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When Iggesund Paperboard’s Workington Mill in Cumbria, UK, took the decision to invest in a bio mass boiler in order to switch its energy sourcing from fossil fuels to biomass, they immediately started to plan for the future needs of fuel. One project, Grow Your Income, was to engage and interest local farmers to start growing willow to be delivered as biomass to the mill. The programme has been well received and is growing.

Some of the benefits for local farmers in Cumbria & the borders include a secure, long term regular income, increased farm biodiversity and provides land protection, e.g. soil erosion and management of environmental pollution such as excess run-off. SRC willow crop can even give bees a good source of pollen early on in the season. SRC willow crop can help farmers realise diversification by providing an additional good and reliable source of income on part of their land, thereby improving profitability and enabling sustainable supply of food when world market affects food income. 

Working with farmers and land owners is the task of Neil Watkins, Alternative Fuels Manager at Iggesund Paperboard’s mill in Workington, England. The mill produces Incada, a high quality folding box board, FBB.

“We have to appreciate that this takes time and involves major decisions,” he explains, summing up the four years he has worked with the project so far. “Investing in energy crops is a twenty-year commitment so of course people want to feel they are doing the right thing. Interest is growing and the number of farmers planting new SRC Willow crops is increasing each year, especially since SRC Willow energy crops offer the farmer a way to diversify without taking on much risk.”

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So far the mill received over 26 000 Tonnes of Willow chip added in to the fuel mix, which is much more willow than was expected early on in the project. It also has a growing list of farmers and landowners who are planning to plant willow within the Grow Your Income programme this year and in 2017.

“And that only involves a small fraction of the planted areas we’ve helped to create, because it takes three years to reach the first harvest,” says Managing Director Ulf Löfgren, who helped to initiate the whole project. “From 2016 onwards we’re expecting more volumes but we’ve already received more biomass from energy crops than we expected.”

The project was launched due to a dramatic shift in the energy supply of Iggesund’s paperboard mill in Workington. The company invested 108 million pounds to build a new biomass-fuelled CHP plant, which went online March 2013. Overnight the mill’s fossil carbon emissions were reduced to zero. At the same time the mill’s need for pure biomass went up by 500,000 tonnes a year.

The mill had already secured a sufficient biomass supply for the next several years but wanted to plan for the long term. Iggesund saw the opportunity to develop a new source of biomass in SRC energy crops. In its structure plan for Cumbria the UK environment department, DEFRA, has singled out parts of the county as being highly suitable for growing such crops. “The willow plants that we recommend are also very suitable to wetter unproductive ground, so they do not compete with food production,” Neil Watkins says.

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Previous energy crop projects in Cumbria have failed due to their unpredictable harvesting costs. Biomass prices have been good but the costs of harvesting and transporting the crop to the customer have more or less erased farmers’ profits.

This was where Iggesund Workington saw new possibilities. The company already has its own forestry harvesting service plus an extensive timber transport network throughout northern England and southern Scotland. Iggesund is also part of the Holmen Group, one of Sweden’s biggest forest owners. So both the knowledge and resources for the harvesting of forest raw materials were readily available.

On this basis the company developed an offer to farmers. Iggesund takes responsibility both for the harvesting costs and for transporting the crop, while also guaranteeing farmers a return on their investment, which is index linked during the contract period, currently 22 years.

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“We provide advice, financial support for the change-over, and a harvesting and transport service – all based on long-term contracts,” Watkins explains. “Our offer – which we’ve named ‘Grow Your Income’ – is a particularly attractive solution for older farmers interested in less work-intensive crops.”

Iggesund Paperboard has been one of Workington’s biggest employers since the end of the 1980s. Since the turn of the millennium the company has invested almost 200 million pounds to develop its paperboard manufacturing process. Three years ago Iggesund made one of its smaller investments over the years – it planted an energy crop on the ten hectares of land surrounding the mill. The crop will be harvested for the first time in the winter of 2016.

“We’re keen to show people that we believe in growing energy crops and we also want a demonstration facility so we can show visitors exactly how it’s done,” Watkins concludes. “And we’re counting on making a profit from it, too.”

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    ]]> (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 11 May 2016 08:55:54 +0200
    Sun and wind instead of gas

    Fossil fuels will become increasing scarce in the future. So we are investigating the possibility of using all kinds of alternatives to gas as an energy source, such as biomass, solar energy and wind energy for producing green electricity. Ideally, we wish to install solar panels on the factory roof above our Converting section in the foreseeable future and we may participate in a wind turbine farm that is likely to be built locally.

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    Company Buyer Frank Bosmans: “Last year, we arranged a brainstorming session on satisfying our future energy needs. We have now seriously looked into a number of possibilities that match our sustainability vision, but have not yet taken concrete action. Solar panels and wind turbines are ideal methods for generating green electricity. We are investigating whether the roof and roof support structure above the Converting section are suitable for installing solar panels.”

    As a leader in CSR, we want to make a statement, says Bosmans. “The most sustainable scenario is that we will be able to operate independently of fossil fuels at our production site. We are looking at the feasibility and financial viability of introducing power to heat as a method of exclusively using sustainably generated electricity in our production process. However, this is still very much a future scenario as our investigation has just started.

    We consume 13.5 million cubic metres of gas annually. Most of this gas, 11 million m3 in fact, is used in our combined heat and power plant to produce the steam required to dry our paper. This plant also gives us the capability of generating approximately 25 to 30 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity as a source of power for our machines. That is still insufficient however, and we have to purchase a further 12 million kWh elsewhere.

    We are also interested in wind turbines. Plans for building an energy park on the Roerstreek industrial estate in Roermond are currently being drawn up and reviewed. Frank Bosmans: “We are investigating the possibilities for participating in this project. However, among other factors, that will depend on whether the government is prepared to invest in the project.”

    Five wind turbines are already operating at the Neer wind farm in central Limburg. The fifth unit was installed by Windmolencoörperatie Zuidenwind in September. Private individuals and companies can still invest in this last wind turbine. Frank Bosmans: “Investing in a wind turbine delivers a better return than putting money in a savings account. In addition, your investment contributes to producing more sustainable energy in Limburg in the future. So we actively give our employees information about this investment opportunity.”   

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      ]]> (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 11 May 2016 07:10:29 +0200
      Kemira shortlisted in the EU Sustainable Energy Awards

      Logo slogan below kemiraKemira's site in Helsingborg, Sweden has been shortlisted in the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2016 for industrial symbiosis that facilitates sharing recovered energy from industrial processes.

      Kemira's site in Helsingborg operates under the name of Industry Park of Sweden (IPOS). The business idea of IPOS is industrial symbiosis, which means that all businesses based in the industry park cooperate in order to achieve resource efficiency, reduce costs and to minimize their environmental impact. The site currently hosts around 20 different companies within chemical and food industry, logistics and service. All companies within the park collaborate around energy, material, utilities, logistics, infrastructure and services.

      An important part of the industrial symbiosis is sharing of the recovered energy from Kemira's own processes. Today, 600 GWh of energy is recovered every year to replace the consumption of primary fuels not only for Kemira but also for the companies within IPOS and Helsingborg City. This recovered energy is the base load of the district heating network in Helsingborg, accounting for 1/3 of the total yearly heat demand.

      As Kemira's recovered energy is produced by exothermal reactions and by heat recovery from product flows it does not generate any CO2 emissions. If the corresponding volume of energy were to be produced by for example natural gas, yearly emissions would be 120 000 tons CO2 per year.

      "Our aim has been to create added value and to reduce costs and environmental impact by innovative cooperation", says Lennart Albertsson , Director, Pulp & Paper, Kemira Helsingborg.

      The EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognize outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables. Around 200 submissions for the 2016 Awards have been evaluated, and the nominees have been chosen from a shortlist of the year's most successful projects for clean, secure and efficient energy in three categories: Consumers, Businesses and Public sector. Three winners among nine nominees will be unveiled on 14 June as part of the 2016 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels.

      For more information, please contact

      Kemira Oyj
      Lennart Albertsson, Director, Pulp & Paper, Helsingborg
      Tel. +46 4217 1467

      Tero Huovinen, SVP, Communications & Corporate Responsibility
      Tel. +358 10 862 1980

      Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries. We provide expertise, application know-how and chemicals that improve our customers' water, energy and raw material efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil & gas, mining and water treatment. In 2015, Kemira had annual revenue of EUR 2.4 billion and around 4,700 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.


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        ]]> (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 04 May 2016 09:20:57 +0200
        Emerson announces new energy management information system for real-time insight into energy performance
        Energy Advisor helps process manufacturers reduce energy costs by up to 10% annually through improved energy targeting and utilization

        epmlogoEmerson Process Management, a business of St. Louis-based Emerson (NYSE: EMR), today unveiled Energy Advisor, a real-time energy management information system that automates the process of monitoring and managing energy consumption across mills, plants, and refineries. With real-time, meaningful information about a site’s energy performance, process manufacturers can identify inefficiencies and irregularities and take corrective action, saving on average 5 to 10 percent in energy costs annually.

        “To increase energy productivity and eliminate waste, manufacturers need more than historical data. They need real-time insight into what is going on to drive continuous improvement behavior. That is what Energy Advisor delivers.”

        In energy-intensive process industries like chemical, metals and mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and refining, where energy is often 30 to 50 percent of their operating expense, these savings can have a significant impact on the bottom line.

