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Petro Bio supplies pellet burners for new Norwegian district heat plant

Sweden-based pellet combustion technology providers Petro Bio AB, a Vyncke company, has revealed that it was selected to supply two wood powder burners for a new pellet-fired district heat plant project in the Norwegian municipality of Jessheim.

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An artist’s rendering of new apartment developments in Jessheim, Norway (image courtesy PetroBio).

Jessheim is located between the Norwegian Capital Oslo and Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL) and is a medium-sized city that is growing steadily on account of its proximity to Oslo and the airport. Therefore, heating is now needed to heat both households and offices.

A year ago, Jessheim Municipality made the decision to invest in a sustainable district heating solution, and the choice ultimately fell on Solør Bioenergi A/S for the heat supply contract. Petro Bio was through the Swedish consulting company Calambio Engineering, selected to supply the two burners, 4.4 MW and 6.7 MW respectively, to Solør Bioenergi.

The project started last fall and both burners have been installed. The start of operations is scheduled for the end of summer 2020.

We are pleased that more and more people are demanding our solutions. Historically, district heating systems have often been based on cheap fossil fuels. We now see that more and more people are switching to high-quality sustainable fuels. And that is exactly the conversion, from fossil fuels to sustainable fuels, that we are experts on. And the benefits are many, not least for the environment, said Daniel Persson, Sales Manager at Petro Bio.

Future-proofed for expansion

The project in Jessheim is part of a long-term expansion plan, where the municipality invests in sustainable district heating to heat the area. Petro Bio’s delivery is designed so that its systems are prepared for increased capacity and expansion in the future when that need arises.

The project is one of several that Petro Bio is implementing in Norway. Petro Bio’s increased presence in Norway is largely due to its low-maintenance and flexible solutions, where they often can, among other things, retrofit existing boiler equipment to use more sustainable systems. Also contributing is new legislation in Norway that prohibits the use of fossil fuels such as heating oil for heating purposes.

PetroBio sees that the trend towards more sustainable combustion is also taking place in Sweden and that demand for their solutions is also increasing.

The residents of the Jessheim community will, starting this summer, have hot water delivered to their homes, which come from sustainable and green fuel. This is because Solør Bioenergi chose to invest in wood powder as fuel and ultimately chose us at PetroBio as the supplier of the powder burners. With political will and continued smart solutions, we can also heat Swedish communities with green and future-proof fuel, remarked Andrej Dembek, Project Manager at Petro Bio.

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