We produce renewable, solid and manageable energy source
Ence is the first company in Spain in renewable energy production with forestry and agricultural biomass and, since 2018 and as part of our diversification strategy, we also generate thermosolar energy in our Puertollano plant. Ence has a total installed capacity of 332 MW, of which 50 MW correspond to thermosolar generation, 13 MW to cogeneration with natural gas and 269 MW to generation with biomass. Our production of electric power rose to 1,815 GWh in 2018.
Renewable energy with biomass has a huge development potential in Spain. In fact, it is the only renewable energy that presents a positive economic balance for the benefits generated given its capacity to create employment, develop the rural environment and contribute to the improvement of the environment. In this sense, it should be noted, in addition to the capture of CO2, its contribution to the care and cleaning of the mountains, with a reduction in the risk of fires of up to 70%, as well as the use of agricultural biomass, which avoids It is uncontrolled and polluting in our fields.
In addition, biomass is the most stable and the only manageable renewable energy, without depending on variable factors such as wind or water, so it could participate in the progressive replacement of coal or nuclear generation.
Diversification towards other renewable energies
With the acquisition of our solar thermal plant in Puertollano in 2018, we have taken the first step in the execution of our diversification strategy towards other renewable technologies, which includes important investments in powers such as generation with biomass, solar thermal and photovoltaic until 2023.
Our thermosolar plant is adjacent to the new 46 MW biomass plant that Ence is building in the same location, which will allow the hybridization of both technologies, increasing the generation in about 3,800 hours / year of maximum demand, and converting a renewable asset non-manageable, as is solar thermal energy, in manageable, thanks to the ability of biomass to produce energy in a programmable, firm and stable manner, and in times of high demand.
A solar thermal plant without salt accumulation generates energy only about 1,500 hours a year. With the installation of a biomass boiler, the solar thermal plant can work uninterruptedly at least from 6 in the morning until 12 at night, hours of maximum electricity consumption.
Ence generates energy in 8 production plants
Ence generates electricity in eight independent production plants: two in Huelva, two in Córdoba, one in Mérida, one in Jaén, and two in the province of Ciudad Real. These are generation plants that are exclusively powered by biomass of agroforestry origin, and in the case of Puertollano, of solar energy to produce electricity.
In addition to the 220 MW of independent renewable energy generation, there are also 112 MW of sustainable and low emission cogeneration derived from the pulp production process in the Navia and Pontevedra biopharma factories. Currently, an additional 96 MW are under construction in Huelva and Puertollano.
Benefits of biomass energy
Fully manageable renewable energy generation
Steady and safe energy
Neutral in CO2 emissions, contributes to mitigate climate change
A homegrown energy resource, abundant in Spain
Prevents fires and the uncontrolled burning of stubble
The energy that contributes the most to rural development and employment
in operation and 2 under construction
of renewable energy produced by Ence in 2018
Excess agroforestry biomass in Spain
(Data by Autonomous Community)
- Data show the great potential of various Autonomous Communities. The Andalusian Community stands out in this regard, being able to reach a power generation capacity of 2.7 GWt.
- The great possibilities of communities such as Castilla La Mancha and Castilla León with a potential of 1.5 GWt and 1.3 GWt, respectively, should also be noted.
- The Community of Aragon could install 1 GWt of capacity and Extremadura would achieve a power generation capacity of 0.9 GWt. The Valencian Community may aspire to install a capacity of 0.7 GWt.