Andalusia´s great potential has been highlighted by the Andalusian Cluster of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency during the First Conference on the Development of Biomass held in this community, where 27,000 installations for thermal use are operating making a total of 1,723 megawatts. This places Andalusia as the national leader in terms of this energy.
The Andalusian biomass installed base is the largest in Spain. During the 1st Conference on the Development of Biomass in Andalusia organized by the cluster in collaboration with the General Directorate of Industry, Energy and Mines of Andalusia Regional Government, the business community has highlighted the “benefits” of this energy in the region.
Cristóbal Sánchez, Managing Director of the Andalusian Energy Agency last week opened this Conference in Seville claiming that “in an energy framework like that being driven for Andalusia, where sustainability, diversification, de-carbonization and achieving a high degree of self-sufficiency are being encouraged, biomass plays an essential role. “
Jose Antonio de la Cal, delegate of the Biomass area at CLANER, Andalusian Cluster for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, pointed out that the investment made in the sector in the region reaches “56% of the biomass energy generated throughout Spain.” According to 2015 data, the use of biomass, either as thermal exploitation, in transport or in electrical application, accounted for 37% of the renewable energy generated in Andalusia. “Only in electricity generation it entails an investment close to 800 million,” said de la Cal. In the biomass and biogas plants for electricity generation there is 257.5 and 30.8 megawatts respectively.
Biomass potential in Andalusia
According to CLANER, companies and entities that work in the bioenergy sector have shared “successful” business models and experiences related to biomass and have “shown the potential existing in Andalusia” in terms of generating new industrial developments, applying the knowledge and technology that are already “sufficiently mature in this field in the region “.
Along this line, CLANER president, Alfonso Vargas, stressed that biomass is the renewable technology that generates greater employment, with nearly “20,000 jobs” in Andalusia. In addition, “a greater degree of penetration” is achieved in rural environments “with a broad value chain, which has a large impact on small and large companies, and with multiple applications both in the residential sector and in the industrial field“, the President of CLANER explained.
The cluster´s biomass area delegate agreed with him while he drew attention to the ” even greater potential in terms of industrial development that the region is capable of generating by harnessing the large amount of agricultural and forestry resources available in Andalusia, where there are already 18 biomass power plants, a large number of companies producing biofuels (olive bone, wood chips and pellet, mainly), equipment manufacturers, installation companies and specialized engineering firms, and where 80 percent of all the thermal energy from renewable energy sources consumed is produced “.