The fourteenth edition of Expobiomasa ends in an atmosphere of renewed optimism shared by the exhibitors and the 9.596 visitors who have attended the event organized by the Spanish Biomass Association (AVEBIOM), from May 9 to 11 at the Valladolid Fair.

The fourteenth edition of Expobiomasa ends in an atmosphere of renewed optimism shared by the exhibitors and the 9.596 visitors who have attended the event organized by the Spanish Biomass Association (AVEBIOM), from May 9 to 11 at the Valladolid Fair.

Javier Diaz, president of AVEBIOM, points out that “The profile of the visitor to Expobiomasa is increasingly specialized, more professional; something that the exhibitors appreciate because it makes it easier for the contacts at the fair to materialize in the form of profitable operations”.

Forest biomass suppliers and promoters of projects to generate thermal energy on an industrial scale have established their first agreements at the fair in these three days and, in the domestic heating sector, confidence has reigned in the recovery, already begun, of sales of stoves and boilers thanks to the gradual return to affordable prices for solid biofuels for consumers.

Good prospects for the pellet market and for heating networks

As a finale to three days of activity, the conference room once again reached capacity in its last two sessions, dedicated to two topics of great importance for the sector: the pellet market in Spain and Europe and the situation of heat networks with biomass in our country.

Manolis Karampinis, responsible for business development at Bioenergy Europe, highlighted that last year bioenergy, including pellets, was the most competitive form of energy in Europe, and also in Spain, despite the increase in production costs that shook the sector and pushed up consumer prices. “We have learned from our mistakes”, has exposed, “And for the next heating season we don't expect prices to rise as sharply as in 2022, as supply chains are getting organized earlier and better.”

The representatives of the most important associations in the country related to biomass -AVEBIOM, APROPELLETS, AEFECC, Bioenergy Cluster of Catalonia y Galician Biomass Cluster- have agreed with Karampinis' analysis and foresee a more balanced campaign between supply and demand in Spain for the coming season, due to easier access to raw material than the previous year and due to the stocks in the hands of users and distributors.

They also harbor the hope that the reduced VAT will be maintained for pellets and convey the need to extend its application to all solid biofuels (such as olive pits or almond shells) and also to combustion equipment and to the renewable heat supplied by ESCOs and heat networks to citizens and industry.

Biomass is the most competitive renewable energy for district heat networks

Veolia, Engie, REBI, DH Ecoenergías and Somacyl and Valladolid City Hall, builders and promoters of the largest biomass heat networks in the country, have participated in the last session, co-organized by AVEBIOM and ADHAC.

 The speakers made it clear: heating networks with renewable energy, and especially those that use biomass as the main source, are a perfect solution to profitably and efficiently decarbonise cities. But its deployment on a large scale and faster than the current one requires a specific regulatory framework, more information to citizens about the economic and environmental advantages, and a greater number of companies technically trained to tackle projects from start to finish.

ADHAC presented its report on heat networks showing that 8 out of 10 work with renewable energy and that 76% of them use biomass.

Expobiomasa 2023 in figures

9.500 professional visitors, 20% more than in 2021

460 exhibiting firms from 34 countries, dedicated to the manufacture of forestry machinery, solid biofuel and pellet industries, manufacturers, distributors and installers of air conditioning systems, promoters of heat networks, engineering, auxiliary industry, energy service companies and groups investment.

https://www.expobiomasa.com/

The energy that an industry needed for its production processes or a neighborhood community or a hotel to heat its residents in 2022 was 4,6 times more expensive if it was obtained with gas than if wood chips were used.

The energy that an industry needed for its production processes or a neighborhood community or a hotel to heat its residents in 2022 was 4,6 times more expensive if it was obtained with gas than if wood chips were used.

Domestic pellet consumers, for their part, saved 44% compared to gas consumers. These are data from Eurostats and IDAE prepared by the Spanish Association of Biomass for the second semester of 2022 in Spain.

When in the summer of 2022 we saw how the energy crisis was literally running over us, the solid biofuel manufacturing sector -pellets, chips, bone...- set itself two objectives: to ensure the supply of the national market and to maintain price competitiveness against the fossil fuels.

