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Liquid Wind partners with Umeå Energi

Liquid Wind partners with Umeå Energi
Umeå Energi's Dåva combined heat and power (CHP) plant (photo courtesy Johan Gunséus).

Swedish electro-fuels (eFuels) project developer Liquid Wind AB and compatriot municipal energy provider Umeå Energi AB announce a partnership to develop an electro-fuel facility in Umeå, the third such facility in the country.

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According to a statement, a feasibility study carried out by Liquid Wind in cooperation with Umeå Energi confirms that there are “excellent conditions” for establishing Sweden’s third electro-fuel facility for the maritime sector at the Dåva cogeneration plant in Umeå.

A partnership between Liquid Wind and Umeå Energi is now launched to make the facility a reality. The planned facility is expected to capture 230 000 tonnes per annum of carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce 100 000 tonnes per annum of green electro-fuel for the maritime industry.

We are looking forward to our partnership with Umeå Energi and their future-oriented vision which results in the possibility of jointly establishing the first electro-fuel facility in Region Västerbotten, said Claes Fredriksson, CEO, and founder of Liquid Wind.

The Dåva facility will follow the Örnsköldsvik and Sundsvall facilities already being developed in Västernorrland. The transition to electro-fuels in the maritime sector which uses 300 million tonnes of fossil fuels every year is very urgent. With electro-fuel replacing today’s fossil fuels, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by over 90 percent, Claes Fredriksson said.

In parallel, Umeå Energi is also investigating the possibility to capture the Dåva plant’s fossil CO2 emissions for long-term storage in the bedrock, so-called Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

As an energy company, we play an important role in reducing both society’s climate footprint and the footprint of our operations. Capturing the carbon dioxide from the Dåva cogeneration plant will allow us to take yet another step towards circularity. Umeå Municipality has pledged that the city of Umeå will be climate neutral by 2030 and the municipality itself by 2040. The establishment of an electro-fuel production plant at Dåva could be an important step in that direction, said Jan Ridfeldt, CEO of Umeå Energi.

All documents required for an investment decision are planned to be ready in 2024, with an expected production start in 2026.

This is fantastic news and represents an ambition that could entail a considerable strengthening of Umeå’s green industry. The establishment of the electro-fuel facility would contribute decisively to the municipality’s climate goals. Furthermore, more jobs will be created and through our proximity to a brand-new rail terminal, we will be able to ensure sustainable logistics. This might in turn attract more companies within the sector to establish themselves here. We welcome the establishment of the facility, which will be a great help in developing Umeå’s green industry and Dåva business park, said Hans Lindberg (S), Mayor of Umeå.

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