        “Energy Advisor is a natural extension to Emerson’s Smart Energy Management portfolio,” said Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer, Emerson Process Management. “In 2011, we announced the company’s commitment to improving our customers’ industrial energy efficiency and we began focusing on how to help our customers best optimize combustion processes, steam systems, and on-site electrical generation. In 2013, Emerson unveiled its pervasive sensing strategy that extends wireless technologies beyond process controls to include the extensive use of wireless sensors to monitor energy consumption in our customers’ operations. Energy Advisor leverages this technology with analytics to provide visualization of the full energy picture, helping companies make smarter decisions with real-time insight into site-wide energy performance.”

        ComputerMonitor EnergyAdvisor

        Energy Advisor pulls energy data from various sources, including (but not limited to) Emerson’s DeltaV™ and Ovation™ distributed control systems, as well as its wireless infrastructure, to provide real-time analysis and historical context. Using Emerson’s unique process models, manufacturers are now able to analyze and compare three critical items: the amount of energy a system is designed to use, what it has used over time, and what it is consuming in the moment.

        “Many manufacturers are looking at their energy performance, but it is usually in hindsight and is often an incomplete picture, with data culled from disparate sources,” said Barbara Hamilton, energy management program manager at Emerson Process Management. “To increase energy productivity and eliminate waste, manufacturers need more than historical data. They need real-time insight into what is going on to drive continuous improvement behavior. That is what Energy Advisor delivers.”

        Energy Advisor integrates seamlessly with current site control and information systems, allowing a straight-forward and cost-effective implementation. Key features of the technology include:

        • Consumption Monitoring: identifies and logs root causes for energy over-consumption events
        • Data Integrity Checker: verifies integrity of energy data before it is used
        • Energy Target Calculator: creates models from past historical data to predict target energy consumption. Optional process models from Emerson provide theoretical targets as well as other energy-related performance indicators
        • Standard Reports: including cost per unit of production, energy performance trends, and electrical demand cost.

        About Emerson Process Management

        Emerson Process Management (, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb™, Syncade™, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Bettis™, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Daniel™, Ovation™ and AMS Suite.

        About Emerson

        Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2014 were $24.5 billion. For more information, visit

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 (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 05 May 2015 08:30:50 +0200
          Valmet to deliver a biomass based boiler plant to Nokianvirran Energia

          Valmet will deliver a boiler plant that utilizes biomass to Nokianvirran Energia in Finland. Valmet announced the signing of a letter of intent for the delivery on November 25, 2014. Valmet's delivery will include a HYBEX boiler with a steam power of 68 megawatts (MW) that employs the fluidized bed technology, flue gas purification equipment, and the plant's electrification and automation system.

          The boiler plant will be delivered for a new steam heat station to be built in Nokia. The total value of Nokianvirran Energia's investment is approximately EUR 45 million, of which the value of Valmet's delivery is slightly more than a half. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received.

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          The boiler plant will be constructed inside an existing boiler building, in the middle of the photo, from where an old coal-fired boiler, delivered by Tampella in 1963, will be demolished. 

          The new boiler plant will utilize local fuels

          The new heating station will produce process steam for the SCA Hygiene Products paper mill and the Nokian Renkaat factory, as well as district heat for Leppäkosken Lämpö's district heat customers. The fossil natural gas previously used for energy production will be replaced with more affordable biofuels, such as timber chips and whole tree chips. In addition, the boiler can utilize milled peat and sludge from the paper mill.

          Leppäkosken Lämpö distributes the district heat produced by the power plant to its customers through its network. "This investment will especially improve the price competitiveness of district heat compared with other heating methods," says Juha Koskinen, the managing director of Leppäkosken Lämpö.

          For SCA, which manufactures tissue, the investment will decrease the company's dependence on fossil natural gas. In addition the de-inking sludge derived from the tissue mill can also be used for energy production at the new power plant.

          For Nokian Renkaat, the power plant will bring cost benefits, and additionally reduces the greenhouse gas emissions of the production process.

          Technical information about Valmet's delivery

          Nokianvirran Energia Oy's current plant consists of two gas-fired boilers with a steam power of 57 and 110 MW. The new 68 MW plant to be constructed will be integrated with the existing power plant. As gas is replaced by biofuels, carbon dioxide emissions in the area will decrease by 60,000-80,000 tons per year.

          Valmet has delivered several fluidized bed boilers of nearly the same capacity to district heating plants and industrial facilities. "Stricter emission standards and the need for using affordable bio and recycled fuels that are more demanding in terms of corrosion, present new challenges for the boiler design. The design work for Nokianvirran Energia's new boiler has mostly been completed, and the manufacturing has been started at Valmet's Lapua workshop. According to the project schedule, steam production will begin in the spring of 2016," says Jari Niemelä, Sales Director, EMEA, Valmet.

          Information about Nokianvirran Energia Oy

          Nokianvirran Energia Oy is a joint venture of Oy SCA Hygiene Products Ab, Nokian Renkaat Oy and Leppäkosken Sähkö Oy which is constructing a steam heat station in Nokia to be integrated with the exiting power plant. Once completed, the plant will produce process steam and district heat to its owners and improve the competitiveness of the shareholders' business operations, ensuring more stable energy prices in the long term.

          Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Our 10,500 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day.

          Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Our strong technology offering includes entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production.

          Valmet's net sales in 2014 were approximately EUR 2.5 billion. Valmet's objective is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

          Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
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   (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:09:41 +0100
            Valmet and Nokianvirran Energia sign a letter of intent regarding a boiler plant delivery to Nokia

            signature valmetValmet and Nokianvirran Energia Oy have signed a letter of intent for a delivery of a biomass-fired boiler plant to a new steam heating station in Nokia, Finland. The new heating station will supply process steam to SCA Hygiene Products' paper mill, Nokian Tyres' factory, and district heat to Leppäkosken Sähkö's customers.

            The investment enables the currently used natural gas to be replaced with more cost efficient biofuels, such as forest residue and wood chips. In addition, it is possible to utilize peat and sludge from the paper mill.

            The installation work is scheduled to start in May 2015. The start-up of steam production is scheduled for the spring of 2016. The total value of the investment by Nokianvirran Energia is approximately 45 million euros, out of which the share of Valmet's delivery is slightly more than a half.  

            The new boiler plant will use local fuels

            "With this investment we will be able to reduce the CO2 emissions and to secure competitive energy production for the owners of the company. We trust Valmet's long experience in combustion of demanding biomasses and their ability as a local company to deliver the plant within the very tight schedule," says Leppäkosken Sähkö Oy's Managing Director Juha Koskinen. "This investment will create wellbeing within the entire Pirkanmaa area. Employment created during the building work is estimated at 200-300 man-years. After the plant start-up fuels for the power plant will be acquired in the Pirkanmaa area," Koskinen continues.

            "Replacing fossil fuels, such as natural gas and coal with domestic biofuels is an essential factor in several ongoing energy production projects in Finland. Fuel flexibility is an essential factor in this type of investment decisions. This concerns also the boiler plant that will be delivered to Nokia. The design also takes into consideration a situation in which the boiler needs to be integrated to a steam turbine in order to enable combined electricity and heat production," says Jari Niemelä, Sales Director, Valmet.

            Valmet's delivery includes a HYBEX fluidized bed boiler, the steam value of which is 68 megawatt, flue gas cleaning equipment, electrification and Metso DNA automation system. The boiler plant will be built in an existing boiler building, in which a coal-fired boiler delivered by Tampella and in operation since 1963, will be disassembled.

            Nokianvirran Energia

            Nokianvirran Energia Oy, owned by Oy SCA Hygiene Products Ab, Nokian Renkaat Oy and Leppäkosken Sähkö Oy, is planning to build a bio steam boiler in conjunction to an existing power plant in Nokia. The plant will generate process steam and district heat to its owners. In addition, it will improve the competitiveness of the shareholders' business operations by securing a more stable energy price at long sight.

            Valmet's boiler solution

            Valmet's boiler solution that utilizes fluidized bed technology (BFB) is called HYBEX. Due to its good fuel flexibility, high combustion efficiency, reliability, operability, and low emissions it is one of the leading boilers in the market. Valmet has delivered more than 200 HYBEX boilers and boiler conversions worldwide.

            Further information, please contact:

            Jari Niemelä, Project Sales Director, EMEA, Valmet, tel. +358 10 676 3314

            Juha Koskinen, Managing Director, Leppäkosken Sähkö Oy, tel. +358 44 7503 315

            Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Our 11,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day.

            Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Our strong technology offering includes entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production.

            The company has over 200 years of industrial history and was reborn through the demerger of the pulp, paper and power businesses from Metso Group in December 2013. Valmet's net sales in 2013 were approximately EUR 2.6 billion. Valmet's objective is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

            Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.

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     (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:49:46 +0100
              British Paper Manufacturing Sector Wastes Almost £12 Million A Year On Outdated Energy Sources

              A new report out this week has revealed that the British paper manufacturing sector wastes a huge £12 million each year by using outdated off-mains energy sources.

              • Sector currently spends over £43 million a year on oil
              • Despite falling oil prices, sector could save £11.6 million / year by switching energy sources
              • Switch could reduce industry CO2 emissions by 47,000 tonnes

              The sector currently spends almost £43 million a year on oil for its heating, lighting and manufacturing processes.

              Even though oil prices are currently falling, new research suggests this figure can still be cut dramatically to around £31 million by switching to LPG.

              The wasted spend comes from those companies, who, unable to access mains energy, are using old-fashioned energy supplies like oil. Not only is oil expensive, but is also an inefficient and dirty fuel to burn.

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              The alternative to oil for off-mains energy is LPG, a fuel with a lower cost price, less CO2 emissions and greater efficiency.

              By switching to LPG, the sector could reduce its energy costs on fuel alone by over £9 million, a saving of 22%.

              This saving rises to up to almost £12 million when the oil burning equipment is replaced by the much more fuel efficient LPG burners, giving a total saving of up to 27% when compared to oil.

