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TSK has acquired Ingeteam’s power generation plant engineering and construction subsidiary. With this latest acquisition, TSK reinforces its current capacity to deliver electric power generation plants using both renewable and conventional sources, and acquires the expertise and references necessary to deliver turn-key generation plants using biomass.

Some examples of projects in which this company has participated are the solar thermal generation plants of Palma del Río I and II, both 50 MW of power and owned by Acciona. In addition, it is a leading company in the sector of electricity generation from biomass where it has participated in 11 projects.


The company is located in the Technological Park of Álava and has been owned by the Ingeteam Group since 2008, has a staff of more than 40 people with extensive experience and technical capacity. Currently it is involved in different bidding processes in Brazil, Belgium, France, UK and China for projects worth over 500 million euros.

Ingeteam and TSK have carried out projects jointly since 1985, mainly in electrical projects in steel plants of the ArcelorMittal company. Likewise Ingeteam regularly supplies TSK with different electrical equipment for solar photovoltaic plants.

Source: TSK

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Elecnor has been awarded the contract to build two biomass-fuelled plants in Portugal. Each plant will have a power capacity of 15 MW and run on forest-based fuel. The budget for both projects is €78 million.

Representing the first biomass-fuelled plants that the company will build in Portugal in the municipalities of Viseu and Fundao, Elecnor will work on the design, engineering, equipment supply, construction, installation and commissioning of both plants, in addition to the feed-in line at Fundao and the substation associated with the Viseu plant.


Both plants will have a biomass grille boiler manufactured by Gestamp Biomass Solution, a 17 MW steam turbine, a forest biomass farm, air condenser in addition to water and waste treatment facilities. The two biomass-fuelled plants have been promoted under the Marguerite Fund with the company FPT Energía e Ambiente, S.A.

The projects are expected to conclude within a timeline of 24 months. Once completed, they will avoid an annual emission of 88,400 tons of CO2.

Source: Elenor

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At its site in Puerto Rico, Lufthansa Technik uses clean energy obtained from biomass available in the region: Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico and ENTRADE has signed a comprehensive energy supply contract. The first two trigeneration power plants (55 kW power; 100 kW refrigeration each) came into operation in May in 2×20-foot containers, which will be visually inconspicuous next to the two aircraft hangars at the state-of-the-art overhaul site. The key advantage for Lufthansa Technik is the reliable and on-demand energy supply that is replacing expensive power from diesel.

The facilities in the two aircraft hangars for five medium-range aircraft include a painting line. Excessive temperatures and the resulting failure of the power supply are extremely critical here. To date Lufthansa hasbeen using diesel generators to minimise the risk of power failures. The energy supply in Puerto Rico is comparatively expensive and is not 100% reliable. That’s why they were looking for a viable alternative.


The Type E3 power plants can be integrated into standard containers and operate with different kinds of biomass. In Puerto Rico, pellets based on waste wood produced in the region will initially be used as the fuel for environmentally friendly energy generation. The cooperation will involve investigating the scope for using aircraft waste (catering waste) directly from the airport. Catering waste currently has to be disposed of and this is very expensive.

At all Lufthansa Technik sites, both resource conservation and emission reduction play a major role in achieving corporate objectives. The emission-free ENTRADE power plants are the perfect fit – using fuels like waste wood direct from the surrounding area. From ENTRADE’s perspective, the close cooperation with Lufthansa Technik is a significant milestone. Cooperation talks are also in progress with representatives from the considerably larger site in Manila (Philippines).


Biomass supply accounts for three quarters of the total renewable energy supply

World Bioenergy Association (WBA) has launched WBA Global Bioenergy Statistics 2017 report. This report is the 4th in a series of statistics reports focussing on development of bioenergy on a global level. Some key findings include:

In 2014, the supply of biomass globally has increased to 59.2 EJ – a 2.6% increase over the previous year. Overall, this accounted for 10.3% of the global energy supply. Biomass supply accounts for three quarters of the total renewable energy supply.


In the same year, the consumption of renewable energy sources increased to 66.9 EJ – accounting for 18.6% of the global energy mix. This shows a modest increase of 0.2% over the previous year. Bioenergy as the largest renewable energy source has an overall consumption of 50.5 EJ – 14% of the global energy mix.

