The meeting plans to mark the relaunch of the commercial activity of the sector at the beginning of the next season.
Health safety will be a priority in this edition, with coordinated measures together with the Castilla y León Fair Institution.
As in previous editions, the hiring of spaces with special discounts for exhibitors is extended until April 30.
AVEBIOM, the Spanish Biomass Association and the main employer of the biomass sector in Spain, maintains on the scheduled dates the celebration of EXPOBIOMASA 2021, the professional event on innovation and technology for the energy use of biomass.
For three days, from September 21 to 23, Valladolid will once again host the fair, in an unprecedented edition to support the recovery of commercial activity in the sector in the markets of Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
The companies that make up the association have decided to carry out EXPOBIOMASA 2021 with the aim of promoting the recovery of commercial activity in one of the essential sectors that has continued to work during the pandemic. The decision has been taken after holding conversations with the leading associated companies in the sector and seeing how the epidemiological situation improves and the vaccination plans are fulfilled when there are still more than 6 months left for the celebration.
Javier Díaz, President of Avebiom: “At the end of September we will already enjoy, predictably, greater mobility, both between autonomous communities and between countries, which augurs the arrival of a large number of professional visitors to Expobiomasa. We are prepared to offer you a great edition of our fair with the maximum sanitary guarantees. "
The biomass sector has struggled every day of the last year to keep the hundreds of thousands of automatic renewable heating systems installed in full operation and at full capacity, with particular sensitivity in hospitals, nursing homes or schools. The companies have kept the jobs and contributed with their effort to contribute without fail this stable source of energy of local origin.
The supply of biomass has not been affected at any time by the serious problems of world trade, as it is a source of energy that comes from the sustainable use of Spanish forests. An energy of ours, of all citizens, and managed mainly by public administrations. EXPOBIOMASA 2021 will also be an appointment to recognize this work of professionals in the sector in their commitment to our society.
AVEBIOM and the Castilla y León Fair Institution are already working in a coordinated way so that exhibitors, suppliers and visitors have at their disposal all the necessary sanitary measures to guarantee a safe space for everyone. As in previous editions, the event has the support of the Valladolid City Council, the Junta de Castilla y León and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, through the IDAE.
The sector has gone from “wanting to meet”, to developing a real need to meet clients, suppliers and colleagues with whom to share their concerns, exit strategies from this crisis and their vision for the future, in addition to presenting your new products.
Companies are also looking for "partners" to collaborate on projects in the coming years and successfully face the challenges that come with the entry into force of the Ecodesign regulation, the new Climate Change Law and energy transition policies, or access to NEXT GENERATION recovery funds. All in a framework that announces the definitive replacement of fossil fuels, such as diesel, by renewable energies, such as biomass.
The appointment to promote the commercial reactivation of the facility
As of today, EXPOBIOMASA 2021 already has more than 160 exhibiting firms from 29 countries that have confirmed their participation. The Spanish Biomass Association, as the main employer of the biomass Sector in Spain, is aware that the current limitations have meant that some habitual firms are not yet able to confirm their participation, but the support of the leaders of the Sector is overwhelming. , who do not want to miss this appointment to present to professionals the innovations that have been developed in the last two years, and that are helping them to become the market leaders, breaking sales records with their technology.
EXPOBIOMASA is undoubtedly the main showcase for industrial and domestic renewable heating, pellet stoves and wood-burning fireplaces, pellet manufacturing and chip processing for professionals in the sector.
Likewise, the penetration of biomass in the industry is at a great moment, with facilities in all sectors, from agri-food and livestock, to others as disparate as the automobile or the production of CO2 and Hydrogen.
Digital access to the fair
EXPOBIOMASA will provide direct digital access to those professionals who cannot attend the fair in person. In this way, they will have the opportunity to discover all the news in the sector and connect virtually with exhibitors to see their innovations first-hand.
This access will be agile and simple for everyone and will allow professionals who cannot attend to interact with each other also during the days after the event.
Success stories, technology and trends for the coming years
Two other key events will be held in parallel to the fair: the fourteenth edition of the International Bioenergy Congress and the first edition of the Renewable Gas Show.
El International Congress of Bioenergy It is the main event worldwide in Spanish that, after the 2020 edition was canceled, returns with an important virtual component in order to reach thousands of professionals from all over the world.
It will have speakers and specialists who will contribute the strategies, technology and success stories that they have managed to implement, reinventing themselves in the face of the difficulties of this last very atypical year.
The first edition of First Renewable Gas Fair, organized jointly by the Spanish Biogas Association and the Spanish Biomass Association, will promote business opportunities among participating companies in Spain, Portugal and Latin America and will also disseminate the advantages of developing biogas as a renewable energy source to society .
