Spain managed to reduce its CO emissions by 6,2%2 in 2019. That is what the Advance of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, published by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge at the beginning of summer, indicated. The final data will be produced throughout this fall, this figure supports the viability of using non-fossil energy sources. And it is that, as the document indicates, the main reason that caused this decrease in the volume of emissions was the reduction of the use of coal for the production of electricity, in the face of a greater popularity of renewable energies.
The decrease in emissions is not caused by a recession in the economy, as they are in charge of emphasizing from the Ministry, since the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country grew 2%.
It is necessary to continue promoting more sustainable forms of energy, which allow economic growth and, at the same time, are respectful with the environment. Energies such as wind, solar or hydraulic are the first that usually appear in the mind of society, but there are other types of renewable energy that most of the population is unaware of, such as biomass or biogas.
Biomass: more sustainable heat and hot water (DHW)
Biomass is increasingly present in our country and the trend is for it to continue growing in the coming years. According to data from the Annual Report of the Biomass Observatory, at the end of 2018 - latest available data - there were 298.400 biomass-fueled heating installations operating in Spain, 53.480 more than the previous year, representing an increase of 22%.
Biogas: a very versatile clean energy source
The use of renewable gases as a source of energy is another example of how to implement circular economy models, since it allows to take advantage of certain waste generated to transform it into fuel. In this way, not only are they able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, but also an economic saving in the energy bill of the industries.
On the basement floor is the biomass boiler, for burning native wood chips, as a central source of energy for the heating system and for the production of domestic hot water. The chips are discharged from the street through two mouths specifically designed to facilitate supply. This warehouse is connected to the boiler through an auger that allows the supply of this natural fuel to be automated.
The FORUS SE2 electric drive universal 250-shaft pre-shredder has just arrived at this plant in Castilla y León, which it is perfectly suited to effortlessly shredding plant debris, demolition wood, branches, stumps, etc.
The different configurations of the crushing unit allow a specific adaptation to any material and output size. In this case, it is a multifunctional crushing unit with a counter comb (interchangeable and hydraulically folding) type A3 to obtain the desired quality and quantity. This shredding unit is insensitive to impurities and its self-cleaning means that the material does not wrap around, avoiding possible kinks. Each axis has its drive and allows the operation of both axes independently in different ways. The connection between the shaft and the drive is by means of a retractable disc coupling that transmits power optimally and freely, thanks to the friction connection. An automatic lubrication system periodically lubricates the labyrinth seals of the crushing unit with grease.
This pre grinder is equipped with a 132 kW electric motor, avoiding unnecessary emissions to the environment, low maintenance and becoming a very silent machine.
The lifting hopper is in charge of feeding and dosing the material inside the crushing unit and the conveyor belt that collects the crushed material achieves a discharge height of up to 3,2 m.
The hydraulically lifting and folding magnetic separator on top of the discharge belt is in charge of cleaning the crushed material of ferric impurities.
El FORUS shredder It is operated by a Siemens controller consisting of various modules. All information is sent to these modules through sensors, switches or signals and the integrated software controls the machine based on these input values. By means of the touch screen the machine is controlled and configured with its various crushing programs and all the relevant information on the machine is displayed. On the other hand, by means of the radio remote control it is possible to comfortably operate the FORUS SE250 from the loader while the machine is being fed.
With a crushing capacity of up to 25 t / h, the FORUS SE250 is an excellent multifunctional and versatile machine that adapts perfectly to any need.
SOLZAIMA begins production this month in its new factory. This investment is the result of the growth that the firm has had over the more than 39 years dedicated to the manufacture of equipment and biomass heating systems
Solzaima's innovative spirit has always been to rely on clean, renewable and cheaper energy. As a reward for all this effort and the unconditional support of our dealer network, Solzaima stands out today as an important company in the production of biomass heating systems.
It annually installs biomass heating systems in more than 20.000 homes. This is a market that has experienced strong growth, a sign that consumers are concerned about having greener and cheaper systems.
The launch of 380 MW in 2025 represents an increase in demand for biomass of forestry and agricultural origin of about 4 million tons. Currently, with about 900 MW operating in Spain, the demand is around 9 million tons of biomass, mainly residues from the oil industry, the wood and paper industry, and other biofuels of forest and agricultural origin.
The Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge has planned call an auction in December for the allocation of economic regime of electricity generation with biomass for 80 megawatts (MW). This is reflected in the five-year calendar included in the ministerial order that will regulate this new auction mechanism and that will begin its public hearing process.
The ministry wants to carry out a 3.100 megawatt auction this year: 1.000 MW will be used for wind power; another 1.000 MW to photovoltaic, and 80 MW to biomass, leaving the rest of power to be assigned without technological restriction.
Subsequently, and every year, between 2021 and 2025, 60MW will be allocated for biomass power generation. In total, a minimum allocation of 380 MW of biomass electricity generation is planned. The auctions that the ministry wants to carry out until 2025, sets a minimum target of 19.440 megawatts, highlighting photovoltaic and wind power as the main recipients of the assignments.
