The Prime Minister of Turkey visited Fortum on the theme of renewable energy and Swedish green tech

As part of the state visit to Sweden, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan payed a visit to Fortum and the combined heat and power plant (CHP) “Värtaverket” in Stockholm. On site he took a tour of the facility and took part in a dialogue around Fortum’s commitment to renewable and recycled energy.

Värtaverket plays an important role in the development of a sustainable city, both historically, in the present, and in the future. During Erdogan’s visit, apart from CHP, wave power, hydro power, waste to energy, and solar power was also showcased.

Renewable energy and a careful use of the earth’s resources are crucial in order to limit our impact on the climate. Our investments in renewable and recycled energy sources create possibilities to develop sustainable cities, says Anders Egelrud, CEO, AB Fortum Värme samägt med Stockholms stad who was hosting the visit.

Four different energy solutions were shown

At this very moment, the construction of the biggest bio-fuelled CHP in Europe is on-going, an investment of 4.4 billion Swedish Kronor. Residual products from the forest industry such as bark, twigs, and wood chips, will be transformed into 750 GWh electricity and 1 700 GWh heat annually when the new facility is taken into operations in 2016. The renewable heat and electricity will reduce emissions of CO2 both locally in the Stockholm region, and also in the electricity production system of northern Europe, by 650 000 tonnes (more than the entire traffic of Stockholm emits in six months). Apart from the new CHP plant, Fortum also showed the bio oil that the company manufactures in the new integrated pyrolysis facility under construction in Finnish Joensuu. In that plant residual wood chips will be transformed into renewable bio-oil at the same time as electricity and heat is produced. The facility, which will soon be taken into operations will be able to produce 50 000 tonnes of oil annually.

Prime Minister Erdogan was also shown a model of three wave power projects that Fortum is involved in. Wave power has an estimated potential to cover around 15% of the world’s electricity need and is one of the R&D areas that Fortum is committed to.  Right now Fortum with the support of the Energy Agency of Sweden, are building a wave power plant in Sotenäs on the west coast of Sweden. When ready it will be the biggest of its kind in the world with ca 350 interconnected wave energy buoys, with a total effect of ca 10 MW.

Hydro power is our most important renewable energy source and constitutes about a third of Fortum’s electricity production. Hydro power is becoming increasingly important in its regulatory capacity as more and more wind and solar energy enters the system. This in turn demands advanced monitoring and optimisation of the production, and the Turkish delegation got a sample of how the monitoring and optimisation of hydro power, district heating, and district cooling is done.

Modern cities and societies generate a large amount of waste, and by burning sorted waste we can make use of energy that otherwise would be lost while at the same time reducing the need for other fuels. Sorted waste and modern separation and purification techniques allows for dangerous substances, such as heavy metals, to be separated and stopped from leaking into nature, which is a big problem connected to traditional waste handling. In modern CHP facilities the emissions of metals and organic compounds into the air are down on levels so low that they almost defy what’s measurable. During the visit Fortum showed some of the products that are separated from the waste and recycled, as well as what’s left after the energy in the waste has been turned into heat and electricity.

The attention we are getting today is a recognition that we are on the right track. It strengthens and encourages us to continue our journey towards becoming completely resource and climate neutral, says Anders Egelrud

For more information please contact:

Anette Ullskog, head of communications Fortum Värme, +46 72 509 33 36
Alexandra Hempel Svenonius, communications unit , Fortum Värme, +46 722 028 224
Christina Almgren, press officer, Fortum Sweden, +46 725 157 806