At the end of 2020, 14.329 industrial biomass boilers - those with a power greater than 50 kW - were operating in Spain, providing thermal energy to neighboring communities, public buildings, industries, commercial complexes and heat networks. In total, 925 new installations compared to 2019.
The total installed power of industrial biomass equipment stood at 7.502 MW, which is 402 MW more than the previous year. This power guaranteed the production of an amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 1.536 million liters of diesel. The use of biofuels such as pellets, wood chips, shells or olive pit from the local economy avoided the import of fossil fuels and emissions that affect climate change equivalent to withdraw 2,6 million cars from circulation.
Turnover in the industrial thermal generation with biomass sector in 2020 increased by 6,1% compared to the previous year and reached 599 million euros. The biomass value chain linked to this sector created 262 new jobs, reaching 4.989 direct workers.
400.000 independent homes are heated with biomass stoves or boilers according to data from the AVEBIOM Biomass Observatory in 2020.
The year of the pandemic, the year of staying home first and taking refuge in second homes later, has broken records for the manufacture and installation of biomass stoves and boilers in recent months. Only the stoppage of commercial and installation activity during the second quarter of the year has prevented sales from previous years from being exceeded in 2020.
The most remarkable thing is that, despite the situation, the sector has demonstrated its ability to provide a sustained and smooth service to hundreds of thousands of families, companies, public services of all kinds and, especially, to more than 900 facilities that, according to data from the AVEBIOM Biomass Observatory, provide heating and DHW to health centers, hospitals, and geriatric residences throughout Spain.
Impressive rate of installation of stoves and boilers in the residential sector
Installers, distributors and manufacturers of biomass equipment worked tirelessly during the second half of the year. This intensity has more than compensated for the total suspension of activity that occurred during the spring, so that the economic movement of the sector has only decreased by 3,4% compared to 2019 and has generated a business volume of 344 millones de eurosThis figure also includes the supply of pellets and the maintenance of equipment.
In 2020, 49.589 biomass stoves and boilers of up to 50 kW of power were installed. With this contribution, the national park of heating equipment powered by solid biofuels stands at 403.618 units. Of these, 98% are located in independent dwellings.
The trend is very positive, although in absolute numbers we are still far from neighboring countries, such as France, which has 1,2 million biomass stoves and boilers in operation, or Italy with 2,2 million. The French and Italian public administrations have been promoting for years the change of the energy model towards renewable energies in home heating systems.
All biomass heating equipment in the residential sector consumed last year in our country around 505.000 tons of pellets and other biofuels of natural and renewable origin such as olive pit, from the olive oil industry, wood chips wood or nut shells.
A relevant fact is that the pellets consumed during 2020 to heat homes avoided the equivalent consumption of 254 million liters of heating oil, 29 million liters more replaced compared to the previous year, and with it Emissions equivalent to taking 450.000 cars off the road were also avoided.
As of January 1, 2022, neither the sale to the end consumer nor the installation of wood or pellet stoves and insertable hearths that do not comply with REGULATION (EU) 2015/1185 on ecological design or ECODESIGN will be allowed.
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Government of Spain has published on its website a clarification on application of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015-1185 that affects local solid fuel heating appliances, which are basically all stoves and homes with a power equal to or less than 50kW.
These clarifications on the application of REGULATION (EU) 2015/1185 OF THE COMMISSION of April 24, 2015 by which Directive 2009/125 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council is applied in relation to the ecological design requirements applicable to solid fuel local space heaters are:
- Regarding marketing and commissioning.
Article 3. Ecodesign and calendar requirements. Solid fuel local space heaters shall meet the requirements eco-friendly design established in Annex II as of January 1, 2022.
Article 8 Transitory provisions. The regulation published in 2015 allows until January 1, 2022, the commercialization and entry into service of local solid fuel heating appliances that comply with current national regulations. Therefore it is interpreted that As of January 1, 2022, neither the sale to the final consumer (commercialization) nor the installation of devices (entry into service) that do not comply with REGULATION (EU) 2015/1185 will be allowed..
- Regarding the exception contemplated in section e) of Article 1 section 2 for products for heating the air:
It is understood that wood or pellet stoves and fireplaces are solid fuel local heating devices, as established in Article 2, paragraph 1) on definitions and they are not products to heat the air as defined in Article 2 paragraph 8.
El The price of heating oil has increased by 17% since last January. The price of diesel suffers significant drops and rises from time to time. Since the decline at the beginning of the pandemic, it has already recovered and risen by 57% in one year, and this rise is causing an increase in confidence in the installation of new biomass heating equipment.
