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E.ON to invest in Swedish closed-loop waste recycling and energy facility

E.ON Sverige has announced that it will invest SEK 2.5 billion (≈ EUR 263 million) in a closed-loop waste recycling and energy plant at Högbytorp, northwest Stockholm. The investment includes a biogas plant and a thermal combined heat and power (CHP) plant to be built adjacent to a Ragn Sells recycling depot at the site.

A schematic of material flows (in Swedish) of E.ON Sverige's closed-loop waste recycling and energy plant to be built in northwest Stockholm (illustration courtesy E.ON/TT Nyhetsbyrå).

A schematic of material flows (in Swedish) of E.ON Sverige’s closed-loop waste recycling and energy plant to be built in northwest Stockholm (illustration courtesy E.ON/TT Nyhetsbyrå).

E.ON Sverige, the Swedish subsidiary of German-headed energy major E.ON AG, has announced that it will SEK 2.5 billion (≈ EUR 263 million) in a closed-loop waste recycling and energy plant at Högbytorp in Upplands-Bro municipality in northwest Stockholm. The investment includes a biogas plant with upgrading top biomethane and a thermal combined heat and power (CHP) plant to be built adjacent to a Ragn Sells recycling depot at the site.

– We integrate recycling and energy recovery on the same geographical location. The materials that cannot be reused or recycled become biogas, electricity and heat. Biogas production in turn generates digestate for agriculture while the ash from the combustion goes back to materials recycling. We are building a loop in which one man’s residues becomes resources for another, explained Stefan Håkansson, Acting President of Customer Solutions and Country Manager Sweden.

The investment is another step in developing Högbytorp to a future oriented resource recovery facility.

– The goal for E.ON in Sweden is that all our energy will come from recycled or renewable sources. The establishment of Högbytorp is an important step towards that goal, said Håkansson.

In conjunction with the new CHP plant, E.ON’s district heating networks in Upplands-Bro and Järfälla municipalities will be connected, and a number of existing older heat plants will be taken out of service in order to free up land for other purposes.

– With investment in Högbytorp we can meet the need for sustainably produced energy from a growing Stockholm region and help develop Upplands-Bro municipality, said Stefan Håkansson.

The biogas plant is expected to be operational in 2018 and the CHP plant is expected to be operational in 2019. Three existing heating systems in Kungsängen and Bro will then be decommissioned.

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