First pilot audits of BIOmasud® in Croatia

Green Energy Cooperative (ZEZ) organized the first pilot audit in Croatia within the project Biomasud Plus from the program Horizon 2020. The overall goal of the project Biomasud Plus is to develop the market of mediterranean solid biofuels with implementing the label of quality and sustainability BIOmasud® for at least two companies producing and /or distributing residential heating solid biofuels within Mediterranean countries.Continue reading

Jornada Divulgación y Taller Formación en CEDER - CIEMAT

En el marco del proyecto Biomasud Plus del programa H2020, el próximo 27 de Noviembre se va a celebrar en el CEDER – CIEMAT (Lubia, Soria) una jornada para presentar los principales resultados del proyecto.

El desarrollo de esta iniciativa ha permitido analizar casi 350 muestras de biomasas mediterráneas para su estandarización e inclusión en el sistema de certificación, al que se han incorporado nuevas biomasas; entre ellas, las podas de olivo, sarmientos, cascaras de nuez y de pistacho. Además, se ha revisado la metodología de cálculo de la huella de carbono de los diferentes biocombustibles, de acuerdo con los criterios de la directiva europea de Sostenibilidad; y se ha habilitado una plataforma online que permite calcular la huella de carbono y seguir la trazabilidad de las empresas certificadas.

La ejecución del proyecto Biomasud Plus (no. 691763), integrado en el programa H2020, culminará con la elaboración de una guía —dirigida a fabricantes e instaladores que consuman estos biocombustibles sólidos mediterráneos—, en la que se expondrán distintos sistemas y recomendaciones para optimizar su combustión.

El programa de la jornada se puede encontrar en el siguiente link y se pueden realizar las inscripciones en el formulario on-line

First company certified with BIOmasud® scheme in Slovenia

One of the most important BIOmasud Plus project’s goals is to certify 2 different companies with BIOmasud® certificate within every included partner country and ensure quality of Mediterranean biomass/biofuels for domestic use.

To get the certificate, a company must accomplish 3 conditions: quality, sustainability and traceability of biomass. Certification get companies which produce solid biofuels or trade with them and are committed to obey the rules and conditions of certification system BIOmasud®.Continue reading

First Pilot Audit of BIOmasud® Certification in Turkey

In the scope of the project, each partner involved in the project will implement the certification system in at least two companies producing and /or distributing residential heating solid biofuels within their respective countries. For this purpose, they will initially conduct appropriate dissemination activities among stakeholders identified in WP2 (at least one workshop per country) and will implement auditing systems to be applied to the biofuel producers showing interest to join the label, according the procedures described in the label Handbook.

In Turkey, has been given serious efforts to select companies potentially interested to solid biofuel certification system. Focus group meeting was organized in February 2017. Furthermore, a workshop was organized in October 2017. There were different participants from universities, ministries, solid biofuel producers, societies. TUBITAK contacted a lot of solid fuel producers and explained the project. The most suitable ones were selected from these companies which have ISO 9001 certification system.Continue reading

First Pilot Audit of BIOmasud® in Greece

On July 13th 2018, CERTH organised the first BIOmasud® pilot audit in Greece at the BioAlten pellet production plant in the framework of the Biomasud Plus project.

The scope of the audit was to check whether olive tree pruning pellets could comply with the quality requirements of the revised BIOmasud® Handbook.

The production of olive tree pruning pellets is a demonstration activity within the framework of the AGROinLOG (Horizon 2020-Grant Agreement No 727961) focusing on Integrated Biomass Logistics Centres (IBLCs). The raw material was collected in spring 2018 in the area of Agios Konstantinos, Fthiotida by the local agricultural cooperative.Continue reading

La planta de Greenalia en Sigüeiro (A Coruña) obtiene la certificación BIOMASUD para astillas de calidad

La empresa Greenalia Woodchips S.L.U., ubicada en Sigüeiro (A Coruña), acaba de obtener la certificación de biocombustibles sólidos BIOMASUD para astillas de calidad, gestionada en España por la Asociación Española de Valorización Energética de la Biomasa, AVEBIOM, que lleva en funcionamiento en el país desde 2014.

El objetivo de este sello, que también reconoce la sostenibilidad, es garantizar la calidad de la biomasa de uso doméstico en la región mediterránea de acuerdo a los estándares internacionales (astilla, ISO 17225-4), nacionales (hueso, UNE 164003; y de cáscaras de frutos secos, UNE 164004).Continue reading

Quality assessment of Mediterranean solid biofuels

Within the BIOMASUD PLUS Project there is an special chapter (WP3) dedicated to define the quality requirements of residential solid biofuels that will be integrated into the BIOMASUD certification scheme. Besides to the existing solid biofuels, the scheme will be extended to new solid biofuels produced in the Mediterranenan countries.

Nowadays, there are no international (ISO) quality standards to grade important commercial Mediterranean solid biofuels like olive stones and dry fruit shells. Two Spanish national standards are available since 2014 to grade olive stones (UNE 164003:2014) and fruit shells (UNE 164004:2014) for residential use. Continue reading

Update of the GIS on-line tool BIORAISE

Within WP2, task 2.3 aims at the updating and extension of the web service BIORAISE to the participant countries of Southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and Turkey), and France. The platform provides biomass resources information and exploitation costs, together with energetic content and stakeholders databases. The target is quantification of resources for residential heating solid biofuels production, from the field productivities to derive potential biomass resources and availability on the basis of environmental constraints and efficiency in the harvesting processes. Transport to transforming plants is considered in the logistics assessment of the biomass supply chain.Continue reading

First Pilot Audits of the improved Biomasud Certification

In the Task 6.3 the objective of the partners responsible of the label license in each country is to implement the certification system in at least two companies producing or distributing heating solid biofuels within respective countries.

First pilot audits have been conducted already where BIOMASUD partners are checking the improvements made to the previous version of the quality and sustainability certification scheme. Major changes are the new biofuels included (olive tree & vineyard prunings, walnuts and pistachio shells) and sustainability requirements which are being improved and putting in line with the new RED directive which negotiation is almost finished a shorty will be published.Continue reading

Biomasud Plus supports the celebration of the Greek Bioenergy Day!

The European Bioenergy day campaign was launched this year by AEBIOM, the European Biomass Association, in order to raise awareness about the importance of bioenergy in the European energy mixture. The Bioenergy Day of each state corresponds to that date of the year from which onwards the country could theoretically fuel its final energy consumption exclusively with bioenergy.Continue reading