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ABP Food Group is recognized as an industry leader in the United Kingdom when it comes to sustainable practices and environmental initiatives.
The Swedish Bioenergy Association publishes the BioHeat map every year, which shows all heat networks in the country that use biomass as fuel. The 2017 map, published in February this year, shows 511 facilities. 292 of these plants generate more than 10 GWh of heat. The remaining 219 are smaller plants that supply 2-10 GWh. In addition, there are an even smaller number of plants, which are not shown on the map.

The Swedish Bioenergy Association publishes the BioHeat map every year, which shows all heat networks in the country that use biomass As fuel. The 2017 map, published in February of this year, shows 511 facilities. 292 of these plants generate more than 10 GWh of heat. The remaining 219 are smaller plants that supply 2-10 GWh. In addition, there are an even smaller number of plants, which are not shown on the map. Today, almost all cities and towns in Sweden have district heatings to heat apartment buildings, single-family homes and deliver hot water or steam to industries. The district heatings represent 57% of all the energy used for heating buildings and hot water.

Almost all district heatings use biomass as energy sources. Some also use peat, while a couple use straw. Almost all the biomass used comes from wood fuels such as wood chips, bark, sawdust, forest residues, wood pellets, wood debris or short-rotation sowing. The latest 2015 fuel statistics show that 63% of all fuels used for urban heating in Sweden come from biomass, with 13% of municipal waste and peat, and 8% of industrial waste heat, from which a large part comes from forest industries. The use of fossil fuels in urban heating is less than 8% and has continued to decline year after year.

Most of the biomass used is waste and low-value waste products that are obtained locally, creating jobs for farmers, forest owners and local entrepreneurs and transporters. 90% of heating plants are cogeneration plants (heat and electricity) that produce heating for district heating and electricity. Efficiency The energy content of such plants is very high: around 95% of the energy in the fuel ends up as energy and useful heat. Very little energy escapes through the chimney, and with the condensation of the combustion gases, almost all the energy of the combustion gases is recovered. Before the oil crisis in the 1970 decade, all Swedish heating plants used oil. Today, almost no oil is used, and only limited quantities of coal and gas. The change from fossil oil to renewable biomass is almost complete.

See BioHeat map: http://www.europeanbioenergyday.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Bioheat-map-2017.pdf

One of the largest producing factories in the sector works every day for the stabilization of tariffs and ensures the continuity of the supply of Enplus certified quality pellets under the BURPELLET brand.

Eight years ago, the timber company Hijos de Tomás Martín, assumed a great challenge and a business and social commitment, beginning its journey in the biomass sector with the manufacture of Enplus certified quality pellet under the BURPELLET brand. Its location, in the middle of the Burgos forests, and the current social landscape makes this family business advocate day by day for job creation and rural development. Its workforce has increased from 40 workers in 2010 to 100 direct workers in 2019 and with a constant support to the rural society that fights for the future of the environment for the enjoyment of future generations.

The alternative to biomass has penetrated society as a solution to domestic and industrial needs, turning the pellet into a fuel that takes advantage of a local raw material that cannot be relocated and avoid dependence and volatility of fossil fuels. In Spain, the production capacity of domestic pellets installed in 2018 was two million tons, always much higher than the demand and national production of 600.000 tons that year.

In the last year the pellet has become slightly more expensive, after having been going down for many years. Wrongly, the view had been extended that it was due to the shortage of raw material and the saturation of the market. In this regard, the International Domestic Pellet Market Conference has shown that nothing is further from reality. The sector has been affected by administrative and computer changes in public procurement and awards of wood tenders, which have prevented companies from accessing a resource that in our country is underutilized, since currently consumes 35% of the forest resources that our forests generate each year, which are located in 50 millions of cubic meters, and the 65% are still not used for any use. It is expected that in the coming months the situation will stabilize, facilitating access to forests, harmonizing the supply and demand of raw materials.

