Spain and Canada seek greater collaboration in the bioenergy sector

The Spanish-Canadian virtual meeting concludes successfully: 55 attendees to the workshop organized on March 18 by the Canadian Embassy in Spain and the Spanish Biomass Association, and more than 20 virtual b2b meetings

"The webinar was an interesting contact for our companies and also for Canadian organizations on an issue with great potential for development in both countries, such as biomass power generation, an important resource in both Canada and Spain", according to Javier Díaz, president of AVEBIOM.

Nadia Rego, commercial delegate of the Embassy of Canada in Spain, has ensured that the "b2b" meetings have concluded with "a good exchange of perspectives" between entities of Canada and Spain, which augurs an increase in collaboration in the sector of the bioenergy. The organization has facilitated more than 20 virtual meetings between companies and research centers of the two countries during the week of March 22-25.

Canada is a giant of forest production: it is the second country with the largest forest area in the world, with 347 million hectares, and the first in sustainable forest management, with about half of the area certified by independent organizations (166 million hectares). hectares). The country exports about 3 million tons of pellets to Europe and other parts of the world a year.

Canadian consultant Murray McLaughlin reviewed the biomass situation within the framework of the national strategy to boost the bioeconomy, noting that the government supports the development of the bioindustrial sector (biofuels, biorefineries, biomaterials, bioenergy and emerging technologies) and the implementation of clean technologies to achieve their climate commitments to reduce GHG in 2030 and 2050. Throughout the country, several clusters created with biomass as the central axis are increasing their activity, even seeking partners from other countries.

Pablo Rodero, head of international projects at AVEBIOM, explained the situation of bioenergy in Spain, highlighting the enormous potential in agrobiomass, whose energy recovery will be essential to achieve the objectives of reducing emissions (40%) and implementing renewable energies ( 32%) in 2030.

The workshop hosted a round table in which two Canadian and two Spanish companies participated, represented by Sonia Shoukry, CEO of Global Biocoal Energy; Forkus Martinez, PRODESA sales director in North America; Bernie Pahlke, President of BEP Engineering; and Elías Hernández, CTO of ENSO. The impact of digital transformation in the sector, the emphasis on modernization projects for biofuel production plants, and the opportunities derived from the application of innovative technologies to increase the efficiency and safety of processes were discussed.

Complete workshop on opportunities for bioenergy in Canada and Spain