Biomass drives industrial decarbonization: six projects receive €55M from PERTE

Key biomass in decarbonization
At the end of May 2024, the Ministry of Industry and Tourism announced the provisional approval of 19 projects within the PERTE for industrial decarbonization, with a total investment of 96 million euros.

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.