“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
The Pedralbes Palace of Barcelona has been one of the last unique buildings of the national geography to incorporate biomass powered equipment for thermal uses, that is, to meet the demand for heat and Sanitary Hot Water (ACS).
The building, declared of Cultural Interest, has renovated its facilities with a boiler Heart 500 kW firematic, which is supplied with wood pellets, and replaces the two obsolete gas boilers installed almost 40 years ago. Once the equipment's life has been exceeded and its current performance is out of date with respect to the current energy efficiency values, the site renovation project has opted to change the energy source and switch to biomass. With this action in the main building of the complex, which has 8.082 m², efficient criteria are prioritized and complies with the European directives for reducing CO emissions2.
The list of monumental constructions that have opted for the Austrian technology offered by the Catalan firm swell it: the Abbey of Monserrat (Barcelona); the Monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña, in Castrillo del Val (Burgos); the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos (Burgos); the Monastery of the Star in San Asensio (La Rioja); and the Sanctuary of Javier (Navarra).
And although pellet and splinter-fed equipment seems to fit perfectly to the demands of these temples, the conclusion that biomass was the best energy solution did not come by divine inspiration. In fact, the arguments put forward by those responsible for Heritage of the different territorial entities were more earthly. All these unique buildings are characterized by their large dimensions that, although difficult to heat, have enough space for solid biofuel storage.
Another peculiarity that these constructions share is that they are far from the urban centers, located at points that do not have the necessary channeling to deliver natural gas, and usually cover their demand for energy with diesel or propane, more expensive than natural gas In these cases, "biomass is a very competitive energy solution”, Says Xavier Piñero, engineer and commercial director of Thermosun, which considers natural gas as "a tough rival for biomass."
SAVING, EFFICIENCY AND IMAGE
The truth is that behind each of these facilities there is a history, generally of saving in the energy bill, although other factors converge in the final decision of the change to biomass. “In the end, in the 95% of the cases, the most important condition is the economic one, although other circumstances also influence such as, for example, the forest use that is practiced in the area, which is decisive to guarantee the supply of biofuel at a good price, ”says Piñero.
The improvement in the energy classification of the building and the need to project an image that is committed and respectful of the environment also intervene in the decision, because according to the representative of Termosun, “sometimes it meets the compliance of a directive of the local authority that forces a reduction in CO emissions2 at the municipal level ”, and the energy consumption of these buildings has an important weight in this balance.
The size of these monasteries, sanctuaries and abbeys makes them large facilities with high energy costs, so direct savings are also high. The savings generated by the use of biofuel oscillates, according to the particularities of each case, between 20% and 50%, depending on the reference we take: the pellet in relation to natural gas, the pellet in relation to diesel, or the splinter referenced to natural gas or diesel. Even though savings cases of up to 70% occur when the installation is limited to a municipality with abundant industrial waste of wood or the municipality itself is a forest owner.
In the case of the Abbey of Montserrat, the contract with the property included a savings proposal between 10% and 20% of its bill, during 10 years, through the modality of energy purchase from the Services Company Energy (ESE) contracted, which assumes the investment of the installation, which becomes the property of the Abbey, after those first years 10.
In the opinion of the manager of Termosun the difficult thing in this type of singular buildings is to get the first. Once the proper functioning and savings generated by the biomass in the first one are demonstrated, similar projects soon arrive. Other representative buildings that supply their heating needs with equipment of the same brand are the headquarters of the Presidency of the Junta de Castilla y León (Valladolid) and the Atapuerca Museum Foundation in Ibeas de Juarros (Burgos).
Although we also find other examples in residential, sanitary, educational or sports facilities. At the La Molina ski resort, in the Catalan Pyrenees, the annual consumption of diesel is estimated at 98.840 euros, currently its biomass installation would work using splinter worth 38.662 euros. However, the cost is reduced even more in this case, because more than 50% the splinter comes from its facilities, causing the direct cost of this splinter to be around 15.000 euros, and exceeding savings of 80%.
TERMOSUN and HERZ are exhibiting firms at EXPOBIOMASA
With the summer wildfires both experts, professionals and environmental groups are reminding us that Forest and land management is essential To protect them against fire. The problem is to make them profitable so that private owners, in the hands of those who are half of the forest mass can face their maintenance.
Forest biomass is one of the main resources hidden by forests and, although its use has increased in recent years, there is still room for margin. “The forests of Catalonia grow every year three million cubic meters, and we barely extract 1,2 millions, that is, we only take advantage of the 40% of its capacity of growth ”, explains Adriano Raddi, of the Technological Forestry Center of Catalonia (CTFC).
"The problem of not taking advantage of this resource is that a very dangerous biomass load is generated," Raddi warns. This reality collides with the negative connotations that logging has. “Here the problem is not deforestation, as in the Amazon, but the uncontrolled forest growthe ”, clarifies the expert.