Thus, national manufacturers and distributors controlled the volume of their exports to Central Europe, where the sale prices, despite the higher cost of transport and the consequent emissions, were much higher and the distribution centers were advancing purchases to try to avoid the collapse and an excessive rise in prices in their markets.

The vertiginous increase in the costs of electricity -in August 2022, one of the months with the highest production in pellet factories in Spain, the cost of electricity multiplied by five compared to the previous year- and of wood at source, caused due to a much higher demand than the supply, caused the unusual rise in pellet prices, which the producers tried as far as possible not to pass on in all their magnitude to the consumers.

Now that the waters are beginning to calm down, we see that both objectives have been met: there have been enough pellets and chips for consumers and prices, despite being much higher than the previous year, have continued to maintain an appreciable differential with those of the conventional fossil fuels (electricity, gas and heating oil), confirming that biomass has been, in 2022, the most economical source of energy for heating.

The European Statistical Office, Eurostats, has published the average prices, including taxes and fees, that consumers have actually paid in Spain and in the rest of the countries in 2022 and there we once again verify that biomass is the energy source that most savings generates heating and industrial heat users, sectors that consume close to 40% of the total energy in our country.

Comparing…

If we look at the prices that domestic consumers we have paid for energy, including taxes, fees, caps, etc., we see that electricity has had an average price of 33,50 euro cents per kWh, gas 18,55 cents, diesel 11,34 cents and the pellet 10,38 cents per kWh. In summary: heating with gas is 44% more expensive than heating with pellets, and heating with electric radiators, for example, costs three times as much as heating with pellets.

focusing attention in large consumers such as a community of neighbors, a hotel or an industry, for example, the average price of industrial gas in the second half of 2022 reached 13,68 euro cents per kWh, double that in 2021 and triple that in 2020, compared to the unbeatable price of wood chips, whose average was 2,95 euro cents per kWh during the second half of last year.

Conclusion…

If we look at the price that consumers pay in the end, including fixed costs, tolls, taxes and the final prices set by energy companies when the supply runs out, biomass heating is much cheaper.

 

 

 

The latest statistical report on the wood pellet market in Europe, published by the European bioenergy association, Bioenergy Europe, offers the information necessary to understand its recent evolution, the factors that have influenced consumption and production, and the financial implications. underlying...

The latest statistical report on the wood pellet market in Europe, published by the European bioenergy association, Bioenergy Europe, offers the information necessary to understand its recent evolution, the factors that have influenced consumption and production, and the financial implications. underlying...

Wood pellets are an essential component within the technologies offered by bioenergy. Thanks to their high energy density and their uniformity demonstrated thanks to certifications, they have become a competitive energy source that is also contributing to meeting the climate and energy objectives of the European Union.

Production and consumption of pellets in the EU

In 2023, pellet production in the EU reached 20,7 million tonnes, while consumption amounted to 21,9 million tonnes, reflecting a slight deficit covered by imports from reliable partners such as the United States and Brazil. The EU continues to lead both in global production and consumption of pellets, despite the interruption of imports from Russia due to sanctions imposed in 2022.

The wood pellet market in Europe has shown a remarkable capacity to adapt to disruptions that had not been previously known. While industrial consumption has temporarily decreased due to fluctuating prices, residential and commercial use has remained solid.

Reduces industrial pellet consumption

Total pellet consumption in Europe (EU-27 + UK) decreased for the first time in two decades, going from 32,1 million tonnes in 2022 to 30,1 million tonnes in 2023. This contraction is mainly attributed to volatility in the prices of industrial pellets caused by the energy crisis resulting from the invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Although prices have stabilized, they are still higher than the historical average, affecting the profitability of the use of pellets for electricity production.

Stability in the residential pellet market

In contrast, the pellet market for the residential and service sectors has shown notable stability. In 2023, residential and commercial consumption represented 59% of the total, the highest percentage in a decade. This relative increase is due to a significant decrease in industrial consumption, especially in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, where consumption fell by approximately 900,000 tons.

Winter 2023-2024 was characterized by a marked decrease in heating degree days (a unit used to measure the level of winter severity) with reductions of 10% in Spain, 15% in Belgium and almost 22% in Austria. It is notable to note that this trend of lower heating demand due to milder winters has not negatively impacted residential pellet consumption, which indicates the resilience of the residential market in the face of climate variations.