              With cost savings of up to 27%, when compared to the cost of switching from oil to LPG, the benefits are obvious, with the average business recouping their initial outlay in under a year.

              The benefits of changing fuels aren’t just financial, there are also huge environmental benefits too as the switch to LPG can lead to a massive reduction in the sector’s carbon footprint.

              With the sector currently using almost 800 million KW of energy a year from off-mains resources, generated from over 70 million litres of oil, it is producing the equivalent of 207, 000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

              However, if that energy had been generated from LPG, the equivalent CO2 produced would be just under 160,000 tonnes, a reduction of over 47,000 tonnes of CO2 a year (23%).

              This saving is equivalent to 23,500 flights from London to Sydney, or the weight of 470,000 baby elephants.

              The figures are revealed in the ‘Flogas Energy Expenditure Report’, a piece of research initially carried out by Flogas to provide background information for its sales teams. However, the company was so shocked by the findings, it decided to share them with the sector as a whole.

              This isn’t the only industry where savings could be made, with huge financial and carbon wastage taking place in all other industries using off-mains supplies.

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              However, it appears that many businesses aren’t aware of LPG or they are under the false impression that the switching process is complicated or expensive.

              As the market leaders at converting off-mains businesses from oil to LPG, Flogas are well aware of customer perceptions.

              Commenting on the findings, Lee Gannon, Flogas Managing Director said: “We initially carried out the research purely for internal purposes, but after seeing the figures, we felt the only responsible action was to share them with the industry. These are figures that everyone needs to see. Times are still tough, and there is a greater need than ever for businesses to reduce their energy costs and cut carbon emissions.

              Gannon continued: “We find the biggest reasons that businesses burn oil is a lack of awareness that there is a cheaper, greener alternative, or because they are under the misconception that switching is expensive or difficult. By sharing these figures we hope to help the sector make savings, while at the same time making a large dent in their carbon footprint.”

              About Flogas

              Flogas Britain is a leading UK supplier of LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) with 30 years’ experience of providing alternative energy solutions to domestic and commercial customers in the UK.

              From LPG supply to cutting-edge renewable energies such as solar PV systems and wind turbines, Flogas delivers projects and services that are reliable, safe and expertly managed.

              LPG is used for heating and cooking, industrial processes, and as a fuel for cars, trucks and fork lift trucks. Supply comes from either bulk tanks installed on customer premises or from a range of gas cylinders.

              For more information, please visit

              • Research carried out by Flogas in October 2014
              • Oil price based on an average of the 2013 gasoil price
              • LPG price based on Flogas pricing structure for large usage industrial customers
              • Oil KW calculations based on generation of 11KW per litre of oil
              • LPG KW calculation based on generation of 7.1 KW per litre of LPG
     (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:16:05 +0100
              ANDRITZ to supply new waste-to-energy power plant to Riikinvoima Oy, Finland

              International technology Group ANDRITZ has been selected by the local utility company Riikinvoima Oy to supply a waste-to-energy power plant to Leppävirta, Finland. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016.

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              ANDRITZ will supply a new waste-to-energy power plant to Leppävirta, Finland Photo:Andritz

              The new plant is designed to treat 145,000 tons of waste per year coming from eight local waste management companies. The design capacity is 16 megawatts for electricity and 38 megawatts for district heating.

              ANDRITZ will supply a circulating fluidized bed boiler, waste fuel treatment and flue gas cleaning systems, a steam turbine, electrification, automation, and auxiliary systems. The high efficiency of the boiler plant and the ANDRITZ technology to enhance environmental protection were decisive in the award of this order.

              The ANDRITZ GROUP

              The ANDRITZ GROUP is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed, international technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of around 24,100 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world. The ANDRITZ GROUP ranks among the global market leaders in all four of its business areas. One of the Group’s overall strategic goals is to strengthen and extend this position. At the same time, the company aims to secure the continuation of profitable growth in the long-term.

              ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

              The business area is a leading global supplier of equipment, systems, and services for the production and processing of all types of pulps, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and board; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service range includes modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, service and maintenance, as well as machine transfer and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, gasification plants for energy production, flue gas cleaning plants, production equipment for biofuel (second generation) and biomass pelleting, biomass torrefaction, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, plastic films, and panelboards (MDF), and recycling plants are also allocated to the business area.

              For further information, please contact:

              Oliver Pokorny

              Head of Corporate Communications



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       (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:14:43 +0200
                Cellulose electronics a key factor in new energy storage project
                innventia logoCheap energy storage is leading to smarter energy usage and making it simpler to produce renewable energy. The MODULIT project will develop a new type of storage unit using printed electronics.

                Cellulose electronics[" "1] entails mixing electrically active material with cellulose, a very effective structural material derived, for example, from the forest. Through integrating new functions in the cellulose it is possible to achieve a high level of functionality at a low weight. Above all it involves exploiting the properties in nanocellulose, i.e. cellulose fibres which are finely divided to micro- or nanometre size.

                An interesting area for cellulose electronics is printed electronics. This is the field for the new interdisciplinary research project, MODULIT, which will lead to a new type of cost-effective energy storage unit. Additional energy for emergency exit signs, support for electric cars or as a support function in the electricity grid are just a few examples of areas where the researchers are focusing. Hjalmar Granberg, a materials researcher at Innventia who works with cellulose electronics explains:

                “The grid distributes electricity continuously, however, there are few or no stations which store energy and distribute it optimally when it is most needed. This makes energy production highly inefficient. The storage systems that exist today are both expensive and complicated to manufacture. Our vision is that the entire storage module should be linked up in a printing press, including energy storage unit and balancing circuits. This would mean that we would have everything on a roll, including the balancing circuits that are needed in order to avoid overloading and the module breaking down. Having everything on a roll would mean that we would not need to have all the cables, saving a lot of work in assembling the energy storage module”.

                MODULIT is a collaboration between Acreo Swedish ICT (project management), KTH, Linköping University, Mid Sweden University, Innventia and SICS East Swedish ICT. The project will run for four years with a budget of SEK 16 million funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.

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         (ipmj) Energy News Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:19:21 +0100
                  Future Valmet to sharpen its focus on biomass based energy production business

                  signature valmetMetso's Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, offers biomass, waste and coal based heat and power generation solutions in its energy business. In the field of biomass based energy production solutions, Valmet will sharpen its focus on the product portfolio. In the future, Valmet's offering will cover boiler islands, small power plants based on bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) and BioGrate combustion technologies, and large heating plants based on BFB and pellet technologies.

                  As a result of this process, Valmet will divest its small-scale heating plant business and related services operations in Finland, Russia and Sweden. The price of the transactions will not be disclosed.

                  Transactions in Finland and Russia

                  The small-scale heating plant business in Finland and Russia will be sold to Finnish company KPA Unicon. This business is currently part of MW Power Oy and the revenue of the business has been around EUR 20 million annually. The asset deal covers in Finland the operations in Kiuruvesi, including a production unit, and in Russia the service business in Moscow. The Finnish operations have 68 and Russian operations 4 employees.

                  The scope of the divestment includes small-scale heating plants, typically under 25 MWth, based on BioGrate and pellet technologies, fire-tube oil and gas boilers, and related services.

                  At the same time Valmet and KPA Unicon have signed a cooperation agreement covering development of BioGrate and pellet technologies, production of modules and grate manufacturing.

                  In Finland, the closing of the transaction will happen by the end of January 2014. The Russian service business will be transferred during the first quarter of 2014.

                  Transactions in Sweden

                  Valmet has signed a contract to divest the small-scale heating plant business in Sweden to a part of current MW Power AB management. The MBO (Management Buyout) scope covers the operations in Sävsjö, including a production unit with 42 employees. The closing of the transaction is targeted to happen by early January, 2014.

                  The scope of the divestment includes small-scale pellet heating plants, oil and gas boilers, and related services. The revenue of the business has been around EUR seven million annually.

                  KPA Unicon Group specializes in turnkey boiler plant projects, and operation and maintenance related life cycle services for boiler plants. The goal is to offer complete solutions for the Customer's heat and steam requirements as well as support services during the plant's operating time and maintenance. KPA Unicon Group's turnover in the last financial year (2012) was about 30 million euros and profit about 3.8 million. The Group employs 70 professionals in the field of energy.

                  The head office is located at Pieksämäki, Finland.

                  The future Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Our 11,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day.

                  Valmet's services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Our strong technology offering includes entire pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production.


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           (Ianadmin) Energy News Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:43:37 +0100
                    Metso enters global service partnership with Turbine Services Ltd.

                    Metso and Turbine Services Ltd. (TSL) have entered into a supply agreement according to which the Metso DNA Turbine Automation system can be used on all future projects where TSL supplies turbine components and other materials.

                    "This service partnership is significant for the owners and operators of industrial gas turbines, as it will provide the most up-to-date turbine control solution available that can be combined with any manufacturers' turbine technical know-how, support and services," says Juha-Pekka Jalkanen, Director, Plant Performance Solutions, Automation, Metso.

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                    Happy faces after signing the agreement between Metso and Turbine Services Ltd. Pictured from the left: Eric Chalengeas, Director, Automation Projects EMEA, Automation, Metso; Neil Buckland, Sales Director, EPS, Automation, Metso; David Phillips, Commercial and Deputy General Manager, Turbine Services Ltd.; and Kari Huovila, PAS Head of Sales, EMEA, Automation, Metso..

                    Turbine Services Ltd., based in Glasgow, Scotland, is a global maintenance services provider for original equipment manufacturers' industrial gas turbines. "Our strong capabilities complement Metso's control application expertise, forming a unique service solution for industrial gas turbine owners and operators," says Graham Taylor, General Manager, Turbine Services. "Metso's wide global sales network complements our global presence - and will benefit customers worldwide."

