SALA FORESTAL wins the SECURECHAIN of biomass in Catalonia
SALA FORESTAL is one of the four biomass catalan companies selected of 10 in all Catalonia (Spain) to carry out an European project called SECURECHAIN. This European project belongs to a bigger European Progamme which is called HORIZON 2020. So, SECURECHAIN's target is to improve biomass supplier chains into EU.
The SECURECHAIN biomass project in Catalonia (Spain) relies on Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Technologic Forestry Centre of Catalonia. This project is a companion project during two years and a half with other European Regions like: Eastern Netherlands (Netherlands), North Renania-Westfalia (Germany), Smaland (Sweden), Western Macedonia (Greece) and Estonia. Also, it wants to improve cooperative and interconnected net between biomass suppliers. The SECURECHAIN's board has selected 4 of 10 biomass producers in Catalonia in its first edition contest.
Which is the play of Catalan biomass into the Catalan Transborder Eurodistrict?
The Catalan Transborder Eurodistrict goes from North Catalonia (France) to Girona Province (Catalonia-Spain). This territory has more than one million of citizens who share trade and cultural bonds since centuries. So, the biomass would be an important commodity in the energetic supply system of this region.
The past december sixteenth of 2015 de the Agriculture Departament and the Forestry Technologic Centre of Catalonia and the City Council of Girona organized a meeting related to biomass in the Catalan Transborder Eurodistrict, in order to identify the needs of biomass companies and civil servers in Catalonia (Spain) and France.
SALA FORESTAL SL is one of the first woodchip producers in Catalonia (Spain) that incorporates a pneumatic woodchip unloading system in its deliveries around Girona an the rest of Catalonia with an excellent results in comparision to a conventional loading system.
The pneumatic unloading system of biomass has lots of advantages such us: lower costs of civil projects, better management of woodchip volumes inside of the biomass tank, the cleanest unloading tasks inside of a biomass tank. Nevertheless, for a biomass pneumatic system to be succesful and not to be a nightmare it needs to be well designed with specific criteria which most designer don't ussually follow. In the end, we suffer the bad consequences of a bad design whe we deliver biomass around Catalonia. After all of these bad consequences and problems, we solved them and we are becoming experts, nowadays. So, we can list all these features which a well designed penumatic biomass tank must have:
The man who fell down from La Garrotxa to die in El Gironés
Forest management in Catalonia (Spain)
The forest has always a story behind it, which is made by the hand of man, so he has always managed it to produce wood and firewood in Catalonia (Spain). Nowadays, we call to it biomass and it's not a new concept in Catalonia (Spain). This story begins forty or fifty years ago in Sant Martí de Llemena village, when the most rough forests of holm oak was still being harvested from La Garrotxa (Catalonia - Spain) to make coal and firewood. At that time the gas propane and city gas didn’t arrive to all houses yet. Therefore, it was worth it to harvest forests because the demand of coal and firewood from Barcelona’s houses was higher.
A forest is like bread, sometimes it gives you bread crumbs and other it gives you breadcrust
We optimize forest products: woodchips for biomass boilers, wood for pulp o timber and firewood
Before we start a forest in Spain and Catalonia, we always plan which kind of forest products we could obtain from it for each type of wood factory, at the same time that we take advantge of different wood subproducts. As well as wood for timber, woodchip for biomass boilers, wood fiber for pulp and firewood in Spain and Catalonia.
The experience is a degree and we know that a forest is like a bread: sometimes it gives you bread crumbs and other times it gives you breadcrust. A forest is not a homogenous resource and it depends on: climatology, soil, fires, diseases and forest management plan for it and so on. Nevertheless, the target is the sustainability when we work in the forest, so we depend on it to live, so a forest is the bread that feed our families.
The importances of a good woodchip tank in Spain and Catalonia
It seems that it doesn't matter but one of the most important factors when designers and engineers lay out a new biomass facility such as a biomass boiler or a biomass district heating in Spain or Catalonia, is the design of woodchip tank for a biomass boiler.
The woodchip tank design directly influences the biomass supply costs for a biomassboiler in Spain and Catalonia and the good work and effectiveness of a biomass facility. Frequently, we find woodchip tanks designed under container truck volumes, that means icreasing transport cost unncessarily.
Generally when a client asks for a woodchip biomass supply in Spain and Catalonia, he doesn't wait for the woodchip container to be completely empty, so usually between 5 and 10 m3 of woodchip is left at the bottom. Therefore, a right woodchip container should contain 30-40 m3, which is the volume of a woodchip container truck, respect to this 10 m3 of woodchip is left.
A chip off the old block, woodchip for biomass boiler at Northern Spain
SALA FORESTAL is the first interested in obtaining responsible wood from forest
It needs a right traceability of raw material to assure a good performance of woodchip products. SALA FORESTAL SL gets it through a double PEFC certification (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), one side by the chain of custody certification which validates the responsible sourcing of raw material and the other side by BUREAU VERSITAScertification which validates that woodchip made for biomassboilers at Northern Spain comes from responsible management forests.
What allow us to assure woodchip supply for biomass boilers at Northern Spain?
A few years ago, Sala Forestal SL wondered: What should be first? Wait to be created woodchip demand for biomass boilers at Northern Spain or anticipate and generate this offer which we knew that will be there in a future.
High quality woodchip for biomass boilers at Northern Spain
The Sala Foretal’s target is producing high quality woodchips which assure a right performance as well, for industrial and tertiary boilers as domestic boilers at Northern Spain.
Raw material has been selected from conifer trees (Pinus halepensis, Pinus pinea, Pinus pinaster, Pinus radiata) because, it’s one that gives more calorific value and increases the energy efficiency of biomass boilers.