018 in 18.127 facilities with a power lower than the 50 kW; 11.214, with a power between 50 and 1000 kW; and 1.138 boilers more than one power 1MW. For its part, the number of operational stoves is from 267.920 in Spain.

Alejandro Esteban, commercial delegate of Solzaima, Portuguese manufacturer of pellet stoves, wood stoves, inserts, pellet and wood boilers, presents the novelties of the firm during the Expobiomasa fair. From 8 and 10 kW pellet stoves, insertable stoves, ... to the range of industrial biomass boilers

The K400 range, 10 kW stoves of different models: PINE, LIVEASPEN, ALPES. Verniculite and cast iron interiors, tangential fans larger and quieter, and with greater air flow, ceramic resistances that provide greater durability and electronic control. The most remarkable feature of these stoves is that they are Modular and that outer part can be customizable depending on the needs of the client.

K300 range, 8 kW stoves, They share the same body and different external parts, with advanced technology and great aesthetics. The Olive model is Configurable in color and outer part by the user. Modular stoves that can be customized with a single body

Pellet inserts, which can be channelable, these models can have different forms of loading: on the side, front, by an upper tray, ... These insertable stoves can be moved through rails to facilitate the work of maintenance of the stoves. The position of the display of these inserts is placed inside the equipment, but it can be removed and placed in another place, to make it more accessible.

A new Solzaima functionality is the electronics that incorporate their equipment to Wifi control of the equipment. Through an app you can control the parameters of the equipment: temperature, fan speed, time schedules, ...

La range of automatic boilers, which incorporate improvements such as automated cleaning, ceramic resistances and reliability and experience Of the brand. They also offer different models of industrial type biomass boilers.

A complete range of heating by biomass: hidroestufas, fireplaces of wood, boilers of firewood of gasification of inverted flame of different powers, etc with the experience, reliability and innovation of Solzaima.


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The European Pellet Conference, held this year in Wels has been the scene in which the conference director, Christiane Egger, highlighted the growth of biomass in Upper Austria, the region where the event takes place: the 35% of the heaters Domestic already works with biomass.