Burpellet, one of the largest producing factories in the sector, works every day to stabilize tariffs. and ensures continuity of supply, adapting its production to demand and making investments that have allowed it to increase its production capacity. Aware of the strong seasonality of demand, it maintains constant production and has sufficient stock capable of supplying the needs of its customers, avoiding inventory breaks to its distributors and shortages of the final customer.

Source: AVEBIOM, Diario de Burgos.

96.660 cubic meters (the content of 30 Olympic swimming pools) of biomass stored in 40 almost square plots of 21 x 23 meters wide and 5 meters high will supply the Cubillos del Sil plant.
The carbon absorption capacity of our forests and their carbon stock are carefully monitored. Changes in carbon stocks should not be observed in a few years and in only one tree or in individual stands, with a group of forest stands forming the mountains and forests. Carbon accounting should always be from a regional, global scope and not in a single stand or single tree, because this is what the atmosphere "sees."

The carbon absorption capacity of our forests and their carbon stock are carefully monitored. Changes in carbon stocks should not be observed in a few years and in only one tree or in individual stands, with a group of forest stands forming the mountains and forests. Carbon accounting should always be from a regional, global scope and not in a single stand or single tree, because this is what the atmosphere "sees." On a large scale, carbon capacity must be maintained at any time.

Today, lWood pellets are mainly produced from by-products of the wood industry, such as sawmills, and to a lesser extent wood without utility for making paper, cardboard, furniture, floors or packaging from thinning of forest use. This makes perfect environmental and economic sense. In fact, bioenergy is the source of energy that best meets the assumptions of the Circular Economy.

The 100% of the certified pellet used in Spain comes from sustainably managed forests, guaranteeing the growth of new trees instead of the trees used. For foresters and for society as a whole, it is important to reforest and support the natural regeneration of the forest after harvesting, which must be calibrated so that the forest can maintain its carbon absorption capacity in the future. All the pellets come from wood that grows in our forests in a natural way and contributes directly to their sustainable management.

For all this, and because it is doubly guaranteed, The use of pellets does not cause deforestation in Spain, nor puts the carbon stock of our forests at risk. On average, more than 65% of the wood that grows annually in Spanish forests remains in the forest, which increases the carbon stock. And of the 35% of wood that is extracted only, the 10% is converted into pellets.

In recent years, the consumption of pellets increased considerably in Spain, while the amount of wood for energy purposes has been constant. Therefore, its use is not boosting timber extraction from forests, but rather intelligently values ​​the remains of other timber industries. Not only that, but this constant consumption of wood for energy use also responds to the greater efficiency of the equipment, while years ago heating a home with firewood required a lot of quantity today The new pellet equipment is much more efficient and provides more heat with much less wood.

The use of pellets against climate change

In Europe, the consumption of pellets has gone from 4 to 14 million tons in the last 10 years. In this same period, the consumption of domestic pellets in Spain has increased from almost 100.000 annual tons to the 573.000 consumed in 2018. And the forecasts suggest that the million tons will be exceeded in 2022.

Spanish producers guarantee supply and increase manufacturing in an accompanied way. The productive capacity of Spain far exceeds the 593.000 tons manufactured last year, which were sufficient to supply the national market.

Reduced emissions with the use of pellets by replacing fossil fuels such as diesel, is equivalent to reducing emissions from 783.717 tons of CO2, or withdraw from circulation more than 3 millions of diesel cars. And if the forecasts are maintained, in 2022 it will be equivalent to withdrawing millions of diesel cars from the order of 6.

Fuentes: Avebiom y Bioenergyeurope

The use of wood pellets as a source of thermal energy is being imposed as the most sustainable measure in economic, social and environmental terms to combat climate change. Its use encourages rural development, creates jobs and, being profitable, contributes to a sustainable, fair future with our society and the environment.

The use of wood pellets as a source of thermal energy is being imposed as the measure more sustainable in economic, social and environmental terms to fight against climate change. Its use encourages rural development, creates jobs and, being profitable, contributes to a sustainable, fair future with our society and the environment.

The pellets are carbon neutral

The energy use of wood pellets is carbon neutral: the carbon that plants generate with photosynthesis is released with combustion. Fossil energy emissions are completely different: carbon released into the atmosphere has accumulated and stored in the soil for millions of years!

