In Finland, forest industry and technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it will deliver an automation system to compatriot Fortum Oyj’s heating and cooling business in Finland. Valmet’s advanced technology will enable Fortum to develop and optimize its district heating system in Espoo, Kauniainen, and Kirkkonummi through better management, leading to flexibility and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Valmet’s turnkey delivery, the value of which has not been disclosed, includes a Valmet DNA User Interface (DNA UI) operations system to Fortum’s Suomenoja combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Espoo.
This plant is already run with Valmet’s DNA technology while additionally, the delivery includes virtual servers to Fortum’s Keilalahti server room as well as installation and commissioning. The automation delivery will be handed over to Fortum in late March 2022.
Our goal is to increase the degree of automation of our district heating system to achieve automated steering of our plants and network. In the future, balancing district heat production and demand will become more complex, meaning that we need automation to manage the system, said Lauri-Juhani Heino, Development Manager at Fortum.
Valmet DNA UI adapts the shown information based on the needs of various users and user groups. Built with the latest web technologies, DNA UI comes with secure web-based access that enables the plant teams to access relevant information whenever they need it, regardless of their location.
Valmet’s technical solution supports Fortum’s business and decarbonization goals very well by offering the right tools to better manage the district heating network, said Tom Bäckman, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.