                    All for better gas turbine performance

                    Metso offers a total concept for steam, gas and hydro turbine controllers, including machine monitoring, information management and the possibility to integrate them into a plant-wide distributed control system. Having engineering tools in the control system creates a deeper view into the process.

                    Its concept includes many powerful benefits, one of which is the possibility to perform an online IO exchange on a running control system and machine without jeopardizing the operation of the unit. This saves on downtime costs and lost production while boosting revenues. Other advantages include remote access by Metso specialists for online analysis and support. Metso supports its control systems for at least 25 years and provides them with new software that communicates with the existing system without any need to redesign or re-engineer.

                    "Our gas turbine control solution is more open, more comprehensive and more expandable than other solutions on the market today. For the end customer - the gas turbine owner or operator - this means better gas turbine performance," says Jalkanen.

                    The companies intend to work together to identify new sales opportunities for the products.

                    Turbine Services is a global maintenance services provider to operators of gas turbines, offering an employee skill base in excess of 2,000 man-years of experience in delivering turbine maintenance solutions. With offices and field service teams in the UK, Thailand, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and other regions around the world, Turbine Services, an operating unit of Chromalloy, delivers complete maintenance solutions. More information about Turbine Services is at and

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             (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:44:20 +0100
                      Biofore concept car to premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show next spring

                      The Biofore concept car, a joint production by UPM and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, is to premiere at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show, 6-16 March, 2014. The unique concept car is designed to be a futuristic, street-legal vehicle which demonstrates the use of renewable biomaterials in the automotive industry.

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                      UPM’s sustainable innovations and future professionals from Metropolia are in key role in the Biofore concept car

                      Various parts of the concept car will be made from UPM’s biobased materials – the UPM Formi biocomposite and UPM Grada thermoformable wood material. These materials will significantly improve the overall environmental performance of the car, without compromising quality or safety. The concept car will also be fuelled by UPM BioVerno wood-based renewable diesel. UPM Raflatac label materials will be used to mark spare parts as well as in the interior and exterior design of the car.

                      Exhibiting at a world-class industry event will draw international attention to the concept car, the students and other partners involved in the building process. “From the very beginning we have aimed to showcase the car in Geneva. In fact, we have phased the project accordingly.The car has recently been painted and we are proceeding well with the interior,” states Pekka Hautala, Technology Manager from Metropolia.

                      “Sustainable innovations, close cooperation with future professionals and renewing with courage, have made the concept car a fine manifestation of our Biofore thinking. We are delighted that the highlight of this cooperation will take place at one of the automotive industry’s most esteemed events,” says Elisa Nilsson, Vice President of brand and communications at UPM.     

                      In addition to UPM and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, several other partner companies and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation are involved in the Biofore concept car project.

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               (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:26:12 +0100
                        Institute launch puts Wales one step further to low carbon energy security

                        ESF-smallThe first Institute of its kind dedicated to sourcing and training Wales’ low carbon energy sector workforces of the future will launch today (Wednesday 13 November), in Cardiff.

                        Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates is formally launching the Low Carbon Energy and Marine Power Institute at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre. 

                        The Institute is established by Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills) – the Sector Skills Council for the water, waste management, power, gas and renewables industries - and the National Skills Academy for Power. It aims to boost the Welsh economy by upskilling the current and future workforce of the low carbon energy sector in Wales, where energy generation could grow by 200 per cent by 2023. In helping to establish an infrastructure for the sector, it will also play a vital role in developing workforce skills and plugging an opening UK-wide recruitment gap that could see 208,000 vacancies open in the sector by 2025. 

                        A pilot from Welsh Government, funded through its Sector Priorities Fund (SPF) and with support from the European Social Fund, the Institute is starting life as a ‘virtual’ establishment, operating across universities, colleges and training providers in Wales. Initially, the Low Carbon Energy and Marine Power Institute will support 100 participants on pilot programmes.

                        The Deputy Minister said: “If Wales is to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by renewable energy, then we have to make sure our workforce has the relevant skills and experience. We know there is a skills gap in the renewables sector and that’s why it’s so important we invest in training that aligns with the needs of both employers and learners.

                        “That’s why I’m delighted the new Institute will be a model of partnership working between the sector and learning and training providers across Wales. This represents a real investment in both the future of our workforce and the future of sustainable energy in Wales.”

                        A recent report by EU Skills and RenewableUK, ‘Working for a Green Britain and Northern Ireland 2013-2023’, revealed 18,500 people in the UK are directly employed in the renewable energy sector, with a further 16,000 people in related positions. But projected growth in wind and marine energy generation would leave it unable to source the future workforce from homegrown talent in Wales. 

                        So far, to help tackle this issue, the Institute has developed two new training programmes and five new qualification units and has 24 providers going through the approvals process, to operate under its banner. 

                        EU Skills Chief Executive Neil Robertson said: “Use and generation of energy is changing – the UK is preparing itself to meet Government targets that call for delivery of 15 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020. A significant part of this will be wind and marine power, which is growing at such a rate that by 2023, the UK could require as many as 70,000 people to fill jobs directly in, and related to, the sector.

                        “This Institute is aiming to stop the problem worsening in Wales, ensuring that it has the numbers or people with sufficient skills and experience to provide what the sector needs in the next 10 years. Without proper training and education, we risk our ability to hit Government targets, meet demand for energy supply and develop a sustainable sector that relies on homegrown talent.”

                        The project has been underpinned by research from EU Skills and the Skills Academy for Power, carried out by Miller Research, which highlighted a potential increase in low carbon energy generation from 9GW, to around 28GW. In the wake of this, it exposed workforce planning issues and potential market failures within the sector’s training provision infrastructure in Wales, as the sector struggles to meet demand.

                        Long term, the Institute aims to become a centre of excellence that develops workforce skills in the installation, commissioning and operation of energy generation sites, such as wind farms and tidal power generation sources. Vital skills in the distribution of energy to customers will also be a key focus, with the overall task being to help the sector meet its current and future skills needs. 

                        For more information on the Low Carbon Energy and Marine Power Institute, visit

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                 (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:01 +0100
                          Green Energy Group orders Metso’s valves again for its geothermal power plant installation in Kenya’s-valves-again-for-its-geothermal-power-plant-installation-in-kenya’s-valves-again-for-its-geothermal-power-plant-installation-in-kenya

                          metso logo newMetso has already won its 10th repeat order from the Norwegian company Green Energy Group AS for Neles® rotary control valves and triple eccentric disc valves.

                          The valves were tested in the company's pilot plant in Kenya, where the valves will control the steamy process flow coming from the boreholes drilled into the ground. The loosened soil from the ground can include silica and sand, which sets special requirements on the valves to be able provide accurate control ability in such rough conditions. One of the challenges in these applications is the silica scaling.

                          "Not many valves are able to operate in this type of environment," says Snorri Einarsson, Product Manager, Steam Systems, Green Energy Group AS.

                          "We have also benefited from Metso's Nelprof® valve selection program, which saves time since it is easy to use to calculate flow characteristics. The next step will be to get all the plants hooked up to the Metso FieldCare™ Device and Asset Management software to carry out predictive maintenance with live monitoring of the valve performance," he continues.

                          Green Energy Group is famous for building up geothermal power plants quickly due to its unique modular concept. Traditional deployment of geothermal power plants takes many years, from project start to power online, and requires large investments to complete. Green Energy Group delivers a unique power plant system that is prefabricated in ready modules and commissioned on-site in weeks. This year Green Energy Group is delivering four geothermal power plants and has received an order for five more plants for next year.

                          Metso is the leading valve solutions and services provider. Metso's flow control solutions include control valves, automated on-off and emergency shutdown valves, as well as smart positioners and condition monitoring. Metso's world-leading product brands are Neles®, Jamesbury® and Mapag®.

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                   (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:14:58 +0200
                            Vaskiluodon Voima orders automation retrofit from Metso for its Seinäjoki power plant in Finland

                            Targeting even better availability and safety

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                            Vaskiluodon Voima and Metso have signed an agreement about an extensive automation retrofit at the former's power plant in Seinäjoki, Finland. With the investment, Vaskiluodon Voima replaces the automation system taken into use in 1989 with modern technology that further improves plant availability and safety.

                            "Metso offered a cost-efficient solution. Our choice of supplier was also affected by the fact that we have a long history of cooperation. The most recent example of this can be found at our Vaasa power plant, where we started up the world's largest biomass gasification plant last year for which Metso supplied automation. Additionally, Metso has a lot of know-how about similar update projects," says Mauri Blomberg, Managing Director, Vaskiluodon Voima.

                            The Seinäjoki power plant supplies electricity and district heat locally. Its boiler capacity (steam capacity) is 299 MW, turbine electrical capacity is 125 MW and district heat capacity is 100 MW. The main fuel consists of woodchips and peat. Coal is used as backup fuel at the plant.

                            As part of the investment project, the original automation system at the Seinäjoki CHP plant will be replaced by a Metso DNA system with nearly 7,000 I/Os. Metso will also supply an update to the existing reporting system as well as new automation for the fuel reception, water plant, auxiliary boiler and ash handling. Additionally, the delivery includes an Emission Monitoring application according to the new Industrial Emission Directive. In combustion control, new control methods are utilized to help the plant further improve its emissions control.

                            The turnkey delivery includes automation system engineering, system equipment, installation, testing, commissioning and training. New automation will be taken into use in August 2014.

                            "The change schedule is tight. The work starts in July and will be carried out during a five-week shutdown," says Heikki Mylläri, Sales Director, Metso. "The employment effect of the automation retrofit for Metso is high - altogether 11 man-years."

