The market for new biomass stoves and boilers has undergone major growth in recent years. This is basically down to one thing: the important economic saving that this solution offers compared to the cost of fossil-based fuels, or compared to the very high cost of electricity. Biomass means families, companies and authorities can all make considerable savings.
The forestry sector in Spain, as in the rest of Europe, is happy to see that the increase in sustainable consumption of biomass helps to mobilize much more timber and avoids the neglect of woodland. And for the industry and service companies it is practically impossible to find another energy technology that so coherently meets the demands of the Circular Economy, operational cost controls and by-product management.
Traditional biomass users in Spain continue to be mainly rural communities, forestry and the farming and food industry. Around 12% of energy for heating is generated using biomass. And 30% of that is accounted for by new, more modern, stoves and boilers that are auto-feeding and technologically advanced enough to bring clean, renewable energy to the cities and service sector as well. That figure hardly reached 8% ten years ago, according to data from www.observatoriobiomasa.es.
Just as Expobiomasa has evolved since it began in 2006, so has the number of high-efficiency biomass installations in Spain, increasing from 9,600 in 2008 to 244,197 in 2017. Ninety percent of these new installations are pellet stoves. The rest are domestic biomass boilers with output below 50 kW (15,755), and industrial or collective ones (11,336) with output of 50 kW or more.