"SCHOTT ROBAX® IN FRONT - THE NEWS" - with this headline invites SCHOTT ROBAX® to take a look at the future at the Expobiomasa trade fair held in Valladolid from 24 to 26 in september

“SCHOTT ROBAX® IN FRONT – THE NEWS” – Under this headline, SCHOTT ROBAX® is inviting visitors to take a look into the future at the Expobiomasa trade fair in Valladolid from September 24 - 26, 2019 (Hall 4/Booth 465). The premium brand will captivate visitors with hot news about its glass-ceramic fire-viewing panels. For instance, the ROBAX® IR Max coating can now be combined with all decorative colors the brand has to offer. The interior paneling ROBAX® Magic with Signature Impressions allows manufacturers of gas fireplaces to create completely new designs and flame effects.

Serial production of ROBAX® fire-viewing panels started 40 years ago and more than 100 million units have since been sold. At the SCHOTT ROBAX® booth the visitors can experience an insight into the contemporary history: Here, the innovations that have made the brand successful yesterday and today – and will make it successful tomorrow – come alive.

News for creative minds: ROBAX® IR Max with highly flexible printing

Good news for manufacturers and lovers of wood fireplaces: The ROBAX® IR Max heat-reflecting fire-viewing panel can now be combined with all ROBAX® decorative colors. This also includes three Metallic Design Effects, each combining two printing colors. The coated glass-ceramic reflects up to seven times more heat radiation back into the combustion chamber than an uncoated fire-viewing panel. This applies to infrared radiation (IR) in the wavelength spectrum between 800 and 8000 nanometers.

News for trendsetters: ROBAX® Magic with Signature Impressions

The gas fireplaces so popular in the United States are also becoming increasingly popular in Europe, which has traditionally been dominated by wood. Gas fireplace manufacturers now have even more opportunities to differentiate themselves. The interior paneling ROBAX® Magic increases the design variety with “Signature Impressions,” a new collection of color, surface or print decorations, which create new visual effects: The flames appear larger and the combustion chamber deeper. Unlike other interior materials, no discoloration occurs. The panels offer excellent reflectivity and have a modern look. Several design examples will be on display at the trade fair, allowing customers to choose from a wide range of possible combinations.

News for curious developers

“We also have a surprise waiting for curious fireplace designers in our exhibition bag. Visitors to our booth will have the exclusive opportunity to experience the prototype of a world innovation on site,” says Stephanie Schwarz, Head of Sales & Marketing for SCHOTT ROBAX®.

Visitors should also make note of the second day of the fair (Wednesday, September 25, 2019) in their calendars: Starting at 16 p.m., SCHOTT will be staging a little “Get-together”. “Everyone is cordially invited to join us,” says Stephanie Schwarz.

Further information: https://www.schott.com/robax/english/index.html

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.

The singularities and dynamism of the domestic pellet market, which this year will record a new record production in Spain to exceed 700.000 tons, has advised the holding of an international conference to analyze its characteristics, among which the contrast between the frequent symptoms of saturation followed by high demand intervals.

Pellet production domestic in Spain, which has tripled from 2012, has evolved based on the progressive increase in demand, which has recorded record sales figures since 2014 and that this year will reach 650.000 tons.

These are some of the arguments they will address representatives of the entire value chain, in order to analyze trends and establish forecasts, in the first edition of the International Domestic Pellet Market Conference (CIMEP), convened by the Spanish Biomass Energy Valuation Association (Avebiom), to be held within the framework of EXPOBIOMASA'19 next September 25, in Valladolid.

“CIMEP will be a meeting point where forecasts for Spain will be known, as well as market trends in purely producing countries (such as Portugal, Russia, Canada and Poland) and in the main consumers and importers, such as Italy and France” , as explained by the president of Avebiom, Javier Díaz.

CIMEP will talk about the raw material, the situation of the national and international market and the evolution of the pellet consuming facilities, topics that international reference experts will address.

Specifically, the two most important factors in the evolution of the pellet market will be analyzed. On the one hand, the raw material, to which a block will be dedicated in which the different agents will be represented: forestry companies, administration and forest owners. And, on the other, the installations that consume the pellet, both in Spain and in Europe.

As noted by the president of Avebiom, for professionals in the pellet sector "it is important to know the trends, both in the national and international pellet market, as they set the pattern of their activity forecasts." Above all, he added, "the forecasted imports from Portugal and other producing countries to Spain, as well as planned exports to Italy and France."

The evolution of the national market

The national production of pellets, which slightly exceeded the 200.000 tons in 2012, has evolved steadily, exceeding the figure of the 400.000 tons in 2014, until approaching the 600.000 tons in 2018.

According to Avebiom and Apropellets estimates, the national pellet production, which has reached record numbers since 2012, will exceed 700.000 tons this year and will be expected to be around one million tons in 2021.