                            Vaskiluodon Voima Oy is equally owned by EPV Energia Oy and Pohjolan Voima Oy. The company produces power and heat at its power plants in Vaasa and Seinäjoki in Finland.

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                     (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:36:28 +0200
                              Metso to supply biomass-fired heating plant to Elenia Lämpö in Finland

                              Metso will supply a biomass-fired heating plant for district heating production to Elenia Lämpö in Turenki in Finland. The heating plant is scheduled to go on-stream in the early winter of 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

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                              Metso's turnkey delivery will include process equipment, buildings and installation work. The plant will have a heat output of 10 megawatts and will produce hot water for the district heating network of Turenki. The plant will be fired by locally sourced wood-based biomass, such as forest residue and optional also peat.

                              "The new biomass-fired heating plant is in line with our strategy to increase the share of renewable fuels in our district heat production. The plant will significantly lower the volume of CO2 emissions in our heat generation, which further minimizes the environmental footprint of district heat. Using domestic, locally sourced fuels also boosts employment in the region. We additionally want to actively meet the expectations of our customers and other stakeholders to promote sustainable development," says Elenia Lämpö's CEO Matti Tynjälä.

                              "Elenia Lämpö's investment in the heating plant is an excellent example of a project that increases the utilization of local Finnish fuels in an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly manner. The Turenki site highlights the need for a flexible and highly adjustable plant solution that is able to effectively respond to heating needs throughout the year. The advanced BioGrate combustion technology enables a wide selection of fuels, low internal consumption and highly flexible adjustability," says Teemu Koskela, who is in charge of bioheat plant sales at Metso.

                              The order is included in Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power second quarter 2013 orders received.

                              Elenia Lämpö offers environmentally friendly, convenient and competitive heating solutions for the needs of its customers. Elenia Lämpö generates district heat and electricity and sells and distributes district heat and natural gas. The company operates in the areas of Häme, Central Finland, Northern Ostrobothnia and Heinola in Finland.

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                       (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0200
                                Metso wins spare part service contract for Pearl GTL plant in Qatar

                                metso logo newQatar Shell awarded a service contract to Metso supporting an earlier delivery of valves and intelligent positioners to the Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) Project in Ras Laffan Industrial City. Jointly developed by Qatar Petroleum and Shell, Pearl GTL is the largest GTL plant in the world and the largest energy project in the state of Qatar.

                                As part of the capital project, Metso delivered more than two and a half thousand valves and twelve hundred ND9000 positioners. As the plant is designed to run 24/7, Shell is taking the advantage of streamlining the spare part procurement process to ensure competitive pricing and speedy order delivery. The five-year Spare Parts Agreement with Metso covers more than a thousand items.

                                According to Sami Alatalo, Metso Service Manager in Doha, "The agreement provides Shell and their service contractor with a firm basis to plan valve service actions with delivery times and agreed prices. A complete list of tag numbers maintained in the Metso Doha office further ensures that the correct parts will be available when and where needed on a day to day basis as well as during the infrequent major shuts."

                                Pearl GTL is a world-scale project located in Ras Laffan Industrial City, 80 km north of Doha, Qatar. Pearl GTL is the world's largest source of gas-to-liquids (GTL) products, with a design capacity of 140,000 barrels of GTL products and 120,000 barrels natural gas liquids and ethane per day.

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                         (Ianadmin) Energy News Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0200
                                  Biomass plant humming at full capacity

                                  west port logoPOINT TUPPER — The new biomass-fuelled Nova Scotia Power co-generation plant is now humming at full capacity at the Port Hawkesbury Paper site in Point Tupper.

                                  Mark Sidebottom, NSP’s vice-president of power generation and delivery, said on Tuesday the commissioning comes after a 120-hour final testing process last week.

                                  The plant has been under construction for two years and the commissioning process has taken the last six months. The $200-million project came in on budget as expected.

                                  He said it’s expected to produce between three and four per cent of the province’s overall energy needs.

                                  It’s also expected to reach between nine and 12 per cent of NSP’s renewable energy strategy, Sidebottom added.

                                  “It’s coming on just in time for the requirements of 2013, and of course it will continue to supply renewable energy well into the future,” he said.

                                  The provincial government has set the standard for total renewable energy at 25 per cent of all electricity consumed by 2015, and a target of 40 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

                                  That includes a combination of sources involving hydro, wind, solar, tidal, biomass, as well as geothermal energy.

                                  The facility will see biomass burned to generate about 60 megawatts of electricity a year, enough to power about 50,000 homes.

                                  The utility is expected to buy roughly 650,000 tonnes of biomass fuel annually. That’s slightly less than 2,000 tonnes each day, Sidebottom said.

                                  “Most of the biomass is being sourced from within Nova Scotia. A small percentage (20 per cent) of the fuel will be sourced from outside of the province because of existing opportunities to procure biomass at attractive pricing on behalf of customers.”

                                  The plant systems involved include a cooling water system, electrical protection systems, mechanical systems and instrumentation. The testing involved bringing in representatives from some of the suppliers to ensure they are being operated properly.

                                  A request for proposals for long-term suppliers of biomass fuel is expected to be awarded within the next couple of weeks, Sidebottom said.

                                  Much of the fuel sourced during the start-up phase came from Port Hawkesbury Paper, he said.

                                  He said the papermaker would continue to supply fuel to the plant so that it continues to produce steam for the mill.

                                  Port Hawkesbury Paper is also in the running to supply biomass for the electricity production component of the plant.

                                  About 30 full-time positions have been created from the operation of the biomass plant. Another 200 people employed in procurement, tree harvesting, and trucking will benefit from its operation as well.

                                  Environmental groups have raised concerns about the potential of increased clear cutting.

                                  They have also said the project will increase the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the province and that it won't reduce the amount of coal burned for electricity in Nova Scotia.

                                  The biomass plant was a couple of months behind its original timetable due to a delay when NewPage Port Hawkesbury, which was going to construct and operate the facility for NSP, shut down indefinitely and entered creditor protection.

                                  NSP subsequently took over control of the project and NewPage's assets were sold to a company affiliated with Stern Partners, and the mill was renamed Port Hawkesbury Paper.

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                           (Ian Melin-Jones) Energy News Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0200
                                    CNIM orders two more Metso’s advanced automation systems CNIM orders two more Metso’s advanced automation systems

                                    Metso has been awarded its 6th and 7th repeat orders from the CNIM group for the automation of two greenfield Waste to Energy plants in the UK, one in Ardley (North Oxfordshire) and the other one in Cardiff. Metso will supply an extensive Metso DNA distributed control system and safety system to both new plants. These orders come after five similar ones from CNIM for WtE plants in Turin (Italy), Tallin (Estonia), North Hykeham (Lincolnshire, UK), Four Ashes (Stafford, UK) and Great Blakenham (Suffolk, UK).

                                    Metso DNA provides one system for all process controls and plant information management. The integrated process automation system covers all plant processes from boilers to turbines. High-level reliability is ensured through an integrated, TUV certified safety solution.

                                    Metso’s automation solutions play a significant role in managing waste-to-energy plants successfully and help them reaching their goals of maximizing incineration capacity, keeping combustion and steam production stable while allowing high availability of the production processes.

                                    The new Ardley waste-to-energy plant is owned by the Oxfordshire County Council, and the new Cardiff one is owned by the Cardiff City Council. Both plants will be operated by Viridor, one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies.

                                    The Ardley plant will have an electric output of 24 MW and is designed to handle an annual amount of 300 000 tons of residual waste. The plant is planned to go on line by the end of 2014.The Cardiff plant will be able to treat up to 350 000 tonnes a year of residual waste, generating 30MW of electricity enough to power 50 000 homes. The plant is planned to go on line at the beginning of 2015.

                                    The CNIM group acts as a contractor in both projects. Established in 15 countries, the CNIM Groupdesigns and produces turnkey industrial solutions and offers expert research, expertise and operations services in the fields of environment, energy, defense and industry. The group has more than 2770 employees, and received orders worth 778 million euros in 2012.

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                             (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:30:00 +0200
                                      Hitachi Zosen Inova chooses Metso’s automation technology for the seventh time

                                      Hitachi Zosen Inova chooses Metso’s automation technology for the seventh time, now for the new Ferrybridge waste-to-energy plant in West Yorkshire, UK

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                                      Hitachi Zosen Inova has chosen Metso to deliver advanced automation technology to the Ferrybridge Multifuels Energy Ltd’s waste-to-energy plant in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, UK, for which it will be the main supplier. The 68 MW plant, featuring the largest grate ever built by Hitachi Zosen Inova, will be able to reach high process availability with Metso’s solutions.

                                      Metso was chosen as the DCS supplier for the project because of its good track record with six earlier projects for Hitachi Zosen Inova. These include waste-to-energy plants in Zisterdorf, Austria; Bergen, Norway; Riverside and Newhaven, UK; Vaasa, Finland; and STV 4&5, UK. The delivery to Ferrybridge will be the seventh in total and the fourth in the UK.

                                      The Ferrybridge greenfield plant will be located at the SSE Ferrybridge C Power Station, which will be closed in 2015. It will run on SFR/RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) and process 31.3 tons of waste per hour on each of its two lines. The plant is scheduled to be fully operational by summer 2015 and generate electricity for Scottish and Southern Energy Ltd.

                                      Metso’s delivery scope to the plant will consist of a Metso DNA distributed control system, an integrated safety system and an information activity server. The control system includes four operator stations, six redundant process stations, about 6,000 hardwired I/O and Profibus signals and 2,300 datapoints via gateways. An engineering station and an information management station are also included. There is a Profibus DP connection to the black boxes and remote access for maintenance work.