Quality certification ensures consumer confidence

The quality certification of ENplus® biofuel has been key in the consolidation of the pellet market. This certification scheme ensures quality from the factory to the final consumer, which is beneficial both to users, who obtain an efficient biofuel, which reduces emissions and prolongs the useful life of heating equipment, and to the environment.

Continuing to ensure the sustainability and quality of the product is vital for the pellet market to continue growing in the future and contributing to a cleaner and more efficient energy system.

Some recommendations for policies that favor the pellet market

To encourage sustained growth of the pellet market and maximize its contribution to the EU's energy and climate goals, Bioenergy Europe recommends that, when implementing the European Green Deal and the Anti-Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), administrative burdens be minimized; It also considers it necessary that support for the renewal of heating systems with renewable technologies includes pellet equipment; and that progress is made in the recognition that the use of pellets in the industry together with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) are vital to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Fountain. Bioenergy Europe Statistics

https://bioenergyeurope.org/statistical-reports/

 

 

Hamerkop Climate Impacts and the International Biochar Initiative publish the “Biochar Carbon Removal Handbook”, a comprehensive guide for investors, producers and other parties interested in harnessing the potential of biochar as a sustainable carbon sink.

Hamerkop Climate Impacts and the International Biochar Initiative publish the “Biochar Carbon Removal Handbook”, a comprehensive guide for investors, producers and other parties interested in harnessing the potential of biochar as a sustainable carbon sink.

Biochar is a carbon-rich material obtained from the pyrolysis of organic matter that is gaining recognition for its potential for carbon capture and climate change mitigation. The manual offers a guide to navigate the complexities of biochar certification as a carbon removal tool, its role in the carbon market, variability in production, project design and certification processes.

The carbon market

Biochar can play a leading role in the voluntary carbon market by offering a reliable method for long-term carbon capture. In fact, already in 2023, biochar accounted for 94% of long-term carbon removal credits. The carbon market is an incentive for new biochar projects, allowing them to monetize their carbon capture efforts through the sale of credits. A financial incentive that will promote the growth of the industry with the socio-environmental benefits that it entails, especially in regions where biomass is used and in those that will receive biochar in their soils.

The carbon capture potential of biochar varies significantly depending on the source materials and production methods used. Source materials can range from agricultural waste to forestry waste, each of which affects the carbon content of biochar and co-products such as bio-oil and syngas. Production technologies, from small-scale furnaces to industrial pyrolysis plants, also influence biochar characteristics and production costs.

The manual provides a basic outline for successfully carrying out a biochar project; from how to determine the scale of production from mapping available resources and stakeholders, to selecting the appropriate source material, considering its availability, processing requirements and sustainability. Deciding on the technology and location of the facility are important steps, as is identifying the end use of the biochar, ensuring it provides long-term carbon storage and is integrated into a circular economy, and valuing the co-products that can be generated.

Finally, a section is dedicated to certification; how to select the most appropriate certification standard for the project that quantifies and validates the eliminations achieved.

Certification Standards

There are several certification standards that provide methodologies to quantify and verify the carbon removal capabilities of biochar.

Each standard has developed specific requirements for source materials, production technology, carbon accounting and monitoring.

  • Pure.earth. First standard for biochar carbon credits, offering a methodology to quantify carbon removal from biochar.
  • Carbon Standards International (CSI). It provides two methodologies: Global Biochar C-Sink and Global Artisan C-Sink, aimed at different production scales.
  • Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Managed by Verra, it includes the VM0044 methodology for the use of biochar.
  • Climate Action Reserve (CAR). Targeted at projects in North America with the biochar protocol for the US and Canada.
  • Riverse. It focuses on large-scale projects in Europe with its BECCS & biochar methodology.

The next edition of EXPOBIOMASA will dedicate a prominent space to the capture and storage of biogenic carbon, including biochar, a technology that is already being promoted by companies in Spain.

Learn more

https://biochar-international.org/manual-for-biochar-carbon-removal/

On June 30, 2024, the first contracting period ends with advantageous conditions for companies interested in participating in Expobiomasa 2025. Less than 15 days after the end of the initial period, the event already has a notable participation of leading companies in the sector. of biomass.