Society already has some tools to fight against climate change, and the main one is reduce fossil fuel consumption On the other hand, they have been generating very high energy dependence for other countries and multinationals for decades.

As the current EU Renewable Energy Directive indicates, emissions for the processing and transport of biomass must be taken into account, as for other fossil fuels. The sustainability criteria in this directive ensure that these emissions are kept to a minimum with strict requirements for saving Greenhouse Gases (GHG). In addition, a good progress in research and technology development to capture and store CO2, preventing them from being emitted into the atmosphere. In any case, the consumption of a biofuel such as wood pellet produced in a nearby environment will be more sustainable than having to import it by boat from third countries thousands of kilometers away.

The same European directive guarantees that, with the environmental sustainability criteria required for all types of bioenergy, It becomes the only form of energy with a guarantee of sustainable supply, regardless of geographical origin. These criteria guarantee biodiversity, soil quality, nature protection, maintain carbon storage in the mount and significant GHG savings compared to fossil fuels.

Fuentes: Avebiom y Bioenergyeurope

Interview with Javier Díaz during the celebration of Expobiomasa 2019. In it he talks about the current panorama of biomass.
The real challenge of the sector lies not only in replacing the polluting boilers of diesel or gas, but also old and inefficient biomass installations with modern facilities. Biomass stoves and boilers are no longer associated with archaic devices for heat, but current technology ensures that high efficiency goes hand in hand with low emissions.

The real challenge of the sector it doesn't just lie in replacing the polluting boilers of diesel or gas, but also old and inefficient biomass facilities with modern facilities. Biomass stoves and boilers are no longer associated with archaic devices for heat, but rather current technology guarantees that high efficiency goes hand in hand with low emissions.

According to the latest published data on an analysis of the French Agency for Environment and Energy (www.ademe.fr) when changing in an apartment an old wood stove for a pellet or a modern one of wood they are obtained considerable performance improvements, and carbon monoxide and particle emissions are greatly reduced. Economically, the performance improvement caused by the change brings a significant savings by greatly reducing the purchase of pellets or firewood to obtain the same amount of heat.

Making the same use by the homeowners, the average data of the study is that the change of a team of 27 years old by A new pellet stove improves performance by 34% and reduces CO emissions by 88%. If the change is for a modern wood-burning stove or fireplace, the performance improves by 16% and the oxygen monoxide emissions are reduced by 57%. The particle reduction in the study is 52% on average.

The seal allows to identify installers of stoves and biomass boilers that professionally execute their work

The Spanish Association of Energy Valuation of Biomass, Avebiom, you have activated the website that manages the Certified Thermal Biomass Installer Seal (iBTc), www.selloibtc.es, which allows biomass installers backed by quality and professionalism to be contacted with users and potential users who want the greatest guarantees of success in the operation of their facilities.

In this way, Avebiom closes the first phase of the implementation process of the iBTc Installer Seal, after its commissioning last May and after they have been incorporated the first certified installation companies.

Through this new website, certified companies have access to all the documentation they should know, from the objectives of the seal, the certification scheme, the Quality Charter, to the technical requirements and rates.

For their part, users can check the data of the certified companies and assess, if they wish, both their facilities and the companies that have intervened in them, recording their satisfaction.

The website also includes a module for request for quotes electronically to potential companies interested in each project. It is a form in four steps, fast, simple and very useful.

Currently, the companies that are already available on the web are: Calordom (Madrid), Gebio (Sevilla) and Calor Erbi (Castilla y León), “Although soon new companies will be incorporated, which are currently in the process of certification,” according to Juan Jesús Ramos, technical manager of the iBTc seal.

A differentiating element in the market

Javier Díaz, president of Avebiom, has highlighted the importance of the fact that “bet on offering the client quality guarantees and control of the facilities and power tell apart in the market at companies that professionally execute their work".

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), of which 27% have operated with biomass equipment, according to estimates of the National Biomass Observatory of Avebiom.