Until November 18, allegations are being presented in order to further adjust the auctions to an efficient energy model, and once the order is approved, each call will be specified by resolution of the Secretary of State for Energy, which will be published in the Official State Gazette and which will detail the rules of application in each auction. This new economic regime of renewable energies It is essential to comply with the decarbonisation commitments that Spain acquired in the Paris Agreement and as a member state of the European Union. These commitments were already included in the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC) 2021-2030, which provides for the installation of around 60.000 renewable MW in the next decade and which includes, among its measures, the development of this type of auctions. For electricity generation with biomass, the PNIEC expects to reach 1.408 MW in 2030, thus favoring a renewable technology that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and favors the natural environment and Spanish rural society in an essential way.
The award ceremony will take place on December 3, Bioenergy Day in Spain.
The Spanish Biomass Association (AVEBIOM) awards the award 'Foster 2020 Bioenergy'' to Christian Rakos, current president of the World Bioenergy Association, in recognition of the solid collaboration that, in a personal capacity, he has maintained with AVEBIOM in the dissemination and development of the solid biomass sector for energy uses in Spain since 16 years.
The jury wanted to recognize the significant support that Christian Rakos has given to the advancement of the bioenergy sector in Spain from each of the positions he has held, first in the Austrian Energy Agency (Österreichische Energieagentur), as president of Propellets Austria and the European Pellet Council (EPC) and, currently, as president of the World Bioenergy Association.
The president of AVEBIOM, Javier Díaz, will deliver the 3th Fomenta la Bioenergía award on December 2020, the date on which Bioenergy Day XNUMX is celebrated in Spain, in a virtual event.
The support of Christian Rakos at the beginning of the Spanish Biomass Association has undoubtedly allowed the organization to reach the place where it is today: bringing together the 150 leading companies and entities in the sector, employing more than 11.000 people and they invoice more than 2.000 million euros a year.
“Christian Rakos has collaborated very actively in the different editions of the International Bioenergy Congress and Expobiomasa, as well as in the arrival of Austrian knowledge and technology to our country; He has even been a perfect host in the numerous visits of businessmen, technicians and public officials that we have organized to Austria ”, highlights Javier Díaz.
Likewise, this award recognizes his enormous work in the launch and expansion of the ENplus® certification, which has contributed so much to give credibility to the pellet sector worldwide for 10 years and which already has more than 1.000 manufacturers and distributors of certified pellets all over the world.
Ten winners since 2010
In previous editions they have received the 'Promotes Bioenergy' award City Council of Tarrasa (2010) Representative (2011), the Energy Agency of Andalusia (2012), the Castilla and leon meeting (2013), the Office of Climate Change of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (2014), the Xunta de Galicia (2015), the public company Nasuvinsa-Navarra of Land and Housing (2016), the University of Valladolid (2017), the Give-Ciemat (2018) and Basque Energy Agency (2019).
Naturpellet faces its crucial period of the year driven by the expansion of its manufacturing capacity that has just concluded. After making an investment of 3,5 million euros, it will go from producing 40.000 tons of pellets to 60.000. The icing on the cake to a growth process developed in phases that began in 2018 with the incorporation of a third granulator and the comprehensive renovation of the material drying area of its facilities in Sanchonuño (Segovia).
Launched in 2015, the firm, which specializes in the manufacture of wood fuels, has a turnover of six million euros a year, has 21 workers and its products are sold in large stores such as Leroy Merlin.
At Naturpellet, the entire design of the manufacturing process is designed to minimize energy consumption. Through the placement of selection screens, the load on the installed mills is reduced and others with lower capacity and consumption are placed. These sustainable practices also extend to the use of a high-efficiency combustion furnace that uses biomass as fuel and also to the use of a trommel drying system, with gas recirculation, which favors the reduction of energy needs and generation of fumes.
Naturpellet is an exhibitor at EXPOBIOMASA, and its pellets also have the ENplus certificate.
The new EP5500 SHARK V biomass crushers, distributed in Spain and Latin America by EUROPA PARTS, have several rotors for different types of products, maximizing their production with each material. In addition to improving accessibility for the operator through its new touch screen, fully integrated with the remote control.
More improvements of this equipment is the increase in diameter and weight of the rotor. The new equipment has a rotor with 20cm more diameter than the previous version and a 30% larger screening grid, increasing production significantly.
Among its new features is the possibility of customer choice of 5 different types of rotors, each focused on a type of work.
- La 1 version, has a 48 hammer rotor, specially designed for shredding urban pruning and agricultural waste. With this rotor model, a reduced size shredding is achieved in materials as complex as eucalyptus leaves and bark, in addition to giving an average performance of 35 tons per hour in other types of pruning that are simpler to crush.