Installers are promoting biomass heating more and more because their clients, the final consumers, value very positively that the price of biomass is always similar, that they are not obliged to be aware of crises or international markets in the face of increases in the cost of diesel to be able to stockpile.
In absolute values, a liter of heating oil cost 0,46 euros per liter in May last year, this year it is at 0,70 €, and two years ago it was at € 0,81 per liter of heating oil, showing tremendously speculative price changes in a few months. In recent years, the price of heating oil has been above one euro on several occasions and several times below half a euro.
However, for more than 10 years the price of pellets in Spain has been analyzed, the price of two kilograms of pellets, which is the energy equivalent of one liter of diesel, has ranged between 0,45€ y 0,50€.
Pellets are the most economical heating option for consumers
Families and companies that consume natural gas for heating also do not have it very well, even before the rise in prices of fossil fuels, in the month of December last year, a family that uses pellets saved 50% compared to a family using gas. The reason is that, according to Eurostat, the final price paid by Spanish consumers of natural gas in December last year, including taxes and fixed costs, was 11,8 euro cents per kWh. A very high real cost and at a clear disadvantage compared to the 5,42 euro cents that a final consumer pays per kWh for the pellet delivered to home.
La Spanish Association of Biomass (Avebiom), the organizing entity of EXPOBIOMASA, has been trying to normalize and unify the use of olive pit for years. With this purpose in 2018, it brought together representatives of Agro-food Cooperatives, which brings together 98 percent of cooperative oil mills in Spain; the Spanish Federation of Industrial Olive Oil Manufacturers (Infaoliva), which groups 80 percent of industrial oil mills; and the National Association of Olive Pomace Oil Companies (Aneo), which represents the 45 pomace extractors operating in Spain, to change the way of seeing the situation and of acting in some administrations.
Although the olive stone did not appear explicitly among the materials excluded from the scope of application of Law 22/2011, of July 28, on waste and contaminated soils, this issue had generated inquiries and doubts from individuals for years, companies and administrations. Now, thanks to a interpretative note of the General Subdirectorate of Circular Economy It is clear that the olive pit obtained by mechanical means is excluded from needing to be handled by an authorized waste manager in any autonomous community, which facilitates its use in power generation facilities both on an industrial and domestic scale.
The members of the Working Group of By-products and End of Waste Condition dependent on the Ministry for the Energy Transition and the Demographic Challenge to evaluate this issue have recently concluded that it is within the exception of article 2.1 e) of Law 22/2011, of July 28, that natural and non-dangerous material that comes from agriculture or forestry, as well as that obtained from the agri-food industries as long as it has only been subjected to exclusively mechanical processing that does not alter its composition, and provided that is intended for use in the production of energy from biomass, using methods that do not endanger human health or damage the environment.
It is a wood and pellet stove with natural convection and therefore extremely silent. The stone roof and painted steel side walls stand out in its design.
Equipped with hermetic technology, it can be 6 or 10kW of power, and it is prepared for the installation of a ventilation and ducting system that can heat several rooms. The LCD screen can be controlled with a remote control, a control panel, or from a smartphone.
Unique combustion system
In biomass equipment of Diella the burner is fed from below, by flowering, through two stainless steel screws controlled by a microprocessor. Thus, thanks to the forced entry of the fuel, a constant and uniform combustion is caused over time, without disturbing the stability of the flame. This patented system allows the combustion of pellets and other biomass such as olive stones. In this system, the pellets are preheated before being placed in the burner, favoring optimal and complete combustion.
Dielle presents its innovations at Expobiomasa
The Forestalia biomass power generation plant, located in Cubillos del Sil, has made a positive assessment of its start-up. In its first year of operation, it has generated 225.000 MWh, the electricity consumed by 56.250 households.
During this year of operation, the company Acciona has been in charge of hiring personnel and have selected 50 employees for plant work, to which we must add, others 300 jobs generated in agroforestry work that have to do with the supply of biomass.
The plant has needed to consume about 350.000 tons of biomass this year. Biomass comes from an area that is particularly affected each summer by forest fires, where in a radius of 150 km there is an annual availability 10 times greater than the needs of the plant, which facilitates the supply of up to 50 trucks of biomass per day that reach the plant and considerably reducing the risk of forest fire in the area.
Forestalia also owns the firms ARAPELLET and RIBPELLET that are present in EXPOBIOMASA.
A 1 MW biomass boiler and the remotorization of the trigeneration plant are the main improvements to the high energy efficiency system of the Parc Bit business park in Palma. The investment by the Sampol Group has been almost three million euros.