In electricity sector, bioenergy is the 3rd largest renewable energy source with a generation of 493 TWh. Renewable electricity overall accounted for 23% of the overall electricity sector. Solar and wind are the fastest growing technologies with growth rates of 45.1% and 25.1% respectively.
Renewables share in the derived heat (heat produced in power plants) and direct heat (heat consumed directly) are 7.1% and 27.7% globally. The renewable heat sector is dominated by biomass as the leading energy source.

In transportation, the progress is lacking. Only 2.8% of the global transport sector is driven by liquid biofuels. Biofuels production is growing at a rate faster than the rate of electrification of transport.
Forestry continues to be a key part of biomass supply accounting for 87% of the total biomass supply providing woodfuel, wood industry residues, recovered wood, charcoal etc. Agriculture sector contributes 10% via use of animal byproducts, agricultural byproducts and energy crops. One of the ways to increase supply from these sectors is to use the residues. A low theoretical estimate shows a potential of at least 20.4 EJ. Finally, waste to energy conversion is increasing at an annual rate of 4% and Europe leads the way with 55% of all waste to energy plants in the region.

Official figures show that liquid biofuels production has reached 126 billion litres globally with 95.1 billion litres produced in Americas – USA and Brazil. The simultaneous production of 75.3 million tonnes of protein is an added benefit of the biofuels industry. Pellets production is increasing rapidly with a current production volume of 28 million tonnes (1.6 million tonnes increase in a year). 59% of the production is in Europe. South Korea and Japan are the largest pellet importers after EU. Biogas production reached 58.7 billion Nm3 with an average growth rate of 11.2%. Almost half of the biogas production occurs in Europe. Charcoal production retained its production volumes of 52 million tonnes.

Finally, bioenergy sector has employed 2.8 million people, not accounting for jobs in the traditional biomass sector.

Source: World Bioenergy Association (WBA)

As the cost of clean technology continues to fall, the world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, at an investment level 23% lower than the previous year, according to new research published by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017” finds that wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro and marine sources added 138.5 GW to global power capacity in 2016, up 8% from the 127.5 GW added the year before. The added generating capacity roughly equals that of the world’s 16 largest existing power-producing facilities combined.

Investment in renewables capacity was roughly double that in fossil fuel generation; the corresponding new capacity from renewables was equivalent to 55% of all new power, the highest to date. The proportion of electricity coming from renewables, excluding large hydro, rose from 10.3% to 11.3%. This prevented the emission of an estimated 1.7 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide.


The total investment was US$241.6bn (excluding large hydro), the lowest since 2013. This was largely a result of falling costs: the average dollar capital expenditure per megawatt for solar PV, onshore wind and offshore wind dropped by over 10%, improving the competitiveness of those technologies. While much of the drop in financing was due to reduced technology costs, the report documented a slowdown in China, Japan and some emerging markets during the course of the year, for a variety of reasons.

New investment in solar in 2016 totalled US$113.7bn, down 34% from the all-time high in 2015, mainly due to sharp cost reductions – and to real slowdowns in activity in two of the largest markets, China and Japan. India saw the construction of the Ramanathapuram solar complex in Tamil Nadu, billed as the world’s largest ever PV project at some 648 MW.

Wind followed closely behind solar, at US$112.5bn of investment globally, down 9% despite the boom in offshore projects. However, while solar capacity additions rose in the year to a record 75 GW, sharply up from 56 GW, wind capacity additions fell back to 54 GW in 2016 from the previous year’s high of 63 GW.

The smaller sectors of renewable energy had mixed fortunes in terms of investment last year. Biofuels fell 37% to US$2.2bn, the lowest for at least 13 years; biomass and waste-to-energy held steady at US$6.8bn and small hydro at US$3.5bn; while geothermal rallied 17% to US$2.7bn and marine edged down 7% to US$194m.

Investment by type of economy

Renewable energy investment in 2016 showed contrasting trends between regions, as well as between the leading countries. The relative shares of the main regions in global investment in 2016 were as follows: China accounted for 32% of all financing for renewable energy, excluding large hydro, and Europe 25%. The US represented another 19% and Asia-Oceania, excluding China and India, stood at 11%. India. Other Americas made up 4% with Brazil, the Middle East and Africa each at 3%.

Renewable energy investment in developing countries fell 30% to US$117bn, while in developed economies, investment dropped 14% to US$125bn.