On June 30, 2024, the first contracting period ends with advantageous conditions for companies interested in participating in Expobiomasa 2025. Less than 15 days after the end of the initial period, the event already has a notable participation of leading companies in the sector. of biomass.

Expobiomasa 2025, which will be held from May 6 to 8 at Feria de Valladolid, will be the most important professional event next year in the biomass sector and will bring together the main agents of the entire value chain from equipment manufacturers and distributors domestic heating systems with solid biofuels to promoters of large projects in the thermal and electrical fields and, for the first time, emerging sectors such as carbon capture and storage and the bioeconomy.

The 2025 edition will highlight the latest advances in energy efficiency and emissions elimination, in line with the EU's carbon footprint reduction targets.

Companies interested in being part of the reference event in the Iberian Peninsula can secure their space in advance and benefit from the advantages that the fair offers to early risers: until June 30, exhibitors can benefit from 20% (+ 10 Additional % discount for Avebiom members) discount on space rental.

Expobiomasa 2025 will the perfect platform for exhibitors and participating brands to increase their visibility and show their innovative products and services to thousands of professional visitors from all over the world over the three days of the fair. We design an environment conducive to establishing contacts with potential business partners and distributors, and even end customers.

In the month of May 2024, the Spanish Biomass Association has carried out a comparative analysis of the prices of different solid biofuels such as ENplus® certified pellets, wood chips and olive pits and other energy sources available in Spain, and its behavior over the last 10 years.

In the month of May 2024, the Spanish Biomass Association has carried out a comparative analysis of the prices of different solid biofuels such as ENplus® certified pellets, wood chips and olive pits and other energy sources available in Spain, and its behavior over the last 10 years.

To do this, data from EUROSTAT, IDAE, MINETUR and MIBGAS have been used, and the biomass price indices (IPB) prepared by AVEBIOM quarterly since 2012 for wood pellet, splinter and olive pit.

A comparison to make informed decisions

In a context of constant fluctuations in energy prices, Spanish consumers may encounter reasonable doubts when deciding which energy source best suits their needs and budget. Choosing the most appropriate energy source to heat our homes requires considering both the average cost per kWh and the stability of prices over time.

Paul Rodero, president of the European Pellet Council and responsible for certification at AVEBIOM, recommends to the consumer "seriously consider biomass as a source of energy for heating your home because, in addition to being an economical and stable option, it contributes significantly to environmental sustainability.”

Electricity, natural gas and C diesel, at the high end of prices

The price of the electricity for average consumption (2500 - 5000 kWh) is significantly higher than that of the rest of the energy sources, with a sustained increase over time and a significant peak of €30,71 cent/kWh in June 2022. Even when used to power a bomba de calor, and considering a realistic SCOP for the center of the peninsula of 2,5, it is located in the range of the highest prices for domestic heating, as the graph shows.

El gas natural offers various rates to meet the different needs of consumers. Both the TUR2, for consumption greater than 5000 kWh/year, and the TUR1, for lower consumption, have shown a general upward trend, with a maximum price of €18,55 cent/kWh for the TUR2 in December 2022. Considerable fluctuations over time, with large spikes and dips, especially in the last two years, can complicate cost planning for consumers.

As to diesel C, an option commonly used for heating in cold regions, has been losing market share in the last decade. The notable variability in prices over time, reflecting the uncertainty in fossil fuel markets, and the penetration of more sustainable alternatives for heating may be behind this situation. The average price at the end of 2023 was close to €10 cent/kWh, in line with the electric heat pump and natural gas.

Solid biofuels: the sustainable and economical alternative

The prices of energy for heating obtained from biomass, represented by pellets and wood chips and olive stones, are below those of electricity and fossil fuels.

The pellet distributed in tanks, with a price of €7,72 cent/kWh at the end of 2023, maintains a clear downward trend and, according to the IPB factory forecast for June 2024, is already close to the prices of the first quarter of 2022, at the beginning of the global energy crisis. Regardless of this exceptional circumstance, pellets have demonstrated great price stability since they entered the home heating market. With an average price of €5,71 cent/kWh and a very low deviation (0,14).

