Vattenfall inaugurates biomass heat plant in Sweden

Vattenfall’s new 110 MW biomass heat plant in Sweden has been inaugurated and entered operation.

The Carpe Futurum facility in Uppsala can use wood chips, recycled biomass and bark in various combinations. It will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 200,000 tonnes per year, compared with when peat and other fossil fuels were used.

The plant is located in Vattenfall’s main heat plant in Uppsala, 70 km north of Stockholm. It forms an essential part of a major transformation programme, costing around SEK 3.5 billion (€300 million), to phase out fossil fuels from the heat production in Uppsala.

The heat is distributed to around 76,000 households and heating customers in Vattenfall’s district heating network in Uppsala.

“Carpe Futurum is a milestone in Vattenfall’s work to phase out fossil fuels in its Swedish heat operation by 2025 and to reach net-zero emissions within the entire company by 2040,” said Ulrika Jardfelt, head of Vattenfall Business Area Heat.

“The new facility is a major step to replace peat with new fossil-free heat production that is based entirely on renewable and recycled fuels.”

Erik Pelling, Mayor of Uppsala, said: “Uppsala welcomes Vattenfall’s new heating plant that is completely in line with Uppsala’s climate protocol and the city’s goal of being fossil-free by 2030. We look forward to continued initiatives that can reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to Uppsala becoming climate-positive by 2050.”

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