In Sweden, Fuelwood Group AB is building a 70 000 tonnes per annum wood pellet plant in Söderhamn that is based on modular technology developed by German engineering company Rematec GmbH & Co. KG. Finland-headed industrial energy utility Adven Oy has been selected to build and operate a 3 MW biomass heat plant for the project.
Fuelwood Group is a Swedish company that has long experience in pellet production and technology. The company decided to embark on an innovative modular pellet technology based on Rematec’s solution whereby the production units are installed as modules and therefore allow flexibility in the choice of plant location as well as the option of increasing capacity.
The pellets will be produced from locally sourced by-products from wood industry and sawmills. Adven will build a 3 MW boiler plant, a dryer with an evaporation capacity of 8 tonnes per hour, a storage system and a substation for energy supply. The new plant will produce about 70 000 tonnes of pellets per year.
Fuelwood’s spokesman Anders Mood said in the process of choosing a partner that Adven’s determination in business and technical matters, as well as flexibility, became decisive:
Adven is a strong player in energy production and distribution in the Nordic and Baltic regions. We chose them as a partner because, in addition to their significant investments in energy production, they also showed a deep understanding of pellet production processes. We ended up with a very good solution for us, where Adven provides also the drying of raw material which is needed in pellet production, said Anders Mood.
Adven’s cross border team has been working with the project and it is led by the Adven Estonia team. According to Adven’s Energy Solutions Expert, Kevin Vaher, both companies value environmental friendliness.
Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint in pellet production. The way Fuelwood will efficiently utilize industry residues, while simultaneously reducing the transportation distances of raw materials, is very compatible with our understanding of sustainable business. We are very pleased to be involved and to contribute to the development of the pellet industry with a technological breakthrough, said Kevin Vaher.
Mood said that the Söderhamn plant is just a beginning.
In the future, we want to expand our business further in Sweden. When, where and how is too early to say, but we have a target, ended Anders Mood.