The same can be said for the olive pit distributed in tanks, with a price of 7.59 cent€/kWh in December 2023, it is gradually returning to normal. With 2,99 cent€/kWh at the end of 2023, Wood chips are the most stable solid biofuel that can be used for domestic heating.

IPB download:

https://www.avebiom.org/proyectos/indice-precios-biomasa-al-consumidor

Download comparative graphs

https://observatoriobiomasa.es

 

The six projects that use biomass to reduce CO2 emissions in energy-intensive industries stand out. They will receive 55 million euros, 57% of the budget allocation.

The six projects that use biomass to reduce CO2 emissions in energy-intensive industries stand out. They will receive 55 million euros, 57% of the budget allocation.

The García-Carrión Winery Group, through VILLANUEVA BIOTHERMAL (BIOVI), will receive 2,7 million euros to build a biomass plant to generate thermal energy in Gádor, Almería, which will replace natural gas, reducing CO2 emissions by 7.000 tons per year.

The energy services company ENSO ESCO, AVEBIOM associate, has been subsidized with 20 million euros to build a biomass cogeneration plant in Olmedo, Valladolid, which will replace natural gas and cover all the energy needs of the largest sugar company in Spain, COOPERATIVA ACOR, and which will avoid the emission of 70.000 tons of CO2 annually.

In addition, ENSO ESCO will receive 30 million euros for another project in Torrelavega, Cantabria, in which the chemical company SOLVAY will house the largest biomass cogeneration plant in Spain, reducing more than 300.000 tons of CO2 per year.

The company CEMEX, dedicated to the manufacture and supply of cement and other construction materials, will obtain 5,8 million euros to increase the use of biomass instead of fossil fuels in the production of Clinker at its plants in Alcanar, Tarragona, and Morata de Jalón, Zaragoza.

ENCE ENERGY EXTREMADURA will receive 4,3 million to build a biomass plant that will produce superheated water and hot water and will drastically reduce the operation of the current natural gas facility.

Finally, FERROGLOBE SPAIN METALS has secured 11,7 million euros to install a vertical electric biochar reactor, which will replace fossil coal with vegetable coal in its process of obtaining silicon.

These projects will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, in addition, by promoting the use of local and renewable resources, they promote economic development in rural areas.

Source

https://www.mintur.gob.es/es-es/GabinetePrensa/NotasPrensa/2024/Paginas/jordi-hereu-aprobacion-provisional-perte-descarbonizacion.aspx

Member States and the European Parliament have provisionally approved the Carbon Removals Certification Framework (CRCF). This new framework, which is expected to be formally adopted and published by the end of 2024, is a key piece in the EU's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase carbon removal activities.

Member States and the European Parliament have provisionally approved the Carbon Removals Certification Framework (CRCF). This new framework, which is expected to be formally adopted and published by the end of 2024, is a key piece in the EU's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase carbon removal activities.

Achieve climate neutrality by 2050

The CRCF aims to facilitate the implementation of carbon removal activities within the EU. It establishes quality criteria, rules for verification and certification, and standards for the operation of certification schemes and their recognition by the European Commission. Although the framework will be voluntary, it is expected to establish a general rule for carbon removal across the EU.

The framework covers three main categories of activities: permanent carbon removals, carbon farming or carbon farming, and carbon storage in products.

Permanent carbon removals include industrial technologies that capture carbon, such as BECCS, and store it safely for centuries. Carbon farming encompasses practices in agricultural lands, wetlands, forests and coastal environments that sequester carbon through biological processes, also generating benefits for biodiversity. Carbon storage in products involves capturing and storing carbon in durable products such as wood building elements and biobased insulation materials.

These activities can generate four types of certified units: permanent carbon removal units, agricultural carbon sequestration units, soil emissions reduction units, and product carbon storage units. To be certified, activities must meet four main criteria: quantification, additionality, long-term storage and sustainability.

Implications for the bioenergy sector

Bioenergy Europe has actively worked to ensure that the CRCF does not impose additional requirements for sustainable bioenergy production and that it includes a broad definition of carbon removal, including biochar. The CRCF may open new opportunities for biomass-using industries, which could now develop carbon removal technologies or products for long-term carbon storage.