Summer has arrived. The long-awaited time to go on vacation to relax and recharge the batteries before autumn falls. But have you thought How will you heat your house this year? Well, you should do it because, according to the PIAZZETTA GROUP, summer is the best time to be able to choose a pellet or wood stove for three reasons:
Occasions, discount and attractive prices of stoves
Summer is the best time for those looking for quality but also savings. The prices of the products in the store are subject to attractive discounts. The stores offer offers and convenient conditions of sale to advance the high season that, for the world of heating, officially opens when the first cold begins and the need to warm up is approaching.
Increased availability by the retailer
Summer is also a good time to go to the nearest stove store. By not having a lot of work as in the middle of the season, you have more time to talk with you, listen to your needs and answer any questions, concerns about operation, features, maintenance and any other aspect you want to deal with.
Installation and assistance in a short time
Once the stove is purchased, the next step is to install it. Installers are usually more available to choose installation date with more attention and providing valuable advice for better efficient use and enjoy the maximum heat of a stove.
And why not in autumn?
It only remains to go to a distributor or store and choose the stove for next fall. But there is also the option to wait a bit at the beginning of the autumn and see what news presents the PIAZZETTA GROUP in EXPOBIOMASA. The Italian firm is today a large, efficient and articulate structure to which the constant technological research has allowed the development of exclusive patents aimed at improving the functionality and safety of fireplaces, stoves and boilers and the achievement of the highest qualitative standards , verified by the most severe European certifications.
To mark the 35 anniversary of the Austrian firm Hargassner The inauguration of a new building was held last June 7. They are 6.000 square meters dedicated to training and offices, which include gym, cinema, restaurant and a customer service center. The celebration had the recognition of the work of Anton Hargassner, founder of the company with the delivery of the Business Prize of the Upper Austria region and the recognition of the public, more than 800 installers, local distributors, guests, partners and suppliers.
The technological developments of the Austrian firm, which will be present next September in EXPOBIOMASA, were also protagonists:
From now on, the entire Nano-PK range is equipped with condensation technology that reaches an efficiency greater than 106%. The model is also incorporated into the range of pellet boilers Nano-PK 20-32 Plus.
The wood chip boilers Eco-HK, incorporate a new separator, the eCleaner, which reduces particle emissions. Thanks to the electrostatic charge the particles are deposited on the walls and fall through the automatic cleaning device downwards ending in the ash drawer.
The new POWER BOX, a hot air module that serves as a portable heating system capable of air conditioning tents, works, ... or to dry wood, grain, ...
And also highlighted the Hargassner KWK cogeneration plant, which produces continuously, and stably, 60 kW of heat and 20kW electricity from the gasification of wood chips with low humidity. There are currently 20 plants in operation in Austria located in District Heating, Farms, Industries, ... and will soon arrive in Spain and other countries.
The Heat Network with Biomass for the heating supply of the Presidency of the Junta de Castilla y León, in Valladolid, has already nine months of successful operation, since November of 2018. The project, promoted by the Regional Energy Entity of Catilla and León (EREN), was awarded to the company REBI. It is a heat distribution network through thermal energy in the premises of the Ministry of Presidency of the Junta de Castilla y León, has an investment of 539.844 euros.
The installed power amounts to 1.500 kW, and the consumption of wood pellets is estimated at 190 tons per year. The new biomass network has three 500 kW boilers for operation by the Austrian firm HERZ, present at Expobiomasa 2019, to supply eight Presidency buildings, through a pipe network of 476 meters in double direction.
Two substations equipped with plate exchangers have been installed to enable heat transfer between the water that flows through the network heated in the biomass boiler room, and the water of the different heating circuits of the buildings. The new heat network means a new opportunity to improve cities as Valladolid and be responsible for compliance with the emission reduction that affect the Climate Change required by the European directive 2018 / 844 and the implementation of a sustainable energy model of energy efficiency.
The new machines have integrated the TimberMatic Maps application. Thanks to it, it is possible to know the route followed by the processor and the batches attached with the exact location of each trunk. In addition, the operators of the different machines that work in the exploitation know the situation of the rest in real time and can mark on the map difficult areas or that they should avoid, or insert any appreciation on the ground.
The data exchanged between the machines is updated through a cloud service that allows plan the work routes within the mountain, which can be done by the machine itself thanks to artificial intelligence or manually programmed by operators.
This results in a optimization of the method of realization of the works of cut and removes, providing like this a greater performance and a reduction in the costs of exploitation.
GUIFOR will be present at Expobiomasa
The ECOcond system is a new development of HERZ for the particle reduction and for the efficiency improvement of the facilities.
The results of the incorporation of ECOcond have the following advantages:
- Saving of fuel up to 10% by condensation technology.
- Efficiency increase General with reduced dust emissions: the separation efficiency is approximately 50%.
- Low maintenance costs of the flue gas condenser: few mechanical components.
