Torres Anyó will have two biomass boilers (with pellet fuel) made by the company Herz, which will provide the apartments in the three buildings with heat and domestic water.
Torres Anyó has a contract with Ecotècnic – specialists in renewable energy – who are well-known in Andorra and will supply and guarantee the smooth running of this infrastructure that is so valuable to the property owners.
But does a biomass boiler really save energy and money?
The cost of fuel in buildings with central heating barely makes up half of the annual expenses of the residents’ association. Heating and hot water make up a large part of the annual budget, not counting electricity, maintenance or installation costs.
One of the options for buildings with this heating system is to change the type of fuel and, therefore, the type of boiler used to date. Although the use of other types of fuel like mains gas enables consumers to save up to a certain point, according to the Spanish Organisation of Consumers and Users, it is worth acknowledging that other systems, such as pellet fuel boilers allow for much greater savings, enabling annual fuel costs to be reduced by up to half, not to mention the environmental benefits that such a system brings with it.
The cost reduction is around 50%. As well as saving money, there are other advantages to biomass boilers such as local development and environmental benefits, and the fact that they can be installed in any building regardless of whether there is an existing energy supply such as mains gas.
The installation of a biomass boiler in a building with central heating brings with it a series of advantages such as:
As we mentioned above, it is possible to reduce communal annual fuel costs by half.
Zero emissions are released into the atmosphere as the carbon dioxide released during combustion is equivalent to that emitted by the plants used to make the fuel.
One example is mains gas. There are places that the mains gas network doesn’t reach, so the installation of a biomass boiler is an extremely interesting option given that the fuel it requires can be transported anywhere.
From fine pellets to olive pits, firewood, wood chips, etc., several types of fuel can be used in the same boiler.
A biomass boiler improves the energy rating, which results in a change in value if the building is sold in the future.
As biomass boilers run on branches, leaves, wood chips, wood, etc. they help to keep the mountains clean and therefore reduce the risk of fires. Likewise, they help local development by creating new jobs related to biomass collection and production.