Make the most of the mountain biomass

La technification of forestry work is key to be efficient in the biomass energy sector, a relatively new sector that grows steadily. The demand for wood in Europe will grow in the next decades by 40%, and Spain has a long way to go.

The consumption of biomass to generate heat in an automated way has been multiplied by 4,4 in the last 10 years. Only the manufacture of pellets in 2018 needed three million cubic meters of pinewood in Spain and its forecast is that manufacturing will be multiplied by two in 2022.

The use of biomass for electricity generation foresees an important leap with the implementation of 200MW in the coming months. Government plans provide multiply by three the current installed power, something that would be key to profitable forest exploitation.

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
ASTIGAL, from the FORESGA group, manages a Biomass Treatment Center specialized in the production of quality chips for its energy use in heat production, in Trasmiras (Orense). They have screens, recasting process and warehouses to supply splinter G-50 and G-30.
Open until the 27 of May to request aid in Galicia for the acquisition of forestry machinery: processors, forwarders, chippers, balers, wood splitters, ... The maximum subsidized on this occasion is 150.000 €, which is the 40% on a maximum investment of 375.000 €.
The Forestry Action Plan presented this month by MAPAMA gathers a good part of the demands of the sector to put in value a natural and economic heritage that few countries can boast. Claimed by the Juntos por los Bosques Platform, to which AVEBIOM belongs, it also gathers the concerns of the environmental associations and the Autonomous Communities. This will include a Renove Plan to improve the competitiveness of the entities in charge of forest management and will be endowed with 2 million euros.
7.463 tons of biomass will be extracted, improving the health of these wooded areas and reducing the risks and impacts of possible fires of the public forests "Umbria of Sierra Espuña" and "Sierra de Pedro Ponce", located in the municipality of Mula, as part of the Forestry Plan of the Region of Murcia where the Community develops fire prevention works using biomass.
The Association of Forestais Fire Fighters of Galicia ensures that the Xunta must change its strategy to face a new typology of large forest fires, which collapse the extinction and emergency systems, giving priority and making preventive measures that reduce the risks for the civilian population and minimize the losses caused by fires, fighting them with an effective forest management and creating a greater resistance of the forest to the severity of fires.
Many scientific experts have studied the global carbon cycle in the last thirty years or more, and have reached a high level of consensus: using low value forest products for bioenergy use will not create any "carbon deficit" and will improve the reserves of forest carbon. Bioenergetic resources
The town of Camp de Túria shows in Brussels the virtues of its sustainable forest management plan. Once consolidated in the municipality, Serra City Council has taken its sustainable forest management project through biomass to the European Parliament. Its mayor, Alicia Tusón, went to Brussels before the highest European authorities to show in person the virtues of this project that Serra started six years ago and that aims to become an example for other localities that want to improve their forest and energy management.
Free Technical Conference "Technologies of brush threshing and harvesting for energy purposes Results and applications" In the technical conference will be presented the results of the more than 600 hours of clearing and simultaneous harvesting of scrub, carried out, during the development of the Life + ENERBIOSCRUB project, with two innovative teams that clear it and harvest it in two different ways.
The clearing of scrub and cleaning of mountains can generate very abundant biomass resources, according to the Enerbioscrub project
Biomasa-AP, a cross-border cooperation project that aims to optimize the use of agroforestry biomass with high energy and economic potential in Galicia and Northern Portugal, specifically the biomass from pruning remains, shrubs, vines and kiwi. Biomass-AP is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal Program (POCTEP) 2014 - 2020.
In the framework of Expobiomasa from COSE, ASEMFO and AVEBIOM we organized a DEBATE on the trade of forest biomass in which the main managers and responsible for purchases of biomass of the leading companies in the sector (bioelectric, exporters, ESEs, pellet manufacturers, ... ). It is aimed at owners, forestry auctioneers, sawmill and recycling industries, who are eager to know the opinion on current market expectations and medium-term demand from the hand of some of the most active buyers of forest biomass in Spain