“The Spanish energy sector has to satisfy a growing demand for energy and at the same time reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The key to achieve this includes improving the efficiency of energy generation and distribution systems and continuing to increase the use of renewable energy sources,” explains Jorge Herrero.
As Project Manager at Expobiomasa, the bioenergy sector's most important show in Southern Europe, Jorge Herrero sees great market potential within the Spanish biomass industry now and in the future.
“In Spain, less than five percent of heating uses biomass, which is a low figure compared to 16 percent across Europe. However, biomass already accounts for 0.34 percent of Spain’s GDP equivalent to 3.7 billion euros. To access the large unexploited potential for biomass, Danish suppliers must bring customised, affordable and sustainable solutions.”
Growing use of biomass
Biomass for thermal use along with biomass stoves and boilers are gradually gaining footing in the heating sector in Spain. According to the Biomass Observatory, nearly 200,000 high-performance biomass units were operating in Spain at the beginning of 2017, corresponding to an installed capacity of approximately 8300 MW.
“Due to political instability and low heating diesel prices, industrial and collective installations of biomass boilers decreased from 2015 to 2016. Now, well into the first half of 2017, we are observing a change in the trend mainly because heating diesel prices rose by more than 50 percent last winter,” explains Jorge Herrero and continues:
“The use of biomass for energy boosts the internal and local economy, revitalizes rural areas, enables better forest management and creates stable, local employment in our regions and offers an efficient, cheaper alternative to any other fuel. Indeed, we need to be aware of the current importance of biomass.”
Digitalisation of the bioenergy sector
According toJorge Herrero, applying digital 4.0 technologies to the production, distribution and commercialization of energy will be essential for the successful organisation of the complex new energy scenario.
“I have no doubt that the companies who are quick to incorporate digital economy systems into their processes and offer intelligent products and services will have an advantage over competitors. Digitalisation, automation, advanced materials, connectivity and real time are terms adopted by industry 4.0 to satisfy customers. And the bioenergy sector cannot be an exception,” he says.
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At Expobiomassa in Valladolid on 26-29 September 2017, more than 600 exhibitors from 30 countries are presenting the latest in technology, design and features to 18,000 professionals interested in biomass solutions. Read more and sign up here