Uniconfort: an Italian excellence in the world
Veneto-based Uniconfort, one of the world’s three leading companies in its sector, has reached the goal of producing 2,500 solid biomass boilers in 63 years of activity.
This goal also means a 100,000 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions into the environment, equal to the amount emitted from the exhaust pipe of 10,000 cars all around the world.
Uniconfort’s boilers heat companies, swimming pools, hospitals, hotels, stables and farms, as well as districts and entire cities thanks to district heating. In Italy, but especially abroad on the American continent, in Africa, Europe, Asia and the East, the expected export share was 60% at the end of 2013. This is largely due to the company’s ability to innovate in a sector, of energy generated from renewable sources, which often benefits from incentives but is attractive even without support, as it concerns solid biomass.
“Thermal and electrical energy produced by solid biomass is not only environmentally friendly but also very cost-effective, offering savings of up to 50% compared to fossil fuels – explains Davis Zinetti, CEO of Uniconfort – and this is true when burning standard wood chips or pellets purchased on the market but especially when sources of energy are taken into consideration such as waste from agro-forestry companies, the food industry, sawmills and even stables. Such waste materials, which are costly to dispose of, can become zero-cost fuel. Only Uniconfort can develop such a process thanks to technologies that are unique in the world and to our ability to innovate, which, together with our reliable and top-quality systems, makes us a special competitor in this sector in the global market”.
Russia, London, Spain...
For example, in Russia, Gazprom, the oil and gas giant, has commissioned Uniconfort to supply a district heating system that serves Severoonezhsk, a city with a population of 200,000 to the north of St. Petersburg. The system is powered by processing waste from the sawmills on the outskirts of the city: dozens of piles of waste up to 500 metres high, which nobody knew how to eliminate, have become a zero-cost fuel.
A Uniconfort boiler heats the royal stables in London by burning horse compost (straw, manure and sawdust), whereas a similar plant is used at the largest stables in Kentucky (USA).
Some mushroom farms in Ireland heat their greenhouses with spent mushroom compost, whereas a Uniconfort heater supplies energy and heat, using eucalyptus bark, to produce pellets at a company in Spain, thus contributing to the economic revival of an entire town.
Finally, an important company in Moldavia, a producer of fruit juices and concentrates, burns tonnes of waste such as pips, peel and stalks to power its processes.