Consult the report prepared by Bioenergy Europe on this matter (in Spanish)

https://www.avebiom.org/sites/default/files/2024-05/Marco-eliminaciones-carbono-UE-2024.pdf

What will the certification process be like?

The certification process includes participation in a certification scheme, certification and recertification audits, and maintenance of certification records. The European Commission will develop specific certification methodologies for various carbon removal activities through delegated acts.

The Commission will establish an EU register within four years of the entry into force of the Regulation. Furthermore, the CRCF will be reviewed regularly to ensure its alignment with EU legislation and international agreements, assessing technological and scientific progress, environmental impacts and food safety.

The agreement on the CRCF is aligned with the EU's climate and circular economy objectives. By providing a transparent and reliable governance framework for carbon removal activities, the EU is laying the foundations for a more sustainable and resilient future.

Carbon removals at Expobiomasa 2025

EXPOBIOMASA 2025 will dedicate a special space to the discussion and analysis of the opportunities that are opening up for the bioenergy sector and other industries related to carbon removal.

Experts, companies and institutions will have the opportunity to explore in depth the opportunities and challenges associated with this new field of activity and exchange knowledge, present technological advances and discuss best practices to remove carbon according to the CRCF.

 

 

The Galiforest Abanca forestry monograph, organized by the International Fair of Galicia ABANCA, is already preparing to celebrate its seventh edition from June 27 to 29. It will be again at the Sergude Agroforestry Training and Experimentation Center, located in the Boqueixón town hall (very close to Santiago de Compostela).

The Galiforest Abanca forestry monograph, organized by the International Fair of Galicia ABANCA, is already preparing to celebrate its seventh edition from June 27 to 29. It will be again at the Sergude Agroforestry Training and Experimentation Center, located in the Boqueixón town hall (very close to Santiago de Compostela).

Its exhibition area will feature the presence of the most important firms in the sector, which will show their latest technological innovations and new projects. Likewise, its program will reinforce its proposals, with sessions focused on current topics, practical workshops and interesting demonstrations.

The latter have a great reception in each edition, exceeding 180 in the last event and made it possible to verify the work of a great diversity of machinery. In addition, the Innovation Contest will be held again, which is always attended by attractive novelties that stand out for providing important improvements to the forestry sector and optimizing its resources.

All of this in the best possible location, facilities that will once again allow you to show and see the operation of the machinery on display in a very well-connected area with excellent infrastructure. Not in vain, the Sergude Agroforestry Training and Experimentation Center has easy access from the AP-53 highway for both large machines and visitors and its facilities are excellent.

You can find out about this seventh edition of Galiforest Abanca at www.galiforest.com

A fair that never stops growing

The last edition of Galiforest Abanca, which took place from June 30 to July 2, 2022, was the largest held so far, exceeding both in terms of signatures and exhibitors present as well as in surface area and attendance.

Thus, 7.161 visitors linked to the forestry sector attended (27% more than at the previous event, held in 2018). In the exhibition area, they were able to learn about the products, services and proposals of 371 exhibiting firms (47% more) from 26 countries (24% more), of which 96 were direct exhibitors (26% more) from different points of Spain, Portugal, Italy, Latvia and Slovenia. In its exhibition area, which occupied 13.726 square meters (16% larger), forestry machinery, equipment and spare parts were displayed with a value of more than 40 million euros, which meant 74% more. Some figures and support from the sector that have meant that Galiforest Abanca is now consolidated as the largest forestry fair in Spain.

The Spanish Biomass Association (AVEBIOM) announces the dates of the 15th edition of the reference event for the bioenergy sector in the Iberian Peninsula. The international fair for biomass technologies will be held on May 6, 7 and 8, 2025 at Feria de Valladolid. In addition, the first contracting period for EXPOBIOMASA 2025 is now open with discounts of up to 30% for exhibitors who decide before June 30.

The Spanish Biomass Association (AVEBIOM) announces the dates of the 15th edition of the reference event for the bioenergy sector in the Iberian Peninsula. The international fair for biomass technologies will be held on May 6, 7 and 8, 2025 at Feria de Valladolid.

In addition, the first contracting period for EXPOBIOMASA 2025 is now open with discounts of up to 30% for exhibitors who decide before June 30.