The ‘big three’ developing economies of China, India and Brazil saw a combined 28% setback in dollar investment to US$94.7bn, but this disguises different trends in each. China was again the biggest location for dollar commitments, but its total of US$78.3bn was down 32% from 2015 and the lowest since 2013. This broke a 12-year sequence of rising year-on-year investment. China also invested US$4.1bn in offshore wind, its highest figure to date. India recorded US$9.7bn in 2016, equalling 2015 and its average since 2010. Brazil bumps along from year to year without much sign of an upwards trend, and in fact last year’s figure of US$6.8bn was down 4% and the second-lowest since 2006.

Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa and Morocco all saw falls of 60% or more, due to slower than expected growth in electricity demand and delays to auctions and financing. Jordan was one of the few new markets to buck the trend, with investment there rising 148% to US$1.2bn.

Among developed economies, the US saw commitments slip 10% to US$46.4bn, roughly in line with its average since 2011, although 10% down on the 2015 record, as developers took their time to build out projects to benefit from the five-year extension of the tax credit system.

Investment in Europe has stabilised in recent years after falling from peaks of above US$100bn per year during the German and Italian solar booms of 2010-11. In 2016, it totalled US$59.8bn, up 3% on the previous year, led by the UK (US$24bn) and Germany (US$13.2bn). Two of the main features were the financing of offshore wind projects and the new equity raised by Innogy as it floated on the Frankfurt stock market. Offshore wind (US$25.9bn) dominated Europe’s investment, up 53% thanks to mega-arrays such as the 1.2 GW Hornsea project in the North Sea, estimated to cost US$5.7bn.

The most hopeful sign in 2016 for the future greening of the global electricity system was a succession of winning bids for solar and wind in auctions around the world, at tariffs that would have seemed inconceivably low only a few years ago. The records set last year were US$29.10 per MWh for solar in Chile and US$30 per MWh for onshore wind in Morocco, but there were other eye-catchingly low outcomes to auctions from Dubai to India and from Zambia to Mexico and Peru.

Source: UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance

La Xarxa Espavilada d'Olot. Ganador Obra Construida 2017

The DHC network project in Olot town city arose from the need to reduce consumption in the construction sector and its associated emissions. This urban restructuring project, which goes by the name of Xarxa Espavilada, has resulted in the construction of the first DHC network that is exclusively powered by renewable energy – geothermal, PV and biomass, and as such represents a step forward in the transition towards a carbon neutral city. One crucial element of the project’s development was the joint work and collaboration on the initiative by public entities (the Olot Town Hall) and private companies (Gas Natural Fenosa-Wattia Innova joint venture), to find a solution offering significant social and environmental benefits, as highlighted by the President of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, during the project’s inauguration last 3 March. A few days later the project received the Catalonian Government’s 2017 Award for Energy Excellence.

Creating new energy generation and distribution points within the city forms part of the great transition towards low carbon cities. Centralised production and consumer proximity, adapting the sources to the context both as regards supply and demand, is very much a feature of the Olot project, where consumption (depending on times of day and amounts) has resulted in a balanced production from geothermals, PV and biomass; resulting in 93% of the primary energy consumed by the grid coming from renewable sources.


The placement of the plant inside an existing building, the former Sant Jaume hospital, supports the very important role played by building refurbishment in the energy transition.Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2017

Without exclusion: all professionals, enterprises and public or private bodies in the sector that are interested in entering their projects, products or services for the Expobiomasa Award for Innovation will be able to enter as candidates. AVEBIOM, the awards organiser, aims to go deeper into the biomass sector and, by lifting the limitations on participation, hopes to increase the chance of bringing together a more complete and varied sample of technological innovation.

It will be possible to participate whether candidates are at the Fair or not. The call for entries is now open to all interested parties, which means that it is not a necessary requirement to be an exhibitor in order to access the competition


What has not changed is the basic nature of the award, which still aims to contribute towards driving the sector forwards by recognising initiatives that boost its economic development. Once again there is just one category for both the main prize and the runners-up, worth €2,000 and €500 respectively. And also unchanged is the Expobiomasa Innovation Dossier, which will contain all the information provided by the candidates, be posted on the official website before the event is held and distributed among collaborators and specialised press in order to publicise the information before the fair itself.

Yet again, besides the technological component and the degree of innovation, candidates will also be scrutinised using criteria for originality, applicability and energy saving in order to find the winner. In addition, as society increasingly demands customized services and products, and the biomass sector is no exception, digitalization, automation, advanced materials and IoT will be valued positively by the panel of judges.

The deadline for presenting candidatures is May 31st.



