Againity's David Frykerås and Elin Ledskog recipients of Jan Häckner's Bioenergy Award 2019
David Frykerås and Elin Ledskog from the Swedish Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology developers Againity AB are this year's winners of the Jan Häckner Bioenergy Award. The award ceremony took place during the Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) annual general meeting and seminar held in Stockholm on May 8, 2019.
In the form of a scholarship, the award is given in recognition of an individual that through his or her efforts in research, innovation or business development, has promoted the increased use of bioenergy in a sustainable way.
I am thrilled over this award. David and I would never be able to get to here where we are today without our fantastic employees at Againity. We are currently ten staff in the office and in the workshop in Norrköping and everyone is an extremely important part in order for us to be able to do what we do. I also want to thank the heating companies that were at the forefront and dared to invest in this technology, said Elin Ledskog, Head of Market & Sales during the award ceremony at Svebio’s annual meeting in Stockholm on May 8.
Founded by CEO David Frykerås in 2013, Againity has developed and commercialized Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology in the 50-500 kW electrical output range. This (waste) heat to power technology makes it possible for biomass heat plants in Sweden, and elsewhere, to upgrade to become combined heat and power (CHP) plants.
Together with Joakim Wren from Linköping University, David Frykerås developed and patented an ORC turbine whereas Elin Ledskog conducted her bachelor thesis at Againity before subsequently becoming a co-owner and is in charge of the company’s market development.
The jury motivation for this year’s Jan Häckner Bioenergy Award recipient is as follows:
The company Againity has in a short time established itself as an important supplier of equipment for small-scale electricity production that can be used at existing heating plants. The technology is ORC turbine that can utilize the energy of hot water. David Frykerås is the constructor behind the facilities and Elin Ledskog is an enthusiastic and technically knowledgeable marketer. Today there are Againity facilities in a number of towns and new ones are being added. One of the first plants is in Bräkne-Hoby and is part of Energikontor Sydost project for small-scale CHP. It shows very positive operating data and with high availability. Facilities are also in operation in Norrköping Katrineholm, Örkelljunga, Hörby and Töreboda. A new plant will be added in Moheda.
Againity has currently installed ten plants in Sweden and has an eleventh plant being built in Norway. According to Elin Ledskog, there are still about 400 biomass-fired heat plants in Sweden that could start producing electricity using ORC technology.