The improvements made represent a significant leap in efficiency and a reduction in NOx emissions to the atmosphere of 1.250 mg / Nm3, going from 1.500 to 250 mg / Nm3, and a reduction of 30% in CO2 emissions.
El District Heating with 15 km of pipeline The underground provides customer water and cold water for air conditioning to 25 buildings through 50 substations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is a good example of hybridization of cogeneration with renewables.
To supply the hot water, a biomass boiler model BioFire 1000 from the Austrian firm has been installed Heart, which consumes 1.200 tonnes per year of G50 wood chips from sustainable forest management.
Nestlé Spain is counting on the collaboration of the energy services company Bioenergy Ibérica for the start-up of a biomass boiler in its chocolate factory located in La Penilla de Cayón (Cantabria) that will come into operation in the first half of 2022.
The new biomass boiler will use the cocoa husk resulting from the roasting process as a raw material for obtaining steam. In this way and due to its high calorific value, the cocoa husk will be valued energetically as a biofuel. As a result, the circular economy will be boosted within the factory, as this steam will be used again in the cocoa roasting process.
The boiler will generate about 12.500 tons of steam per year, which will be 10% of the required steam. In addition, the use of biomass as a renewable energy source will reduce the CO2.500 emissions produced annually in the factory by almost 2 tons.
Installed in 1905, the Nestlé factory in La Penilla de Cayón was the company's first in Spain, and today it is a production center with an average workforce of 900 workers, which as of 2022, foresees that practically all of the energy produced is highly efficient. It will also be considered "Zero waste to landfill", by minimizing their generation and promoting their reuse, recycling or recovery.
When buying a good, beautiful and cheap pellet stove, it is proven that it is not too reliable to trust the typical ones pellet stove rankings that we find on the internet. From the Spanish Biomass Association we recommend trusting more in the recommendations that can be made from specialized stores or trusted installers.
When buying a pellet stove, fireplace or boiler
The best option is to buy a high-efficiency and quality equipment to achieve lower consumption and be more respectful with the environment. You can check it in the energy rating label.
And that the installation is carried out by professionals so that the planning and execution are appropriate for each case. A key, for example, to place the smoke outlet pipe according to the regulations.
When maintaining an installation
It is convenient to carry out the maintenance recommended by the manufacturer to guarantee that the equipment works properly and extend its useful life.
And adjust the air and fuel inlet each time maintenance is carried out or the pellet brand is changed.
When using pellets
It is best to trust pellets of certified quality ENplus that guarantee the correct operation of the installation, checking that the seal is in the bag.
When storing the pellets, it should be done in suitable conditions and in a dry environment, avoiding handling the bags more than is necessary.
At your disposal if you have any questions:
Spanish Association of Biomass
email@example.com or on the free phone 983 188 540
Pellets are the most elaborate natural biofuel. They are small cylinders of 6 to 8 millimeters in diameter and 1 to 4 centimeters in length that are obtained by pressing wood sawdust. Thanks to lignin, a natural component of wood that acts as glue, it is possible to form small cylinders without using any additives.
A RENEWABLE ENERGY OF NATURAL ORIGIN
100% of the pellets come from wood that grows in our forests naturally, and contributes directly to reducing the risk of forest fires.
100% of the certified pellet used in Spain comes from forests that are managed in a sustainable way, guaranteeing the growth of new trees in the place of the trees used.
ENERGY GUARANTEED IN THE LONG TERM
Only 15% of the wood that is extracted in our country is converted into pellets and it is the part that cannot be used to make paper, cardboard, furniture, doors, floors, packaging, etc.
Only 35% of the wood that grows each year in our forests is extracted, thus guaranteeing the renewal, persistence and growth of the forests. In the EU with denser forests, 65% of the wood that grows is cut down each year.
USE PELLETS TO FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
The main and greatest cause of Climate Change is the consumption of fossil fuels: natural gas, diesel or coal. Because they emit “captured” Greenhouse Gases into the atmosphere millions of years ago.
If instead of using fossil fuels, we use pellets, the emissions from combustion are considered neutral. The CO2 that is emitted during its combustion is equivalent to that absorbed by the wood that grows in the forests where it comes from.
USING PELLETS GUARANTEES A LIVER RURAL SOCIETY
Because it is a local and own production, using pellets in Spain generates 13 times more employment than using fossil fuels from countries through multinationals.
Using pellets saves a third of the cost in heating on average and its price is much more stable than that of electricity or fossil fuels that depend on international markets and the importation of gas and oil by sea.
The world's leading certification system for high quality wood pellets continues to grow for another year.
