Society increasingly demands personalized, economic and sustainable services and products. Digitization, automation, advanced materials, connectivity ... are terms that the 4.0 industry adopts to satisfy its customer. The manufacturers of stoves, fireplaces and boilers are getting involved in present more efficient and intelligent solutions, aimed at a new more conscious consumption of the use of energy and interested in participating in its management in real time.
The forecasts of the sector at European level point to a sustained growth in number of facilities in the next few years, while providing for the improvement in energy efficiency of all the equipment, adapting to new directives, such as Ecodesign or Emissions, in order to generate more and more energy with the same amount of biomass and guaranteeing supply security in the face of the inevitable depletion of fossil resources.
Expobiomasa is, without a doubt, the perfect showcase for technology, innovation and innovation, proof of this is our commitment to the promotion of the firms and the delivery of more than 80.000 euros over these years, to the winning candidates of the Innovation Award for their involvement in the continuous improvement in the sector and the adaptation to the new demands of consumers.
SCHOTT ROBAX® invites you to take a look at the future at Expobiomasa, the fair held in Valladolid from the 24 to the 26 in September of 2019. The German firm has 15.500 employees in 34 countries and comes to Expobiomasa (pavilion 4 / stand 465) to "captivate" visitors with the latest developments related to their special glasses and glass-ceramics.
The serial production of ROBAX® glass-ceramic panels began 40 years ago and since then more than 100 million units have been sold. Expobiomasa visitors will be able to experiment at the SCHOTT ROBAX® stand with the innovations that have made the brand famous, and will continue to do so in the future.
For creative minds: ROBAX® IR Max. A glass-ceramic thermo-reflective panel with a wide range of screen printing combining with all the available decorative colors. This also includes three designs with metallic effect that can combine two colors of serigraphy each. The glass-ceramic panel with coating reflects up to seven times more thermal radiation to the combustion chamber than the uncoated glass-ceramic panels. This is valid for infrared (IR) radiation in the wavelength spectrum between 800 and 8000 nanometers.
ROBAX® Magic interior liners with Signature Impressions allows fireplace manufacturers to create completely new flame designs and effects; a new collection of colors and surface color designs that create new visual effects. The flames seem larger and the combustion chamber deeper. Unlike other materials for interior lining do not suffer any discoloration. The panels offer excellent reflection and have a modern look. At Expobiomasa you can see several design examples that offer customers a wide range of possible combinations.
"In addition we have prepared a surprise for the restless and curious designers of chimneys in our stand. Visitors will have the opportunity to witness on site and exclusively the prototype of a global innovation, "says Stefan Hergott, Head of Sales and Marketing at SCHOTT ROBAX®. The outdoor fireplaces that are so fashionable will also have their space at the SCHOTT stand: you can see the Fuora K fireplace from the Spartherm house. This fireplace is based on the winning design of the ROBAX® 2017 Design Award and consists of two ROBAX® Dom panels, curved round, which offer an excellent view of the fire and allow greater enjoyment of the flames.
More information https://www.schott.com/robax/english/index.html
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 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: 35% of domestic heating systems already work with biomass.
La substitution of old installations of diesel and other fossil fuels by modern biomass boilers has achieved reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a 43% in 10 years (2005-2015) in the residential sector.
Egger trusts in the "stick and carrot" technique: bans on diesel boilers (stick) and aids, both to the replacement of boilers and to innovation.
Gas oil heating systems will be prohibited in Austria from 2020.
The next step will be to prohibit the installation of gas heaters. For the moment, since the January 1 2019, diesel heating in new buildings in Lower Austria is prohibited. Vienna implemented the measure at the end of March, going a step further by prohibiting the use of diesel in the renovation of large buildings.
Austria waits replace 600.000 diesel heating systems in the next years. In this way, it would achieve a double economic objective: reduce penalties for non-compliance with its climate objectives and reduce imports of fossil fuels.
Advantage Austria coordinates the participation of the leading companies in the biomass sector in Austria: Herz, Okofen, Rika, Solarfocus, Hargassner, Windhager, Hass + Sohn, Kohlbach, Austrian Email and ETA.
MDesign is a European firm of design devices for wood and gas combustion. It is characterized by having products of high quality in finish, design and operation. Wood fireplaces with electronic control and connected to the internet, which can be controlled through the mobile. It also has models (Diamond Plus, True Vision), high design and allowing a complete view of the fire.
Sebastià Bosch, administrator of Bosch Marín, company founded in 1985, has 22 employees and represents to several of the most important European companies in the sector like MDesign and MCZ among others, exposes us its advantages in the EXPOBIOMASA fair.
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Currently, emissions are one of the fundamental challenges of the pellet sector. Within the framework of the World Sustainable Energy Days conference, which was held in the Austrian town of Wels from the 27 from February to the 1 of March of 2019, Several companies showed their solutions and advanced strategies.
Stefan Ortner, of ÖkoFEN, has presented the efficient Smart models, condensation equipment and hybridization of biomass with other renewable energies.
Among the most surprising current technologies is a Windhager gasification boiler for the domestic sphere that, using "bad" biomass, generates emissions well below the limits established by current legislation. This boiler was developed within the framework of the Flexifuel CHX European project with partners such as BIOS and CIEMAT.