- La 2 version, it has a rotor with 40 hammers, it does not differ much from the previous version, but it minimizes the costs of consumables and shreds the material a little larger. It is designed for composting plants for organic material from MSW and market waste that seek to produce a larger structurant to compensate for the density of the organic material provided.
- La 3 versionIt is the evolution of the emblematic SHARK II, a machine designed with a rotor of 32 hammers weighing 10 kg each, complemented by a reinforced crushing chamber to guarantee its durability in crushing recycled wood, pallets and forest residues.
- La 4 version, is an evolution of the previous model specially designed to work in the forestry world and biomass production. This equipment by using its double hammer allows the crushing of branches and logs contaminated with stones and sand. This version allows the production of high quality biomass in materials that cannot be worked with blades.
- La 5 version, designed for the biomass market, has a rotor blades for the production of high quality chips. It allows the crushing of logs up to 800mm in diameter, although its greatest value is in the production of high-quality wood chips with branches and forest debris. Thanks to its large hopper and 900mm x 1500mm feeding mouth, it allows an effective shredding of forest residues. In addition, this rotor has the possibility of exchanging the blades for fixed hammers, which allows very high yields in the crushing of stumps and industrial wood.
Europa-Parts, J. Willibald's Best Dealer of the Year 2020
The official distributor for Willibald in Spain and Latin America, Europa-Parts, has been declared by the German firm as the best distributor of the year 2020, having supplied 12 new equipment in Spain in addition to a large number of semi-new equipment, supplied through factory.
Europa-Parts exhibits at EXPOBIOMASA - VALLADOLID.
The increase in the installation of new biomass stoves and boilers for residential use, with powers up to 50kW, has been registered in 2019 an increase in business volume of 17,3% compared to the previous year, up to 356 million euros, as reported by the director of Expobiomasa, Jorge Herrero, in reference to the Annual Report of the Biomass Observatory being prepared by the Spanish Association of Biomass -AVEBIOM-.
At the end of 2019, 343.706 biomass stoves and boilers were operating in Spain, installed mainly in independent homes; are 57.659 teams more than the previous year, which represents an increase of 9,8% in the number of units sold.
Jorge Herrero, director of EXPOBIOMASA: "This year, sales aim to break a new record by being the most efficient alternative to heat second homes"
Since the Biomass Observatory began to collect information in 2009, according to Jorge Herrero, “the use of biomass as a source of renewable energy for heating in Spain registers a growing trend, considerably improving sales during the economic crises we have been through; in fact, this year, sales aim to break a new record by being the most efficient alternative for heating second homes ”.
Biomass stoves and boilers for residential use consumed in 2019 around 447.000 tons of pellets y another 350.000 tons of biofuels of natural origin and renewable as the olive stone, from the olive oil industry, and the shells of nuts.
Only the pellets consumed by stoves and boilers for residential use in Spain avoided in 2019 the equivalent consumption of 225 million liters of heating oil and, therefore, avoided harmful emissions equivalent to the circulation of 400.000 vehicles.
Jobs and savings where it is most needed
The biomass used in Spain is of local origin and generates an important economic activity in many areas. In fact, solid biofuels are local products that replace imports of natural gas or diesel, produced in third countries thousands of kilometers away, and generate 13 local jobs for each one generated by heating with natural gas or diesel.
The biomass consumed as biofuel in biomass stoves and boilers comes from waste and by-products, both from the wood industry and the agri-food industry. In 2019, the biomass production chain for the residential sector created 842 new jobs to reach 6.000 direct workers, 16,1% more than the previous year.
The jobs are generated in the manufacture, marketing, installation and maintenance of biomass stoves and boilers, and also, and very intensively, in the production and marketing of biofuels. These jobs represent a very important contribution to the revitalization of economic activity in rural society.
With a sales volume of 24.000 tons of biomass per year, ESE Salamanca provides sustainable and comfortable heating to 90.000 users.
Bioenergy Barbero is committed to digitization in the maintenance of centralized heating and hot water systems powered by biomass, a constant commitment to innovation.
The company specializing in the change from coal to biomass boilers in neighboring communities has innovative remote management systems that facilitate remote control of the facilities.
It offers its clients a single interlocutor to simplify their tasks and be able to have the maximum comfort and performance of the installation, taking responsibility for both the management and the execution of comprehensive maintenance services for equipment and facilities.
Bioenergy Barbero participate in EXPOBIOMASA
The cold arrives and we are at home longer, so it is important to keep the rooms warm, better than gas or oil boilers are pellet stoves and fireplaces, both for the first and second homes. Much more comfortable, attractive and easy to install are the pellet equipment.
"It is a way to use biomass and natural resources in a more efficient, clean and comfortable way", is the recommendation of José Barragán, in charge of Bricomart Salamanca, where they offer two brands of pellets, both of ENplus quality at the best price, with discounts of 5% if the entire pallet is purchased. They guarantee a supply of pellets throughout the year ”, Barragán points out.