                                      Ferrybridge Multifuels Energy Ltd. is a subsidiary of Multifuels Energy Ltd., which is part of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE Ltd.), a UK Power Generation Company, and Wheelabrator (WTI), a US Waste Management Company.

                                      Zurich-based Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) is a global leader in energy from waste. HZI acts as an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor delivering complete turnkey plants and system solutions for energy recovery from waste. HZI’s innovative and reliable waste and flue gas treatment solutions have been part of some 500 reference projects delivered since 1933.

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                               (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0200
                                        Martinlaakso power plant enhances gas turbine reliability in Finland with Metso’s control system

                                        metsoVantaan Energia has chosen Metso to rebuild the gas turbine control system at its Martinlaakso power plant in Vantaa, Finland. The rebuilt automation will increase turbine reliability and availability.

                                        New automation will replace the existing turbine control system that has reached the end of its life cycle. The delivery scope also includes overspeed and vibration protection for the turbine, changes to turbine hydraulics, field engineering, installation, factory assembly testing and operator training. A gas turbine simulation model will test the control application and also be used for training.

                                        The turbine controller will be integrated with the Metso DNA automation system, which now controls all three Martinlaakso power plant units. Thanks to existing connections, the solution is easy and cost efficient for the customer. The rebuilt control system will begin operation in November 2013.

                                        Vantaan Energia and Metso have cooperated closely on many projects since the 1980s. Once this project is completed, Metso will have modernized all of Martinlaakso turbines – one gas turbine and two steam turbines.

                                        Metso has supplied turbine controls to many modernized gas turbines. For example, users in Finland include Helsingin Energia’s Kellosaari power plant, Lahti Energy’s Kymijärvi power plant, Lappeenrannan Lämpövoima’s Mertaniemi power plant and Fingrid’s Tahkoluoto power plant.

                                        Metso offers a total concept for steam, gas and hydro turbine controllers, including machine monitoring, information management and the possibility to integrate them into a mill-wide distributed control system. Having the engineering tools in the control system creates a deeper view into the process.

                                        The concept includes many powerful benefits, one of which is the possibility to perform an online IO exchange on a running control system and machine without jeopardizing the operation of the unit. This saves on downtime costs and lost production while boosting revenues. Other advantages include the remote access by Metso specialists for online analysis and support. Metso supports its control systems for at least 25 years and provides them with new software that communicates with the existing system without any need to redesign or re-engineer.

                                        Vantaan Energia Oy is one of Finland’s largest urban energy companies. It is owned by the cities of Vantaa (60%) and Helsinki (40%). The Martinlaakso power plant produces about two-thirds of Vantaa Energia’s electricity output and most of its district heat. The total electrical capacity of the plant is about 195 MW and thermal capacity is 330 MW.

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                                 (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 04 Jun 2013 08:59:19 +0200
                                          Bolloré Thin Papers invests in renewable energy

                                          plant optBolloré Thin Papers invests in renewable energy with its new biomass boiler at Papeteries du Léman

                                          World leader in thin and ultra-thin papers, Bolloré Thin Papers has already launched several projects in relation to sustainable development at their Papeteries du Léman mill.

                                          Since 2004, the company has been steadily moving on a regular basis towards ”greener” production practice with some of the following measures: installed a new Biomass Boiler, invested in an ultra-modern Water Treatment Plant (Wet Oxidisation), obtained both FSC and PEFC certification, launched a Life Cycle Analysis on its papers, introduced an energy saving programme, developed PRIMAGREEN – the first recycled thin print on the market and finally created an internal eco-design cell.

                                          A voluntary policy for reducing carbon emissions

                                          In order to support sustainable development and to control the use of energy, the board of Papeteries du Léman has analysed several alternative solutions to fossil fuels with the view of reaching a positive economic and carbon report.

                                          Wood appeared to be the optimal solution: as a renewable energy, it makes it possible to maintain dynamic growth, whilst taking charge of the use of energy.

                                          A new boiler room with 8.2 MW of power was therefore installed and since it came into service on January 7th 2013, it has provided 50% of the steam requirements for the site, with the balance being provided both by the household waste incineration plant in Thonon-Les-Bains, in conjunction with an additional gas boiler.

                                          The wood boiler, which is fuelled exclusively with locally sourced biomass, also plays its part in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 11,500 tons of CO2 per year.

                                          A large-scale project for Papeteries du Léman

                                          Construction took place in two distinct steps. The first consisted of deconstructing the former coal boiler which had not been in service since 2000.
                                          Nevertheless, we were able to keep the building, and this now houses the wood reserve and the new boiler itself. After spending almost a year taking it down we were then able to begin construction of the boiler, and we began by assembling the modules that needed to be mounted. Construction was finally completed at the end of October 2012.

                                          The Key steps towards making the boiler operable

                                          It took several steps in order to make the boiler operable: the first two weeks of November 2012 were spent connecting it to the steam piping and also obtaining the certification necessary to run the boiler. By mid-November, we started it up for the first time so that the interior building work could dry. The temperature was increased by 100 degrees every 24 hours over ten days in order to reach 900 degrees Celsius.

                                          Operations officially started on December 1st, 2012: the initial goal was to have it running at 50% capacity for several days and then make adjustments and changes accordingly in order to begin regular production in the system by early January. A whole set of tests were performed, including emergency shutdowns, in order to test all of the mechanics for automatic operation and safety.

                                          Since January 7th, the boiler has been running at full throttle. Tests, measures, and performance evaluations with the operator have made it possible to verify the installation and the match between the services it provides and the modes and methods that appear in the contract.

                                          Today, the new biomass boiler in PDL has reached a steady state of operation and will make it possible, beginning with this year, to reduce CO2 emissions by 11,500 tons per year.

                                          Cost of the project

                                          It costed 4.8 million Euros in order to complete this project, 1.7 million of which was provided by the Agency for the Environment and Energy Control.
                                          A good number of biomass boilers have been built in France recently, but it’s rare to see one set goals such as the ones Papeteries du Léman has set for itself: In total, 23,000 tonnes of exclusively local biomass will fuel the plant every year. And at the same time, this investment will act as a support to the timber industry which is still underdeveloped in the Chablais region.

                                          The PDL biomass boiler in figures

                                          • Operation:
                                          Officially launched on December 1st, 2012.

                                          • Power: 8,2 MW.

                                          • Production :
                                          12 tonnes of steam/hour.

                                          • Combustible :
                                          Crushed raw wood, saw-mill waste, barks, crushed pallets.

                                          • Consumption:
                                          Consumption of 23, 000 tons of wood per year which it receives from within a radius of 150 km.

                                          • CO2 impact:
                                          Saves 11,500 tons of CO2 per year, meaning 138,000 tons over the duration of operations (12 years).

                                          • Duration of construction work:
                                          2 years, plus one month for operation set-up.

                                          • Cost of investment: €4.8 M.

                                          • biomass
                                   (ipmj) Energy News Wed, 29 May 2013 20:22:21 +0200
                                            Metso’s innovative technology plays a major role again in receiving the Climate Action of the Year Award

                                            Using biomass and waste to generate electricity and district heat reduces CO2 emissions significantly

                                            For the second time in a row, Metso's innovative technology has played a major role in winning the Climate Action of the Year Award in Finland. This year, the Sustainability Forum of the Finnish Energy Industries granted the accolade to the project called "The Energy Turnaround in Vaasa", a city of 65,000 inhabitants on the west coast of Finland. The project features cooperation between three local energy companies: Vaasan Sähkö, Vaskiluodon Voima and Westenergy. Metso supplied technology to the two latter companies' plants.

                                            group optThrough their cooperation, the three companies have been able to significantly decrease CO2, methane and particulate emissions by a total of 525,000 tons per year, resulting in better local air quality. The amount equals the annual CO2 emissions of about 175,000 cars. Other benefits of the project include the utilization of non-recyclable waste as well as the positive investment impact on the local economy.

                                            Replacing coal with gasified biomass

                                            Vaskiluodon Voima runs the world's largest biomass gasification plant, which was supplied by Metso. The 140 MW plant is groundbreaking in many ways, as this is the first time in the world that biomass gasification is being adopted on such a large scale to replace fossil fuels. Nearly half of the coal used can be replaced with gasified biomass, making the plant highly environmentally friendly.

                                            "We now use three to six kilos less coal per second in our production than earlier. This means having one coal shipment less per month," points out Matti Loukonen, Power Plant Manager of Vaskiluodon Voima.

                                            Metso's delivery to the plant included fuel handling, a large-scale dryer and a circulating fluidized bed gasifier, modification work on the existing coal boiler and a Metso DNA automation system.

                                            "Vaskiluodon Voima made a coal-fired plant go green, and for this reason will set an example for others to follow in the future," says Jyrki Holmala, President of Metso's Power business line.

                                            Waste turns into energy

                                            Metso's other customer involved in "The Energy Turnaround in Vaasa", Westenergy, recently started up a new energy-from-waste plant that runs on source-separated waste and has a capacity of 15 MW of electricity and 40 MW of district heat.

                                            The plant is controlled with a Metso DNA distributed control system and an information management system. Modern automation plays a major role in managing the plant successfully. Plant operators will be able to maximize the incineration capacity, keep combustion and steam production stable, as well as maintain high process availability. Extensive, employee-empowering automation will ensure that waste burns safely and emissions stay low.

                                            "Overall, the project was a big success for both Westenergy and for the contractors involved in the project," comments Jan Teir who was Managing Director of Westenergy during the project. "Concerning the involvement of Metso, I am also pleased since we got the control system we wanted. In addition, Metso also supplied one of the best crushers in the world that will be used to crush large items, for instance furniture, in the bunker of our plant."

