Biofuel sales increase

The consumption of domestic pellets in Spain was close to 600.000 tons in the 2018 year. The Spanish production guarantees the supply and grows in a rhythmic manner. In 2018 reached the figure of 684.000 tons, although the theoretical production capacity of Spanish factories can even triple that figure.

Spanish consumers prioritize fuel quality and reliability. Therefore, the ENPlus certified pellets are consolidated as the reference chosen by consumers.

The Spanish production companies have not missed the train this time: 52 manufacturers and 26 marketers 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 guarantee the quality to customers. The 85% of the pellet manufactured in Spain is certified with the ENPlus seal.

CIMEP will discuss the raw material, the situation of the national and international market and the evolution of the pellet-consuming facilities, topics that will be addressed by experts of international reference.
Drying a ton of water thermally has an energy balance that easily reaches 900 kWh. With the new Saalasti 1803 Press “HIPPO” the same amount is extracted with about 25 kWh, the difference is of the order of 35 times more efficient.
Biomass crusher with only 2 engines of 22 kW each. Crush through shock waves. 80% savings in energy costs.
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Pellet factories The map of Spain, updated every year by AVEBIOM, collects 82 pellet factories, one less than last year. However, the manufacturing capacity increases again and is at least 2.152.800 tons per year. This has been in part thanks to the capacity expansions of 16 plants (by four factories that have reduced their capacity and 6 plants that have not provided their data). On the other hand, 4 plants have ceased their activity and new factories start to operate 3.
It is a technologically advanced and highly automated plant in all processes of wood treatment, for its chipping, grinding, drying and granulation. Arapellet will have a production capacity of 140 thousand tons per year, which will be destined mainly for export. When the total volume of investment in the Errago municipality of Zaragoza is completed, which will exceed 17 million euros, people will work in the 30 plant, and additional 100 jobs will be created dedicated to biomass supply activities.
The 85% of the pellet manufactured in Spain is certified with the quality seal ENplus®, according to the Spanish Association of Energy Valorization of Biomass, Avebiom, which manages this certification since its implementation in 2011. From 2011 to 2018 have been issued in Spain a total of 52 ENplus® certificates with production scope and 26 with commercialization scope, which places Spain among the countries with more certified companies in Europe, along with Germany, Austria and Italy.
The start-up of bioenergy Futerra Torrefaçao e Tecnologia SA revealed that it began the construction of its first pellet production plant on a commercial scale in Valongo, Portugal. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 120.000 tons of roasted pellets and 55.000 tons of industrial wood pellets. According to Henk Hutting, president and co-founder of Futerra Fuels, roasting will play a fundamental role in the future of biomass for power generation.
ENERBIOLOG is an innovative initiative driven by a group of Galician companies to obtain solid biofuels of quality and easy use at minimum economic and energy cost through innovative logistic formats and the application of monitoring and control techniques in real time. The Technological Institute of Galicia, Greenalia, Forestry Biomass and Indutec Engineers are the entities involved.
Serra is one of the towns in the Valencian Community, with a clear vocation to be energy self-sufficient. A few years ago they started a local project to take advantage of bioenergy. They convert gardening, agriculture and forestry residues (mainly from fire prevention works) into biofuel suitable for local uses.
Naturpellet, the pellet producer with EN Plus certification, is expanding its annual production by 50% since June, from the 40.000 tons to the 60.000. The boom in the use of biomass, proximity to raw materials and avoiding rural depopulation have been the reasons to address this expansion. From the company define the pellet as << a fuel absolutely local heating, which pays taxes, and the savings with a biomass installation is more than 50% with respect to diesel >>. More info: