The only "but" to the good march of the market of the pellets, analyzed in the conference World Sustainable Energy Days, have been the tensions of stock that, although has not come to suffer any break, has been something right in this season.
In general, the markets have conveyed good feelings, very different from the concerns that marked the World Sustainable Energy Days meetings two and three years ago.
During the 4º meeting of the European Olive Oil and Biomass of Olivar Federation, the concern in the sector on how to improve the circular economy of the olive sector, as well as the high yields and difficult output of the main biomass of the olive was highlighted. olive grove: the orujillo.
According to the latest statistics from the Natural Resources Institute of Finland, a total of 385.000 tons of wood pellets were produced in Finland in 2018, almost one fifth more than in the previous year, and the highest production in history. Also at 2018, imports set a record with a total of 95.000 tons of wood pellets imported into Finland. They increased an 10 percent and were mostly imported from Russia. A total of 43.000 tons were also exported, mainly to Denmark and Sweden.
The 2019 year started well for the Austrians, because since January's 1, diesel heating in new buildings in Lower Austria is forbidden, and will be even better. Vienna continues with this trend at the end of March and goes a step further: diesel heating systems are also prohibited for major reforms. On a national level, diesel oil heaters will be banned throughout Austria from 2020. The next step is expected to be to prohibit the installation of gas heaters.
In most Mediterranean countries there is an important market for solid biofuels for heating applications in the residential sector. In these countries, in addition to pellets and wood chips, other solid fuels derived from the typical Mediterranean biomass are used.
Jorge Morales de Labra in the SEXTA clarifies in this video how much the heating cost has risen this year according to the type of fuel used. The biomass comes out very well stop ... Watch video
The main solid biofuels, obtained from biomass, are pellets, wood chips and olive stones. They are also other biofuels-less abundant-like the husks of nuts; or less homogenous and technified, such as firewood. But all of them, equally important.
The energy generated with wood chips and pellets, olive stone and other biomass allows to stop importing to Spaniards the equivalent of more than 1,2 million tons of oil (about 10 million barrels of oil). In addition, it reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases caused by the use of fossil fuels such as diesel or natural gas.