This progression responds to a consumption behavior that shot up in 2012 to almost 400.000 tons, although it slowed down in 2013, to grow steadily from that year to 2018, in which sales figures approached 600.000 tons. According to Avebiom and Apropellets data, 2019 sales will be around 650.000 tons.


ANDRITZ, ARITERM, CONDENS, CORESTO, INDUFOR, INRAY, KPA-UNICON will present the latest technology and they arrive looking for collaborators for its projects of forest exploitation, quality control in the use of chips for thermal use and for the development of efficient management systems in district heating.

Finland is a country with a long tradition in the use of biomass for energy purposes in which:

  • El 35% of all the energy consumed comes from biomass.
  • El 50% of the Finns are connected to a district heating.
Electric production plant with biomass from ENCE. 299.000 MWh enough for the power consumption needs of more than 55.700 people.

Export capacity to the 299.000 MWh network

Thus, after energizing the line, the next step will be to start the new boiler with biomass and, with the steam produced, feed and synchronize the turbine that gives the plant an export capacity to the 299.000 MWh network, enough for the Electrical consumption needs more than 55.700 people.

The main objective of this last stage of the project is to verify and verify, not only the main equipment, but also the auxiliary facilities such as compressed air systems, cooling towers and electrical and instrumentation systems, among others. It is, therefore, a phase that will last for several months, depending on the evolution and results of the different operations that must be carried out.

Biomass agricultural and residual forest

In addition, for its operation the plant will consume agricultural biomass and residual forest from the agricultural crops of the surroundings and the Huelva mountain. In this way, it will help reduce uncontrolled burning in the field and will help reduce the risk of forest fires, among other social and environmental benefits.

The start-up of the 46 MW plant at the end of the year will raise the installed capacity of the Huelva energy complex from Ence from 91 to 137 MW, which will also increase its production capacity to more than 890.000 MWh per year.

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A seal that guarantees the quality and specialization in the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of biomass stoves and boiler installations

The president of the Spanish Association of Energy Valorization of Biomass (Avebiom), Javier Díaz, delivered this morning to the representatives of CALORDOM, GEBIO and ERBI of the stamp of 'Certified Biomass Installer' (IBC), which makes them the three first Spanish companies in obtaining this certification.

"A brand that endorses the quality and specialization in the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of biomass thermal installations", As indicated by Diaz in an act that took place at the headquarters of the National Confederation of Associations of Plumbing, Gas, Heating, Air Conditioning, Fire Protection, Electricity and Allied Companies (Conaif).

The president of Avebiom has highlighted the importance of "betting on offering the client guarantees of quality and control of the facilities and being able to differentiate in the market the companies that execute their work professionally".

According to data from the Ministry of Industry, in Spain there are more than 30.000 companies trained to perform thermal installations in buildings (RITE). According to estimates from the National Biomass Observatory, which is managed by Avebiom from 2009, an 27% of these companies have operated with biomass equipment on at least one occasion.

By the end of 2018, almost 300.000 biomass installations for thermal use were operating in Spain. Most are small power equipment, stoves and boilers of less than 50 kW for the domestic heating sector.


This seal has been launched in collaboration with the Institute of the Construction of Castilla y León (ICCL), which acts as a certification entity throughout the national territory. ICCL, as an external certification entity, contributes to the model developed by Avebiom the guarantee of impartiality, technical competence, transparency and confidentiality necessary throughout the certification process. The scope of certification extends to the entire value chain, including the design, assembly, operation, maintenance and repair of facilities.

The technical director of ICCL, Felipe Romero, and the head of certification of this entity, Javier Vielba, showed that this certification "is born with a national vocation, so that it will soon allow offer quality guarantees through companies throughout Spain. " In fact, they said, the first three certifications "already reflect that trend, given that they are companies from Andalusia, Madrid and Castilla y León."

To obtain the seal, installers have to comply a series of defined requirements in the 'Letter of Quality' regarding its organization, the degree of specialization, the experience demonstrated, the conditions of service provision, the response to the client, the availability of qualified technical personnel and the available material resources.

This 'Quality Charter' includes, among other requirements, the commitment to inform the customer of the ideal conditions in which the installation and maintenance must be carried out, as well as the advice to choose the most efficient technical solution; and the obligation to deliver a detailed invoice in accordance with the approved budget.

To access the certification, the company must have a staff of experienced technical staff and be registered in the regional register of installation companies.

The technician, meanwhile, has to meet the training, experience and specialization requirements established in the Professional Profile applicable to his specialty. The certified organization will have a procedure to attend to complaints and claims from its clients.

Certified companies

Heat Erbi. Energy Services Company (ESE) accredited by the IDAE. It is headquartered in Ponferrada (León) and operates in Castilla y León, Asturias, Galicia, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and Madrid. It is a company committed to the quality of the facilities, through the training of its teams of installers and the choice of the best suppliers of equipment and components, and always with special attention to the quality of the biofuel. In fact, it is a pellet distributor company with ENplus certification. Currently, Erbi covers more than 300 facilities, mainly media and large users.

