The plant in Vàƒ¤rtan is operated by Fortum Vàƒ¤rme, a joint venture between Finnish energy company Fortum and the City of Stockholm, and it will start commercial production in the autumn.
Fortum Vàƒ¤rme said the plant will reduce emissions in the Stockholm area by 126,000 tonnes per year.
Managing director Anders Egelrud said:à‚ ‘After a long process, one of the world’s biggest biomass-fired combined heat and power plants has now been inaugurated. This is an important step towards a sustainable energy system in Stockholm and in Europe.’
Karin Wanngàƒ¥rd, finance commissioner of the city of Stockholm, said that with the new plant, ‘90% of Fortum Vàƒ¤rme’s energy production is based on renewable and recovered energyà‚ sources. That is quite unique. Our goal is naturallyà‚ 100% renewable production.’
Fortum’sà‚ president Pekka Lundmark said thatà‚ ‘high emissions andà‚ low efficiency of heating, cooling and electricityà‚ productionà‚ are typical problems inà‚ growingà‚ urban areas’.à‚
‘Together with the City of Stockholm, we are taking stepsà‚ towardsà‚ aà‚ circular economy by utilising biomass, waste and recoveredà‚ heat from dataà‚ centres in energy production.à‚ Biomass is a renewable, largely local and carbon-neutral energy source.à‚ Its use increases the share of domestic energy resources particularly in Northernà‚ Europe,à‚ andà‚ ità‚ is an importantà‚ building block of aà‚ sustainable energy system andà‚ bio economy.’ à‚