                                            About the Climate Action of the Year Award

                                            Climate Action of the Year is an acknowledgement awarded annually by the Finnish Energy Industries to an energy-industry company or organization that has carried out investments or development projects to abate climate change or has, through other actions, contributed to combating climate change.

                                            Last year, the award was granted to Lahti Energy's waste gasification plant, which has extensively incorporated Metso's technology.

                                            Vaskiluodon Voima Oy is owned equally by the energy companies EPV Energia Oy and Pohjolan Voima Oy. The company's power plants, located in Vaasa and Seinäjoki, produce electricity and district heating.

                                            Westenergy Oy Ab is owned by five municipal waste management companies, which operate in an area consisting of more than fifty municipalities with altogether more than 400,000 inhabitants.

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                                     (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 29 May 2013 08:45:10 +0200
                                              Holmen to Build Wind Farm in Jointly-Owned Company

                                              Together with investment fund Eurofideme 2, Holmen (STO:HOLMA)(STO:HOLMB) has decided to build a wind farm in the municipality of Norrtälje in a jointly-owned company. The annual production is an estimated 165 GWh and the wind farm is planned to commence operation in autumn 2014.

                                              Eurofideme 2, a renewable energy infrastructure fund of Mirova*, has acquired half the shares in the company that Holmen founded to run wind power production on its own land in the municipality of Norrtälje near Hallsta Paper Mill. The decision now marks the start of installation of 17 wind turbines with an installed power capacity of a total 51 MW and an expected annual production of 165 GWh. An environmental permit has already been obtained. According to the plan, the turbines will be taken into operation in autumn 2014.

                                              “This project will exploit Holmen’s excellent opportunities to produce wind power on its own land,” says Holmen’s President and CEO Magnus Hall. “It is also an important element in our focus on renewable energy, set to increase our self-sufficiency in electricity.”

                                              “It is a great opportunity for Eurofideme 2 to be co-investing in this project of national interest for wind in the Stockholm County with a high quality partner like Holmen” commented Raphael Lance, Director of Eurofideme 2.

                                              The cost of constructing the wind farm is an estimated SEK 650 million and will be financed by a bank loan to the jointly-owned company plus capital from shareholders Holmen and Eurofideme 2. Holmen’s investment will largely be met by income from the sale of shares in the company, and the transaction will therefore not have any noticeable effect on Holmen’s cash flow. The transaction will affect Holmen Energi’s operating profit in the second quarter by approximately SEK 100 million.

                                              * Eurofideme 2, a fund managed by Mirova Environment and Infrastructure and part of Mirova, the Responsible Investment division of Natixis Asset Management, is investing through its wholly-owned subsidiary Wotan SA.

                                              This is information that Holmen AB is obliged to disclose under the Swedish Securities Market Act and the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. Submitted for publication on 17 May at 15.30.

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                                              • energy
                                       (Ianadmin) Energy News Fri, 17 May 2013 16:17:38 +0200
                                                Metso-supplied Finland’s largest pellet-fired heating plant produces environmentally friendly energy in Tampere

                                                Finland’s largest pellet-fired heating plant, which was supplied by Metso to Tampereen Energiantuotanto Oy, Tampere, is based on a technological solution that is the first of its kind in the country. It will bring new opportunities to gear the structure of Finnish district heat production towards the goals of sustainable development. Previously, peak load plants have been using fossil fuels because there was no other technology available.

                                                The plant is mainly fired with wood pellets and its heat output is around 33 MW. The plant has replaced some of the capacity of the oil- and gas-fired boiler plants and has thus helped substantially reduce the CO2 emissions from the production of district heat. The plant has been producing environmentally friendly energy in Tampere since December.

                                                “The plant will help us to secure the competitiveness of district heat, lower CO2 emissions and improve our delivery reliability in the southern region of Tampere,” says Managing Director Antti-Jussi Halminen from Tampereen Energiantuotanto.

                                                Metso’s delivery comprised a complete turn-key boiler plant solution and Metso DNA automation system. The new plant operates unmanned with remote monitoring from the main control room of the Lielahti power plant. By using the reliable automation technology, the operators are able to flexibly control the district heat production process and quickly respond to changes. The technology used at the plant is based on the pellet fuel being pulverized in separate grinding mills and burned in a pulverized combustion boiler. The start-up and load control of the combustion process is remarkably high and the pulverized fuel allows for clean, energy efficient and flexible heat generation. Pulverized pellet combustion is new to Finland, but Metso has been using it in Sweden on a smaller scale.

                                                “This was a major delivery for Metso, as it is the first reference using this technology for district heat generation on such a large scale. The Bioheat RampUp plant delivered by us enables the use of pellets and oil, simultaneously in any proportion or separately, in one and the same boiler, which is operated unmanned,” says Jussi Orhanen, Director, Heat & Power Plants, Power business line, Metso. According to Orhanen, the solution is also an excellent option for industry presently using heavy fuel oil for generating process steam.

                                                Tampereen Energiantuotanto Oy, a subsidiary of Tampere Power Utility, is responsible for the group’s electricity and district heating production, maintenance and development. Increasing the proportion of renewable energy sources is part of Tampere Power Utility’s strategy.

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                                         (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 16 May 2013 12:34:03 +0200
                                                  Metso to modernize automation and field instrumentation at Helsingin Energia’s Salmisaari power plants in Helsinki, Finland

                                                  Unified automation and accurate process controls contribute to better overall process management of the Salmisaari power plants

                                                  Metso will modernize the automation and field instrumentation at Helsingin Energia’s Salmisaari A and B power plants in Helsinki, Finland. The investment will ensure high availability and safety at the plants long into the future. In choosing the supplier, the company emphasized overall best value for money and fulfillment of tight technical requirements.

                                                  New automation will replace the existing automation system from 1984 at Plant B, which produces electricity and district heat, and the system from 1986 at Plant A, which produces district heat. In the future, the plants’ main fuel of coal will be replaced with pellets that will account for a 5 – 10% share at first.

                                                  “By utilizing modern control methods, it is possible to reach better process control,” says Heikki Mylläri, Sales Director, Automation, Metso.

                                                  Metso’s extensive turnkey delivery will consist of two Metso DNA automation systems, field instrumentation, a safety interlocking system, replacement of programmable logic controls, field engineering, an emissions reporting tool to meet present directives, installation, testing and commissioning. Modernization at Plant B is scheduled to start in May 2014 with startup in September 2014. Plant A will be modernized in 2015.

                                                  The order is included in Automation’s first quarter 2013 orders received.

                                                  Metso has earlier delivered automation to Helsinki Energia’s Kellosaari backup power plant, Salmisaari coal storage inside a cliff and water treatment, which all will now be integrated into the new automation. The entity will utilize the reporting system earlier supplied by Metso. In the future, all power plants and processes will be operated from the same control room with uniform user interfaces.

                                                  As one of the largest energy companies in Finland, Helsingin Energia supplies electric energy to about 400,000 customers in Finland and covers more than 90% of the heat demand in the capital city with district heat.

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                                           (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 02 May 2013 19:44:15 +0200
                                                    Press release from Forest Bioenergy Review


                                                    This unique magazine was created over two years ago ( December 2010) to promote the specific benefits of carbon neutral renewable energy from forest biomass, including high energy briquettes and pellets made from wood. It also provides a shop window for new equipment for the efficient harvesting and conversion of wood into energy.

                                                    Forest fuels, unlike coal or oil, are a renewable resource and do not carry the same perceived risks as nuclear power. Companies working in the forest bioenergy field should therefore be encouraged that if EU plans for renewable energy to reach 20% of total energy production by 2020 are to be accomplished then our industry will have to play a major role in achieving this target. Now established as an authentic voice for the forest bioenergy

                                                    industry, Forest Bioenergy Review has planned a series of technical, economic and environmental articles of importance to its readers during 2013 and is carrying out a series of interviews with industry leaders influencing the future direction and growth of forest bioenergy in Europe. Advertising in its pages is a cost-effective way of reaching new customers for the latest machinery and techniques now being developed to harness the power of the forest.

                                                    Since launching the magazine there have been those that have tried to broaden existing publications to cover this very specific industry segment and have failed. Since December 2010 our global circulation specific to FBR has risen to over 8,000 individuals around the world who have specifically requested receipt, this number rises to a little over 10,700 when you include the paper, tissue, board and packaging mill owners from its sister publication Pulp, Paper & Logistics. As with all publications,  growth is essential and we are proud to announce the official launch of . This development has come about through a mutual co-operation with and integrating their Energy related registered users into the new website, this co-operation takes the total potential audience for your news, editorial submissions and marketing message to a little over 18,300 when using both products.

                                                    • Forest Bioenergy Review
                                             (Ianadmin) Energy News Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:34:30 +0200
                                                      Exportation of wood pellets from North America to Europe reached a new record

                                                      Exportation of wood pellets from North America to Europe reached a new record of 3.2 million tons in 2012, with US exporters more than doubling their shipments, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.

                                                      Demand for wood pellets in Europe has gone up dramatically the past few years as power companies on the continent have switched from using fossil fuels to renewable energy alternatives. Importation of pellets from North America increased over 60 percent from 2011 to 2012 with the US export volumes more than doubling, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.

                                                      The wood pellet export industry in North America has grown exponentially in a relatively short period of time. The export value has increased from an estimated 40 million dollars in 2004 to almost 400 million dollars in 2012. This fairly new trade development is the result of Europe’s quest to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and to reduce CO2 emissions. Energy generation from renewable resources has, with varying pace, gone up in all countries in the EU the past decade.