Gebio. An ESE company vertically integrated, with which it has its own means for production, distribution, engineering, installation and maintenance of its facilities with which it performs energy sales services. Enabled in the IDAE Biomcasa Program, it currently manages more than 80 facilities in Spain and Portugal, with its own telemanagement and maintenance service.

Calordom Business group of family origin, with more than 80 years of experience as suppliers of energy services oriented to the maintenance of boiler rooms, solar panels or gas oil and gas supplies, among others. 30 has been working on environmental issues for years and is a pioneer in the implementation of renewable energies throughout Spain and especially in the Community of Madrid. Of his activity it is possible to emphasize the supply of bone of olive as a source of thermal energy, fuel that gives heat to more than 20.000 families from Madrid, what supposes more than 80% of the final users of the company.

In recognition of the different actions, both outreach, support and investment, developed in recent years, especially in regard to the use of biomass for thermal generation in both public and private buildings.

The Spanish Association of Energy Valorization of Biomass (Avebiom) has awarded the prize 'Foster 2019 Bioenergy' to the Basque Energy Agency (EVE) in recognition of the different actions, both of disclosure and of support and investment, developed in recent years, especially in relation to the use of biomass for thermal generation in both public and private buildings.

The jury has wanted recognize the trajectory of this public entity in the promotion of the use of biomass throughout its 37 years of history. The president of Avebiom, Javier Díaz, will present the prize within the framework of the Expobiomasa Fair, in Valladolid, the next 24 in September.

The Basque Energy Agency (EVE) was created in 1982 and is the Basque Government Energy Agency, whose mission is to propose energy strategies under the criteria of supply guarantee, cost competitiveness, sustainability and technological development; as well as actively participate in its development and contribute to the achievement of the objectives defined in them.

The Basque Country is a region with high energy consumption that has always been committed to the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy, especially biomass, as it has the greatest potential. Currently it is the 80% of the total share of renewable energies in the energy balance.

The EVE carried out the first assessment of the Community's energy potential in 1985. And in the decade of the 90 carried out different technology research and development projects based on pyrolysis and gasification to address different types of uses. In addition, studies of identification and characterization of resources were carried out.

It also established several companies, with town halls and mancomunidades, to energetically value biogas from various landfills. And a series of studies began to evaluate the potential of other 'biomastic resources'.

Later, promoted projects to start electric generation plants based on forest and agricultural biomass, At the same time, the study and exploration of new technologies to use biomass for thermal purposes was strengthened. Noteworthy is its commitment to the use of pellets and the impetus to replace traditional boilers with new systems, which offer the same service in an automated and sustainable manner.

Currently, in line with the European strategies to boost renewables aimed at the decarbonisation of the energy sector, it is developing various annual aid programs, through which thermal biomass installations have been promoted near 4.000, which have achieved a impact on Basque society by modifying its traditional consumption patterns.

Eight winners from 2010

In previous editions they have received the 'Promotes Bioenergy' award City Council of Tarrasa (2010) IDAE (2011), the Energy Agency of Andalusia (2012), the Castilla and leon meeting (2013), the Office of Climate Change of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment (2014), the Xunta de Galicia (2015), the public company Nasuvinsa (Navarra de Suelo y Vivienda, in 2016), the University of Valladolid (2017) and Give-Ciemat of Soria (2018).

Automatically cut and divide firewood with a cycle of just over three seconds

The range of CPE wood processors includes in the same axis, a fast saw and a slitter with adjustable multiple split grille. This allows it Automatically cut and divide logs with a cycle of just over three seconds or cut mixed material in packages with only one operator.

Is a fixed or mobile equipment that can circulate by road. With drive electric or diesel. A transmission system with high performance hydraulic motors without the use of belts that avoids maintenance.

Extremely safe, equipped with protections, barriers, electronic security systems and emergency stop that interrupt the cycle with immediate recoil of the cutting device.

It supports a material length from 800 to 8.000 mm, with diameters from 50 to 600 mm, and a cracking power from 20 to 70 tonnages. The electronic measurement of the diameter of the material to be processed automatically adjusts the cutting speed of the cutting disc "without stress", also of the rise of the disc and of the blocking jaw.

The movement of the splitting grid is automatically managed according to the program established to divide the sawed block, centering it perfectly. According to the configured program, the CPE processor cuts and divides to programmable measurement without leaving discard, in pieces all the same with discard or in a fixed number of pieces without leaving discard.

It is a new unique machine in the market, optimal for firewood producers They process trunks and mixed material (trunks and branches together). Even twisted and deformed material.

A versatile team that complies with the regulations and Modular with various accessories available: fixed, mobile and reclining logs tables, extraction tapes of various fixed or reclining lengths, auxiliary cleavers, cleaning rollers, packing systems and cranes, ... Compact and with the possibility of moving easily with a tractor and other means of transport .

PINOSA has presented this candidacy for the Innovation Prize Expobiomasa 2019. More information about the Innovation Award here