Increases interest in industrial facilities and in the domestic sphere

Biomass is gaining more and more interest in the industry, which inevitably needs to be decarbonized in the coming years. According to the AVEBIOM Biomass Observatory, the installation of high-power biomass boilers has increased since 2022 in all industrial sectors. This increase is due in part to the rising costs of power generation with fossil fuels, along with the recognition that biomass offers an efficient, renewable and sustainable alternative.

In fact, remember Javier Díaz, president of AVEBIOM, “in the 2023 edition, we already observed an increase in exhibitors related to energy generation from biomass in large industrial boilers and heat networks, where biomass represents 60% of total installations.”

For the 2025 edition, Javier Díaz assures, “we expect significant participation from manufacturing companies and providers of technology and solutions in this field, from all over the world.”

Moreover, the stoves and boilers sector Biomass continues to gain ground as an option for heating homes, especially since the price of pellets and other solid biofuels began to normalize in December 2022. A survey carried out at the end of 2023 across Europe on consumer behavior clearly reflects that pellet It has the favor of users: 90% of pellet consumers assure that they will continue using it.

EXPOBIOMASA 2025 will be the ideal place for manufacturers and importers to reach agreements with new distributors for their home heating products with pellets and other biomass throughout the country.

For more information and to contact them, go to

https://www.expobiomasa.com/exponer

Bioenergy Ibérica has carried out the necessary work to increase the steam production capacity of the biomass boiler in Nestlé's chocolate factory in La Penilla de Cayón (Cantabria) by up to 40%.

Iberian Bioenergy has carried out the necessary work to increase the steam production capacity of the biomass boiler in the chocolate factory that Nestlé has in La Penilla de Cayón (Cantabria) by up to 40%.

The generation of thermal energy with the biomass boiler allows Nestlé to reduce annual net emissions of CO2 equivalent by 2.850 tons.

The factory's biomass boiler uses the cocoa husk obtained in the cocoa roasting process as biofuel to produce steam, which in turn becomes a source of energy for the roasting process of this raw material.

The wood that the boiler will consume from now on meets the sustainability requirements imposed by current regulations, specifically the European Renewable Energy Directive, RED II-III. What is fully guaranteed thanks to the European certification system SURE.

José Luis Romero, Director of Operations at Bioenergy Ibérica, highlights the company's commitment to seeking energy solutions that provide local energy: "Transforming the industry with projects like these allows us to achieve less dependence on fossil fuels, as well as “achieve an economy and society free of net CO2 emissions”

This initiative adds to Nestlé's efforts to decarbonize its production processes, evidencing its commitment to the circular economy.

Published in AVEBIOM

Promak Selling Solutions SLU, a Spanish company specialized in offering solutions and technologies for wood processing lines, has recently signed a strategic collaboration agreement aimed at distributing the technology of Mesutronic GmbH, a German company with more than 30 years of experience in innovative technology of metal detection for industrial applications, in Spain

Promak Selling Solutions SLU Spanish company specialized in offering solutions and technologies for wood processing lines, have recently signed a strategic collaboration agreement aimed at distributing the technology of Mesutronic GmbH, a German company with more than 30 years of experience in innovative metal detection technology for industrial applications, in Spain

Both companies work together to offer metal detection and separation technologies in the plastic, rubber, wood and textile transformation and recycling industries.

Metal detection and separation systems, combined with inspection systems in different phases of the transformation process, guarantee optimal supervision of the process in reference to ferrous and non-ferrous metal contaminants (iron, brass, aluminum, stainless steel and/or others). which must be detected reliably.

They are an indispensable means to guarantee added value in production and the quality of processes.

This strategic agreement merges decades of experience, creativity and know-how to satisfy any requirement.

Promak participates in Expobiomasa

For more information on the wide range of products and services do not hesitate to visit www.promaksolutions.es

ECOFRICALIA will be in charge of installing the first pellet plant in Cuba. The installation is part of the development aid project “Energy valorization of residual woody biomass in agri-food and bionatural products industries.”

ECOFRICALIA will be in charge of installing the first pellet plant in Cuba. The installation is part of the development aid project “Energy valorization of residual woody biomass in agri-food and bionatural products industries.”

