With the assistance of more than two hundred representatives from business, agricultural and teacher, was held in Ciudad Real Day debate on biofuels and energy crops on which the Minister of Industry and Technology, José María Díaz Salazar has highlighted the challenge of this region by engaging with the world agricultural production of biofuels for sustainable development in the region with sustainable criteria. At the conference, held at the Auditorium of the Senate of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, representatives of major energy companies such as Acciona and Repsol, as well as in agriculture, and researchers in addition to the rector's own university Atazar Ernesto Martinez, who put all the capacity of research teams from the same component of this service.
José Manuel Díaz Salazar said that it is possible to build on a model that reconciles the field of interest with the need for industry to make available to distributors products compatible with the Kyoto commitments. For this model the counselor through the energy crops that are an alternative for thousands of hectares and families living in the area and recalled that Castilla-La Mancha at the moment has two biodiesel plants, Almaden and Santa-Olalla, four eight under construction and planned.
Meanwhile, Eugui Paul, president of the Section of the Biofuels Association of Producers of Renewable Energies-APPA, after presenting a perspective of overall situation of the sector in Europe and put our country as a model in Sweden, the only EU country that has reached the target of 2 percent biofuel by 2005, as posed by the Directive 2003/30/EC. All gas stations in the Scandinavian country, around 4000, now offering a blend of biodiesel to 5 percent, of which 360 rioja andalusia offered 85 percent.
One of the speeches that aroused most interest was that of the representative ACOR cooperative of Castilla y León, Javier Narváez, who described the experience they have launched more than 9,000 cooperatives in April as work began on the biodiesel plant being built in the town of Olmedo and Valladolid sunflower and rapeseed used as feedstock. We know the industry, "said Narvaez, of solid biofuels and biofuels is emerging and will require a maturation process in the fear that the variability of prices, but it is an opportunity for us. To highlight the opportunity of this bet was that if Germany, France and the UK have agreed to enhance the solid and liquid biofuels will be for something. And do not join this challenge we will lose many opportunities.
For his part, Jesus Fernandez, professor of Plant Production at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and president of the Society for the Diffusion of Utilization of Biomass in Spain (ADAB), said that energy crops can ensure the true sustainability and stability of raw material prices in this sector and as a result of research conducted over the past twenty years, expressed as the cardo solid fuel for the production of biodiesel from seed. Jesús Fernández participates in a European project that is studying the cultivation of 100 hectares in Cardo in Beja (Portugal) with very positive results since plants can reach three meters in height is achieved production of 20 tonnes per hectare in rainfed.
Source: Sdeo Communication