Finland firms to collaborate on biomass-fired boiler plant

Finnish energy technology developer Valmet announced that it will be supplying a biomass-fired boiler plant to fellow Finland-based electricity and heating company Elenia Lämpö Oy for its power plant in Hämeenlinna, Finland.

According to Valmet, the investment will allow Elenia Lämpö to raise the share of used renewable fuels in the city’s district heat production to over 80% as well as raise the efficiency of its heat production.

“This is a repeat boiler order to the same power plant, which shows the customer's trust in Valmet's biomass-fired HYBEX technology for heat-only applications,” said Frank Ligthart, Valmet director of Heat and Power Plants.

Assembly on the new boiler will begin in the fall of 2019 to follow with the target of beginning operations at the plant in 2020.

“With this significant investment, we will implement our company's strategy to go for environmentally friendly energy solutions and improve our energy efficiency,” said Matti Tynjälä, managing director of Elenia Lämpö.

“Also, the investment will further increase our share of renewable fuels, in which we are clearly forerunners in Finland. The project will create jobs in our area during the construction period and later for fuel deliveries. Fuel will be purchased from as close to the plant as possible.”

The plant itself will use wood-based fuels, sourcing local forest residues as well as sawdust and bark from the wood industry.

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