El BIOFLEX project has obtained good results in terms of emissions in boilers that use pellets manufactured from different raw materials.
In the German Center for Biomass Research (DBFZ), where tests are carried out with pellets of 4 mm in "ultra small" boilers, adapted to the new concepts of buildings with almost zero energy consumption and an exhaustive control of emissions.
Marco Palazzetti recommends against the need to reduce emissions, always keep in mind the "4B" rule: Good fuel, Good stove or boiler, Good installation and maintenance and Good practices.
The current situation indicates to the sector that it is necessary to control the way in which emission inventories are carried out, since sometimes it relies on erroneous calculations. As an example, it happened in Holland where it was believed that the particle emissions came from an 40% of the biomass and then, after reviewing factors and calculations, the contribution was reduced to 8%.
The John Deere woodcutter model 643 that serves to cut and accumulate trees in such a way that later it is easier and more efficient to transport it by autoloader or trawler.
The 1910 G John Deere autoloader with a Press Collector complement, a press that compacts wood in such a way that more wood can be transported for biomass. This machine has a very powerful motor 272cv, which meets EU emissions requirements, relatively low consumption and also incorporates a crane and a compactor press this autoloader is a good ally for obtaining forest biomass.
The John Deere 1270 G processor has a very powerful and state-of-the-art 272 cv engine that allows a very high production capacity. It incorporates crane of 10 meters. It is used for felling in thinnings or final cuttings. Low fuel consumption so your performance is optimized and productivity is increased. Both the forwarders and processors have leveling rotating cabins which provides full visibility which facilitates the task for the operator.
The SG 280 Mecanil staple has a chainsaw incorporated and can be attached to forwarders, so in addition to loading wood, this wood can also be manipulated. A very useful accessory because it allows to cut very long trees, manipulate them and cut them according to the needs.
The Moipu300 a multitailer head that allows to cut the wood to measure with cut by shear, a system that requires little maintenance and very clean, because it does not use oils. Ideal for coupling in processors and forwarders.
In the DCM multitailer head has a continuous cutting disk system for diameters up to 28 cm, perfect for coupling in excavators, loaders given its simplicity and effectiveness.
John García, Technical Manager of Guifor shows us the new developments in machinery for forest biomass presented during Expobiomasa 2017, which will be in the next edition of Expobiomasa.
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The only "but" to the good march of the market of the pellets, analyzed in the conference World Sustainable Energy Days, have been the stock tensions that, although it has not come to suffer any break, has been something right in this season.
Some countries are trying to improve this aspect. For example, Switzerland, where it has started to monitor stocks; or Austria, where a legislative route has been opened to demand a strategic pellet reserve to the supplier companies.
In any case, the market evolves very fast and can change radically in a matter of a few months. For example, due to the high temperatures and the consequent decrease in consumption, markets such as the Italian have changed their trend and their stocks are filling up.
The production capacity of pellets in 2018 in Spain is 2,15 million tons according to the data of the solid biofuels map published by AVEBIOM.
En general, the markets have conveyed good feelings, very different from the concerns that marked the meetings World Sustainable Energy Days two and three years ago.
According to Gilles Gauthier, general director of the European Council of the Pellet (EPC), markets like the French are gathering the perfect conditions to develop renewable energies, and in particular biomass, thanks to the implementation of the CO rate2 and replacement plans for obsolete diesel boilers.
The stove market regains momentum thanks to the recovery of the Italian market, which already installs 175.000 units a year (still far from the more than 200.000 of years ago) and the great trend of the French market, with 150.000 stoves installed per year.
In Spain the stove market is going well, approaching the 50.000 stoves installed per year.
The almost 300.000 heating installations with technified biomass in Spain prevented the emission of 4.157.319 tons of CO2 that negatively affect Climate Change. These are the emissions from the substitution of the use of fossil fuels, such as diesel and natural gas, for a Renewable Energy such as biomass, whose emissions are neutral in terms of the emission of greenhouse gases. They are 2018 data published in www.observatoriobiomasa.es coinciding with the celebration of World Environment Day.
The total number of tons of CO2 is equivalent to the theoretical withdrawal of circulation from around 2,8 million cars, approximately 12% of those circulating in Spain at the end of 2018.
This new sector generated a business in 2018 870 millones de euros, almost an 2% more than the previous year, and employs 9.600 people, an 11% more. In addition, it has allowed to avoid the import of an equivalent to 1.570 million liters of diesel.
On the occasion of the ten years of activity of the Biomass Observatory, Avebiom will present a report on the evolution of the sector and its contribution to the fight against the emission of greenhouse gases from the use of fossil fuels, such as diesel or natural gas, which negatively affect climate change. The presentation will be made within the framework of Expobiomasa 2019.
During the September fair, in Valladolid, the latest innovations, solutions and strategies will be presented to the emissions in the sector: new wood fireplaces, pellet stoves and biomass boilers using the regulations ECODESING they more than meet with emissions well below the limits established by the legislation in force and the one foreseen; teams of condensation e hybridizations of biomass with other renewable energies, microcogeneración, including biomass stoves and boilers adapted to the new concepts of buildings with almost zero energy consumption with an exhaustive emission control and a highly efficient energy consumption.