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The EU is strongly promoting the growth and development of a sustainable European bioeconomy, of which one of its core components would be the greater uptake of biomass – organic materials to produce chemicals, materials, energy, pharmaceuticals, and many other sustainable and innovative products. This shift to biomass is being underpinned by substantial R&D efforts under FP7 and Horizon 2020

Increasing the production and mobilisation of biomass can have a number of highly positive benefits for the EU’s economy and wider society. These include contributions to the EU’s fight against climate change, ensuring European (and global) food security, building blocks for new and sustainable raw materials, as well as helping to diversify the EU energy sources. The cultivation and sourcing of biomass will also benefit the EU’s long-term economic growth and would be a key generator of new and highly-skilled jobs, all within the broader context of a flourishing and vibrant bioeconomy.

In particular, the agricultural sector will have a crucial role to play in bringing biomass’s full potential to fruition. Many promising avenues are currently being explored and supported by the European Commission, such as the development of industrial crops able to grow on marginal lands, new methods being pioneered on crop diversification, and the growth of multi-purpose crops (i.e. providing both food but also non-food outputs).


As part of the wider picture, it is planned that these efforts will provide the agricultural sector with the knowledge and expertise needed to support resource-efficient and resilient strategies and solutions for biomass production that allow for increased biomass production but without compromising sustainability targets or local ecosystems.

This CORDIS Results Pack is thus focusing on eight EU-funded projects that have been leading the way in integrating novel biomass solutions into the wider European bioeconomy.

Selected projects include EUROPRUNING, which has developed a truly innovative pruning-to-energy value chain and the ITAKA project that has used camelina oil to produce sustainable commercial biojet fuel that has the potential to power more than just the aviation industry. Meanwhile, the GRASSMARGINS project has identified the optimal perennial grasses to cultivate as biomass crops on marginal non-arable land, whilst the OPTIMA consortium has cultivated high-yielding perennial grasses capable of serving as the source of many exciting new bio-based products.

Source: CORDIS

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The contribution of bioenergy to achieving the EU's 2020 objectives is crucial. By 2020, the target of 20% of energy production from renewables is expected to be achieved

In 2014, the contribution by renewable energy amounted to 16%, according to the 2016 Statistical Report on the Development of Bioenergy in the European Union, a paper drawn up every year by AEBIOM, the European Biomass Association. At that time, bioenergy accounted for 61% of all the renewable energy consumed, the equivalent of 10% of Europe’s gross final energy consumption. And the turnover generated by the biomass industry in the EU reached €55bn in 2014, up 32% on every10, according to EurObserv’ER.

The EU’s energy consumption in heating and cooling accounts from some 50% of the total, with 82% of that energy consumption covered by fossil fuels, 16% by biomass and the remaining 2% by other renewable energies. This is why bioenergy and renewables are becoming a key priority in policies specifically regarding the HVAC of the EU’s buildings. Bioenergy is currently the leading renewable energy for thermal use accounting for 88% of the uses for heating and cooling, or 16% of Europe’s gross final energy consumption.


One fact that is very important to highlight is that contrary to common belief, the woodlands of the EU-28 have been continuously growing over the last decades. In 1990, Europe’s woodland amounted to 19.7 billion m³ while in 2015, it stood at 26 billion m³, representing an increase of 34% over the last quarter of a century and coinciding with the years in which biomass has been used in a hi-tech format (pellets and wood chips) as source of renewable energy. According to Eurostat, in the EU-28, woodland has gained 322,800 hectares per year, the equivalent of a growth rate of one football pitch every minute.

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Ence has awarded Ingeteam a new contract for the operation and maintenance of its biomass plant in Mérida. This plant, constructed with the latest innovations for the transmission, storage and production of energy using biomass sourced from forest and agricultural-based residues, has a net installed power of 20 MW, giving an annual production of 160 million kWh/year. Furthermore, the plant offers optimal environmental performance, thanks to the incorporation of a reheat cycle and a bag filter to capture the combustion gases at the boiler outlet, among other technologies.



As a result of the contract award, Ingeteam is to hire some 30 new workers, who will be directly involved in this project. In order to maintain a stable growth path in today’s ever-changing, complex market, Ingeteam is focussed on business and customer diversification.

This also involves a clear movement towards cross-sectoral multi-technology, materialising in new projects such as the awarding of this new contract in which Ingeteam is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the biomass plant in Mérida.

Source: Ingeteam

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