- Corrosion resistant stainless steel heat exchanger ➠ LONG LIFE
- Low energy consumption
- There are no disposal costs for ashes from the electronic filter (condensate can be easily channeled to the sewer system)
The separation efficiency of an electronic filter is often linked to full load operation. The design of the HERZ ECOcond allows efficient separation even in partial load operations, in the start and shutdown phases.
LACUNZA launches two innovators wood inserts fruit of his motivation for innovation and for responding to market needs. Wood inserts create a unique environment that goes beyond the environmental savings and sustainability that a wood appliance provides.
The wood insert Adour It allows you to enjoy the home like never before since it unites a series of differentiating elements that no other device gathered until its launch. One of its main benefits is its measure, which offers the possibility of installing it in any existing open home. In addition, it offers greater vision of fire thanks to the position of the turbines in the back, turbines that can also be stopped to offer total silence. On the other hand, it has 2 air outlets to channel with cast iron nozzles, a single lever with which the air inlets can be controlled and an external ductile intake that makes it a watertight device. Other of its many benefits are its easy installation, thanks to its removable smoke outlet from the inside, and its adjustable feet adjustable anywhere.
The new wood insert Nickel, on the other hand, it is a novelty among LACUNZA inserts since it is the first wood-burning apparatus with double face of the company. Thanks to its design, you can enjoy the fire like never before and give a modern touch to different rooms at the same time.
From the year 2022, the European Union will only accept stoves, stoves and wood burning fireplaces that comply with Ecodesign regulations. This standard will require greater energy efficiency in all products, lower emissions of CO and other uncontrolled pollutant gases.
The singularities and dynamism of the domestic pellet market, which this year will record a new record production in Spain to exceed 700.000 tons, has advised the holding of an international conference to analyze its characteristics, among which the contrast between the frequent symptoms of saturation followed by high demand intervals.
Pellet production domestic in Spain, which has tripled from 2012, has evolved based on the progressive increase in demand, which has recorded record sales figures since 2014 and that this year will reach 650.000 tons.
These are some of the arguments they will address representatives of the entire value chain, in order to analyze trends and establish forecasts, in the first edition of the International Domestic Pellet Market Conference (CIMEP), convened by the Spanish Biomass Energy Valuation Association (Avebiom), to be held within the framework of EXPOBIOMASA'19 next September 25, in Valladolid.
“CIMEP will be a meeting point where forecasts for Spain will be known, as well as market trends in purely producing countries (such as Portugal, Russia, Canada and Poland) and in the main consumers and importers, such as Italy and France” , as explained by the president of Avebiom, Javier Díaz.
CIMEP will talk about the raw material, the situation of the national and international market and the evolution of the pellet consuming facilities, topics that international reference experts will address.
Specifically, the two most important factors in the evolution of the pellet market will be analyzed. On the one hand, the raw material, to which a block will be dedicated in which the different agents will be represented: forestry companies, administration and forest owners. And, on the other, the installations that consume the pellet, both in Spain and in Europe.
As noted by the president of Avebiom, for professionals in the pellet sector "it is important to know the trends, both in the national and international pellet market, as they set the pattern of their activity forecasts." Above all, he added, "the forecasted imports from Portugal and other producing countries to Spain, as well as planned exports to Italy and France."
The evolution of the national market
The national production of pellets, which slightly exceeded the 200.000 tons in 2012, has evolved steadily, exceeding the figure of the 400.000 tons in 2014, until approaching the 600.000 tons in 2018.
According to Avebiom and Apropellets estimates, the national pellet production, which has reached record numbers since 2012, will exceed 700.000 tons this year and will be expected to be around one million tons in 2021.
This progression responds to a consumption behavior that shot up in 2012 to almost 400.000 tons, although it slowed down in 2013, to grow steadily from that year to 2018, in which sales figures approached 600.000 tons. According to Avebiom and Apropellets data, 2019 sales will be around 650.000 tons.
ANDRITZ, ARITERM, CONDENS, CORESTO, INDUFOR, INRAY, KPA-UNICON will present the latest technology and they arrive looking for collaborators for its projects of forest exploitation, quality control in the use of chips for thermal use and for the development of efficient management systems in district heating.
Finland is a country with a long tradition in the use of biomass for energy purposes in which:
- El 35% of all the energy consumed comes from biomass.
- El 50% of the Finns are connected to a district heating.
Take advantage of resources that you have around and optimize the operation The facilities themselves are the basis of the San Miguel de Tauste Cooperative project, which has focused on using biomass as a source of value. "We have a dehydrator that has been stopped for five months because there is no forage production, but we have around 60.000 tons of biomass that was not used," adds Jesús Abadías, from Cooperativas Agroalimentarias de Aragón.
With the CIRCE support, a project focused on herbaceous waste has been launched. This cooperative becomes Biomass logistic center for self-sufficiency and also provide resources as a thermal source. It also considers the development of a pellet combined with wood (36 percent) -to avoid the problem of ashes with cereal straw as a result of the earth-, which is to be introduced later without granulation process in a biomass boiler for agricultural and forestry fuels.
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