ENplus® confirms that in 2020 the total production of certified pellets reached 12,3 million tons and predicts that the quantity for the current year will exceed 14 million tons, as derived from the data provided by the producers to the European Council of the Pellet.
ENplus® has just announced that it exceeds 1.100 active certified pellet producers and distributors in 47 countries around the world.
Where the certification scheme has been most extended recently has been in Poland, Ukraine and Russia; and there is also a growing interest in the system among South American pellet companies.
With more than 3 million tons, Germany remains the largest producer of EN certified pelletsplus® in 2020. Austria remains in second place followed by Russia, while Poland has ranked fourth ahead of France and Spain. All the countries in the "top 6" have increased their certified production compared to the previous year, except France.
In Spain, more than 2020 tons were certified in 450.000, 10,8% more than in 2019. Pablo Rodero, President of the European Pellet Council, indicates that our country "It continues the positive trend in Europe and the rest of the world in the use of pellets certified by the increasing knowledge and environmental commitment of citizens".
Since January 2021, the machinery importer and distributor AGRICULTURAL FARMING obtains energy to heat its offices, workshops and showroom at its Palencia headquarters thanks to a 180 kW ÖKOTHERM boiler that uses straw pellets from its own production as the only fuel.
The company is the distributor in Spain of the straw pellet harvester-processor in the field Awards 5000 by Krone, which makes it possible to obtain the necessary biofuel in a profitable way. This technology can help to solve the problem derived from the accumulation of bales in the field, which could not be put to profitable use until now.
Straw is a fuel with high energy value, although it is difficult to use in most boilers. This is why this boiler has been chosen because it is capable of not creating a lot of slag, even if it contains high amounts of chlorine, ash and silicas.
ÖKOTHERM boilers have a water-cooled combustion chamber and do not incorporate a grill, which guarantees good combustion without loss of performance throughout the life of the boiler, which is usually an average of 15 to 20 years. The firm has been in the market for 25 years and they have been developed especially for straw, miscanthus and other biogenic fuels. Until today they have installed around the world more than 1.500 units with powers between 49 and 3.500 kW.
- Seven million independent homes in the European Union were heated thanks to an individual pellet stove or boiler during 2019.
- In that year, more than 750.000 pieces of equipment were sold and the expectation is that the European biomass technical heating park will continue to increase at a rate of no less than 10% per year.
Biomass is the main source of renewable energy for heating in the European Union, with about 85% of contribution. In addition to large centralized installations capable of supplying thermal energy through distribution networks to entire cities, as in Stockholm or Copenhagen, there is a large market for domestic heating for independent houses.
Pellet stoves and boilers are the most used solid biomass heating equipment in the EU28
Pellet stoves account for 80% of the biomass equipment for domestic heating with a power lower than 50 kW, while the remaining 20% are boilers that supply heat through a radiator system or by underfloor heating.
As estimated from latest statistical report from Bioenergy Europe, in 2019 the EU28 had 7 million domestic solid biomass heating installations, of which 5,6 million were pellet stoves and 1,4 million were pellet boilers.
Biomass heating users in France, Italy and Spain mostly favor pellet stoves, with 93% of installations of this type in single-family homes, compared to 7% for pellet boilers. However, in countries like Germany or Austria, the trend is the opposite and the installation of pellet boilers is prevailing over that of stoves.
Pellet boilers at a good time
In 2019, the installation of new pellet boilers of power below 50 kW for domestic use in the EU28 grew by around 10% compared to the previous year, exceeding 132.000 units sold.
The market is in a good moment, driven by the EU's environmental policies to decarbonise the domestic heating sector and by support for neighboring economies.
Germany leads the EU with more than 287.000 biomass boilers in operation, followed by Italy, Bulgaria and Austria with more than 140.000 boilers each. Germany, Bulgaria, France and Italy are achieving sales exceeding 15.000 units each year.
In Spain, Bioenergy Europe statistics assign a park of more than 20.000 pellet boilers for domestic use in 2019, the year in which 2.500 units were sold.
More pellet stoves in Mediterranean countries
Regarding the installation of pellet stoves, the latest available statistics indicate that in 2019 5,6 million pieces of equipment were operating in the EU. In that year, sales exceeded 621.000 units, with a remarkable positive evolution in the Mediterranean countries.
In first position, Italy with just over two million stoves in operation and leading the sales ranking with 170.000 units; followed by France, which at the end of 2019 had more than a million pellet stoves in operation and sales of more than 157.000 stoves.
According to the Bioenergy Europe report, 320.000 pellet stoves have been installed in Spain and 2019 units were sold in 55.143, one for every 851 Spaniards.