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Spain - Biomass Project

11/01/2019 | Project Number: 006677

Key Project Facts

Country: Location:
Spain Vilafranca del Penedès
Principal Facility Type: Facility Type:
Incineration (with energy recovery) Energy from Biomass
Principal Waste Type: Waste Type:
Plant biomass (waste) Agriculture
Development Phase: Value:
Project Commencement
€ 1,763,058 (Estimated)
Output (MW): Feedstock:
1.0 Vineyare Waste
Capacity (tonnes/year):
9,491 (Estimated)
Commission Date:
Q2 2021 (Estimated)

Development of a biomass plant and heat network.

The VINEYARDS4HEAT (VINYESXCALOR) project aims to apply and implement a Vineyards Virtuous Circle (VVC) as a local strategy to mitigate climate change, contributing to meeting the goals to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) according to the SEAP (Sustainable Energy Action Plan). The VVC plans to make a profit from using vineyard prunings/waste to generate heat and cold for wineries. This VVC involves various organisations related to the biomass value chain: biomass suppliers from vineyards, biomass collectors and consumers of energy, with the supervision of an institutional guarantor and lead co-ordinator: the Municipality of Vilafranca.

Other partners involved are:

  • Covides, which represents the farmers and supplies biomass by providing vineyard plots where pruning is done.
  • Innovi, which represents wineries that consume biomass from vine prunings to generate thermal energy. In the framework of this pilot project, two wineries are involved, Codorniu and Vilarnau, which use part of the biomass obtained in the project to generate thermal energy in their facilities through biomass boilers.
  • Nou Verd, which carries out vine pruning, manages the fuel treatment and storage facilities, and delivers it to the biomass boilers.

On 5th December 2018, it was announced that after demonstrating its viability with two and a half years of experience and co-ordination of the partners, it is now planned to move forward with the extension of the project including the establishment of a biomass heat network in Vilafranca del Penedès. The project has been presented to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for funding. The EU Life Programme has already provided funding for the initial project (LIFE 13 ENV/ES/000776).

The general objective of the project is to promote the use of renewable energies in municipal buildings and facilities with the installation of new points that use agricultural biomass for local self-consumption. The start-up of this new facility in the area of the sports complex involves reaching a production of 1 MW from renewable energy from vineyard prunings.

The specific objectives needed to achieve the main objective are the following:

  • Build and put into service a facility for the centralised production of thermal energy using vineyard biomass;
  • Start-up the distribution by means of a heat network in various municipal buildings in the sports area (Aquatic Complex and the Hockey and Gamba Pavilions), feeding the heating systems, production of sanitary hot water and climatisation, with an installation that will work 24 hours a day/365 days a year.

The main expected results are:

  • Expansion of the heat network using vineyard biomass in Vilafranca: 450 tonnes of biomass planned (1,876,000 kWh/year - 4,116 kWh per Kg);
  • Thermal production with 1 MW of power from biomass in Vilafranca;
  • Reduction of GHG emissions, avoiding the emission of 379 tonnes/year.

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