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The consumption of domestic pellets in Spain has gone from 150.000 tons per year in 2011, to 490.000 tons last year, and it is estimated that we will exceed 1.150.000 tons of pellets in the 2020 year.

The Spanish production guarantees the supply and grows in a rhythmic manner. The productive capacity of Spain already exceeds one million tons per year although we only manufacture around 480.000 tons, of which some 100.000 tons are exported to France and Italy, and we import 110.000 tons of Portuguese pellets to cover the national demand.

The ENPlus pellet certification is consolidated as a reference for consumers. The expectations of AEBIOM speak of a European domestic pellet market that will double by 2020, passing from 10 to 20 million tons consumed.

The Spanish production companies have not lost the train this time: 47 manufacturers have achieved the certificate that works daily to maintain the quality parameters of the ENplus pellet, and we are increasing the levels of control and inspection in order to ensure quality to consumers .

According to the latest statistics from the Natural Resources Institute of Finland, a total of 385.000 tons of wood pellets were produced in Finland in 2018, almost one fifth more than in the previous year, and the highest production in history. Also at 2018, imports set a record with a total of 95.000 tons of wood pellets imported into Finland. They increased an 10 percent and were mostly imported from Russia. A total of 43.000 tons were also exported, mainly to Denmark and Sweden.
The 2019 year started well for the Austrians, because since January's 1, diesel heating in new buildings in Lower Austria is forbidden, and will be even better. Vienna continues with this trend at the end of March and goes a step further: diesel heating systems are also prohibited for major reforms. On a national level, diesel oil heaters will be banned throughout Austria from 2020. The next step is expected to be to prohibit the installation of gas heaters.
In most Mediterranean countries there is an important market for solid biofuels for heating applications in the residential sector. In these countries, in addition to pellets and wood chips, other solid fuels derived from the typical Mediterranean biomass are used.
Richard Weissend, the president of Heineken in Spain, announced that his La Imora plant in Jaén will use olive pruning as fuel.
From Canal Extremadura they have made a report in which they show us the process of cracking quality slivers to be used as biofuel. Watch video
On Tuesday, 27, in the CEDER-CIEMAT (Lubia, Soria), an informative day and training workshop is held to present the main results of the Biomasud Plus project.
Jorge Morales de Labra in the SEXTA clarifies in this video how much the heating cost has risen this year according to the type of fuel used. The biomass comes out very well stop ... Watch video
The main solid biofuels, obtained from biomass, are pellets, wood chips and olive stones. They are also other biofuels-less abundant-like the husks of nuts; or less homogenous and technified, such as firewood. But all of them, equally important.
The energy generated with wood chips and pellets, olive stone and other biomass allows to stop importing to Spaniards the equivalent of more than 1,2 million tons of oil (about 10 million barrels of oil). In addition, it reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases caused by the use of fossil fuels such as diesel or natural gas.
How much electricity do pellet stoves consume? There are stoves that do not consume electricity and even generate the electricity necessary for small external devices such as mobiles. Within the components of a pellet stove there are usually several electronic elements: fans, ignition system, burner supply or combustion control, which help in a decisive way to make it as efficient as possible. They also make its use easier and more comfortable.
To make a quick personal calculation: how the savings are in the fuel is proportional to the meters of the house. Jesus lives in Valladolid with his wife and two children. It has a house of 100m² well isolated. Each year consumes 16.000 kWh of energy for heating, similar to what they consume in any city in central Spain. Jesus analyzed what costs as a consumer (with taxes) heating and hot water each year with different types of energy.
Biomass heating generates savings of up to 66% compared to diesel. Of the 1.340 euros on average that are spent annually in each home in Castilla y León to meet the general costs of energy, the 47% is destined to produce heat; one 19%, to sanitary hot water; and the rest, to electricity.