The project is developed for 18 months, starting in November 2022, at the Research Center for Protein Plants and Bionatural Products and consists of transforming the residual woody biomass from prunings of moringa, a very abundant plant in this country, to produce pellets that It will be used as fuel in dryers for agri-food products such as moringa leaves or tobacco and in the milk pasteurization process.

The objective is to modernize these sectors and gain energy self-sufficiency, eliminating current consumption of diesel and electricity.

In parallel, activities are planned to ensure the proper functioning of the facilities, such as the construction of an experimental pelletizing and combustion plant in Cubaenergia that will serve as a test bed and contribute to the training of specialized personnel and to analyze the replicability of the project.

Moringa is a tree native to India that is grown in warm areas and from which practically all of its parts can be used: bark, pods, seeds, roots and flowers.

The project has a duration of 18 months and a budget of €507.400. Led by the University of Zaragoza through CIRCE (Associate of AVEBIOM), has other Spanish partners such as SODePAZ and Curved Quintin S.L (associate of AVEBIOM), and a Cuban partner, Cubasolar.

ECOFRICALIA is a partner of Avebiom and participate in Expobiomasa

 

The award aims to highlight the constant work towards sustainability and maintenance of forest masses, which consolidates Ence - Energía y Celulosa SA, as a leader in the research and development of best practices for their improvement.

The award aims to highlight the constant work towards sustainability and maintenance of forest masses, which consolidates Ence - Energía y Celulosa SA, as a leader in the research and development of best practices for their improvement.

The leadership of Ence in energy production from biomass in Spain is unquestionable; With the AVEBIOM award we want to recognize the pioneering nature of the company in the certification of the environmental sustainability of the biomass it uses through the European SURE system. Its responsible and sustainable management of agroforestry resources is, without a doubt, an example to follow.

1,6 million tons of biomass used to generate renewable energy in 2022

Ence It has more than 1.300 employees, whose work positions the company as a leader in Europe in the eucalyptus pulp sector and in the generation of renewable energy with biomass in Spain, where it achieved a production in 2022 of 2.321,1 GWh.

Ence manages more than 66.000 hectares of forest mass in Spain, of which 22% is dedicated exclusively to the protection and conservation of ecosystems. Its forest assets are 83% certified with some of the most advanced international standards in forest management and traceability and chain of custody, such as PEFC and FSC®. The biomass used for energy production has been certified under the European system SURE which guarantees the highest standards of environmental sustainability required by the EU.

In 2022, Ence produced renewable energy using more than 1,6 million tons of biomass, considerably reducing the amount of fuel from forest masses, which is probably the best forest fire prevention system in Spain.

Magnon Green Energy, the renewable energy subsidiary of Ence and associated with AVEBIOM, is the first Spanish company in the production of renewable energy with biomass. It has a total generation capacity of 266 MW in its eight power plants: three in Huelva, two in Ciudad Real, one in Córdoba, one in Jaén and one in Mérida. These are electricity generation plants that are powered exclusively by biomass of agroforestry origin from nearby environments, which contributes to the reduction of burning of the excess byproduct and the reactivation of the economy in rural areas.

On the other hand, in Ence's pulp biofactories, in Pontevedra and Navia, 112 MW are generated through its sustainable generation and cogeneration plants that ensure the energy self-sufficiency of these facilities.

It has currently launched new business initiatives linked to the forestry and bioenergy sector such as Ence Biogas and Ence Terra.

Thirteen winners precede Ence

AVEBIOM recognizes the contribution of relevant entities or people to the sustainable development of biomass for energy use since 2010.

In previous editions have received the 'Fomenta la Bioenergía' award el City Council of Tarrasa (2010) Representative (2011), the Energy Agency of Andalusia (2012), the Junta de Castilla and Leon (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), the Basque Energy Agency (2019) Christian rakos, president of the WBA (2020), organizations FSC PEFC (2021)and the Badajoz Provincial Council (2022) 

The award ceremony will take place at the beginning of 2024 in Valladolid, coinciding with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the association, in an event in which politicians, businessmen, scientists and representatives of society who have maintained some type of relationship with AVEBIOM during these 20 years.

Source: AVEBIOM