The launch of the new Aranda de Duero Heat Network (Burgos) will allow the town to stop emitting 11 000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere per year.
A fact that has been released by the Minister of Development and Environment of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan Carlos Suárez Quiñones, during the visit he made this morning to the facilities of this biomass network that, in his first three months of operation, already adds 500 homes, about 1500 neighbors, to the connection.
Suárez Quiñones explained that, at the moment, the power installed in the thermal power plant located in Santander de Aranda de Duero street, which will consume 12 000 tons of local biomass per year, reaches 12 megawatts, which will generate 40 million kilowatts of thermal energy.
Likewise, it has highlighted its innovative nature since, for the first time in all of Spain, a hybridization experience has been launched that links this heat network with the cogeneration plant that Energy Works has at Michelin’s facilities.
This agreement allows the excess heat of the cogeneration plant to be incorporated into the biomass network to be used in the heating and hot water systems of the neighbors of Aranda de Duero.
“In short, it places this city as an innovative city, committed to the environment and, of course, a city that has an installation between cogeneration and the heat network that is not in any city in Spain of this size,” The counselor has remarked.
The implementation of the heat network has been promoted by Central de Calor, a joint venture owned by the Soria firm Rebi and by the Public Society of Infrastructure and Environmental Environment (Somacyl) and the Regional Energy Entity (EREN).
The head of Development has recalled that at this time the Board is involved in 32 projects similar to the one that has been carried out in Aranda de Duero, in which more than 35 million euros are being invested, and that will allow generating about 67 megawatts of heat per biomass.
“It is a renewable resource, which is in our forests, that we clean so that they do not burn, neutral in CO2 emission and that we have to strengthen. It creates employment in rural, stable and quality areas and, in short, it is a perfect circle of circular economy “, has affected.
Specifically, the forests of Castilla y León accumulate 225 million tons of biomass, with an annual growth of 6.5 million tons.
The transforming capacity of the region is also important, with 11 pellet mills, 10 heat networks and more than one hundred connected public buildings, which makes it the first in the national ranking of energy consumed from biomass.
The action in Aranda will conclude its first phase, which has meant an investment of more than 15 million euros and has generated 40 jobs, direct and indirect, throughout 2020.
It is already working on a second, which will mean bringing the heat network to the north of the town, for which it will be necessary to cross the Duero River. An action that will provide 4600 homes and public buildings in the municipality with heating and hot water, including the new planned regional hospital.