                                                      Woody biomass, including wood pellets, is one energy source that has attracted both much attention and investments in a number of countries on the European continent. With limited domestic wood raw-material sources, countries such as the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands have increasingly relied on the importation of industrial wood pellets to reduce the usage of coal at some of their power utilities. The relatively high costs for wood pellets in Europe have resulted in increased interest in importing pellets from British Columbia and the southern states of the US where wood raw-material costs are lower than in Europe.

                                                      A record volume of 3.2 million tons of pellets was exported from North America to Europe in 2012, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review (, which compiles and publishes pellet trade volumes based on surveys of pellet exporters and customs data in North America and Europe, each quarter. From the US South, shipments were up over hundred percent compared to 2011, while Canadian exports increased 25 percent year-over-year.

                                                      The expansion of pellet production has been particularly noteworthy in the US South where there have been 14 new pellet plants that are either new or planning to expand production in the coming year. Location and capacity of the new plants are reported in the latest issue of NAWFR.

                                                      • Wood Resources International LLC
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                                               (Ianadmin) Energy News Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:37:44 +0200
                                                        New ‘green’ method to help upgrade biomass waste into valuable chemicals

                                                        UW-Madison chemists have identified an approach to use oxygen gas to convert lignin, a byproduct of biofuel production, into a form that could allow it to replace fossil fuels as a source of chemical feedstocks.

                                                        mad winLignin is a complex organic material found in trees and other plants and is associated with cellulose, the valuable plant matter used to make paper or biofuels. The complexity of lignin makes it difficult to convert into valuable products, says chemistry professor  Shannon Stahl. In the April 9 online edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Stahl, post-doctoral associate Alireza Rahimi and coworkers describe a catalytic method for selective manipulation of lignin.

                                                        "Lignin is essentially a waste product of making biofuel, and it is usually just burned as a fuel or used as a low-cost additive in asphalt or concrete," says Stahl. "If we could take this waste lignin and increase its value, we could improve the economics for biomass-derived fuels and provide a chemical feedstock that does not rely on fossil fuels."

                                                        Chemical feedstocks are the raw materials in industrial processes that generate end products such as plastic. Catalysts — chemicals that accelerate chemical reactions, without being consumed themselves — are used across the chemical industry.

                                                        Use of lignin as a source of chemical feedstocks is part of "an emerging subfield of chemistry being built around biomass-derived chemicals," Stahl says. "Rather than having tankers loaded with crude oil supplying the raw material for fuels, plastics and pharmaceuticals, we could start with renewable feedstocks."

                                                        The research was performed in collaboration with John Ralph, a professor of biochemistry associated with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center on the UW campus. The researchers have applied for a patent on the process, and patent rights have been assigned to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

                                                        “Ultimately, methods of this type can be used to limit our reliance on nonrenewable chemicals.”
                                                        Shannon Stahl

                                                        Chemists have taken lignin apart previously with oxidation, says Stahl. "But oxidation can be like hitting something with a sledgehammer, where you get shrapnel everywhere. You get some of what you want, but much of it ends up as unusable bits and pieces." The focus of this work is to use selective catalysts, under very mild pressure and temperature. "It's like using a scalpel and tweezers, rather than a sledgehammer, and getting exactly what we want from the molecule, and nothing else.

                                                        "Theoretically, the only byproduct of the process is water," says Stahl, an expert in catalysis and green chemistry. "We are doing this very selectively, with a catalyst that is specific for a single structure on the lignin molecule."

                                                        It's not yet possible to know how the new intermediates would be used to make final products, Stahl admits. "The way the chemical industry is built, you take what nature gives you and find ways to convert it into interesting and important products that people want to buy. Ultimately, methods of this type can be used to limit our reliance on nonrenewable chemicals."

                                                        • UWMadison
                                                 (Ianadmin) Energy News Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:17:12 +0200
                                                          Official Inauguration of Borregaard's Biorefinery Demonstration Plant

                                                          Borregaard has developed new technology for the production of green chemicals and sugars based on biomass from wood and agricultural and forestry waste. On Tuesday 16 April the Norwegian Finance Minister Sigbjørn Johnsen will officially inaugurate the biorefinery demonstration plant at Borregaard’s production facility in Sarpsborg.

                                                          The demonstration plant, called Biorefinery Demo, started preliminary operations in summer 2012, followed by normal operations in the 1st quarter of 2013. The plant relies on Borregaard’s proprietary BALI technology and is a continuation of today’s biorefinery concept. The aim is cost-effective and sustainable production of lignin and bioethanol from new raw materials. BALI technology involves converting the cellulose fibres in biomass to sugars that can be used for the production of second generation bioethanol, while other components of the biomass (lignin) become advanced biochemicals. These products can replace petroleum-based alternatives, and the raw material cannot be used in food production.  

                                                          BALI technology consists of several processing steps and has given promising results in laboratory-scale testing. In the demonstration plant the process will be upscaled by a factor of 1000 times in order to test and develop the technology moving towards full-scale production. The plant has so far processed over 100 tons of biomass.  
                                                          "If we succeed with this project, we will be able to establish full-scale production of biochemicals with excellent climate accountability. Biorefinery Demo is a good example of how new technology can contribute to environmental solutions and also be commercially viable," says Borregaard CEO Per A. Sørlie.  

                                                          Construction of the demonstration plant has cost just under NOK 140 million, 58 million of which is investment funding from Innovation Norway's Environmental Technology Support Scheme. The BALI innovation project has also received NOK 19 million in funding from the Research Council of Norway and NOK 35 million from the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development.  

                                                          • Borregaard
                                                   (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:20:36 +0200
                                                            ANDRITZ launches the TurboJet weir plate

                                                            and bioInternational technology Group ANDRITZ presents a new generation of weir plates, providing a significant reduction in power consumption for centrifuges. The patented TurboJet weir plate, available for all ANDRITZ decanters and those of other suppliers, helps customers to reduce their energy consumption by 10-30%.

                                                            This innovative product was developed in the ANDRITZ SEPARATION Center of Competence in Châteauroux, France, and passed extensive testing on various customers’ sites, e.g. for waste water treatment, bioethanol production, calcium carbonate separation, as well as in the food and chemical industries. The TurboJet weir plate guides the liquid discharge from the centrifuge in the opposite direction to the bowl rotation. Adjustable nozzles form a jet that creates a reaction force in the same way as a jet engine’s exhaust and recovers the kinetic energy from the liquid. This extra force enhances bowl rotation and thereby reduces main drive power consumption without affecting actual separation performance. Power savings vary depending on feed flow, pond depth, and bowl speed.

                                                            • Andritz
                                                     (Ianadmin) Energy News Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:00:00 +0200
                                                              Jiangsu Huadian Jurong Power chooses Metso’s automation for its two 1000 MW units in China

                                                              Advanced automation systems will contribute to more efficient and less polluting electricity generation in two large units that feature ultra supercritical technology and thereby support economic growth in Eastern China in an environmentally responsible way.

                                                              jia metsoJiangsu Huadian Jurong Power Co. Ltd. has chosen Metso’s automation systems for its two greenfield 1000 MW power plant units located in Xiashu Town, Jurong City, Jiangsu Province, China.

                                                              Scheduled to start up in the coming summer, the units are the first 1,000 MW units with ultra supercritical technology to be built by Jiangsu Huadian Jurong Power. Ultra supercritical technologies can boost the efficiency of coal-based electricity generation by approximately 50% and produce less emissions compared with traditional subcritical coal-fired power plants. China has become a hotbed of ultra supercritical construction as the country seeks to satisfy its growing power requirements.

                                                              By investing in these large units with ultra-supercritical technologies, Jiangsu Huadian Jurong Power is supporting economic growth in Eastern China in an environmentally responsible way.

                                                              Both power plant units will be controlled with Metso’s automation systems from one central control room. The systems will monitor, control and optimize the performance of the units along with the common services at the plant site. The DCS is designed for both functional and physical distribution. The main function includes, for example, automatic startup and shutdown, performance monitoring and data links to other balance-of-plant systems.

                                                              The turbine control system, boiler feedwater pump turbine control system and flue gas desulphurization system will also use Metso’s DNA hardware and software, and will be integrated into the distributed control system, although they are supplied by other vendors. 

                                                              In both main plant control systems, there are 33 pairs of digital processing units and approximately 14,000 hardwired I/Os. In addition, redundant gateways will transfer information from various systems or subsystems into the unit control systems. The common system is geographically distributed in the circulating water pump house, demineralization water pump house and auxiliary power equipment room, and controlled and interlocked through unit DCS operator stations.

                                                              Jiangsu Huadian Jurong Power Co., Ltd. is a joint venture between China Huadian Corporation and Jiangsu Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. The company was founded in 2008.

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                                                       (Ianadmin) Energy News Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0200
                                                                Biomass plant on track to begin running in late 2013

                                                                More than 400 people have helped build the $250 million biomass power plant that now towers over Business Highway 51 and the Wisconsin River, and their months of hard work have the project on schedule to begin generating power late this year.

                                                                domtar biomass

                                                                When the facility opens, a parade of 50 to 75 semitrucks every weekday will keep the plant’s boilers stoked with treetops and branches that will create steam and electricity. In addition to producing clean energy, the new site will improve air quality by reducing overall emissions from the Domtar paper mill by about 30 percent, according to a Domtar and We Energies informational handout.

                                                                That parade of trucks loaded down with 300,000 to 500,000 tons of wood debris referred to as biomass will come from forests within a 75-mile radius and will employ dozens more people, including Jeff Plunkett, fiber procurement manager for Domtar.

                                                                Plunkett is in charge of buying wood materials for the paper mill and new biomass facility. He said he has a growing list of local contractors lined up to provide the wood waste, though he declined to name any.

                                                                “This gives an opportunity for the forest products industry for an additional outlet for their material,” Plunkett said. “It will open up potential new markets for people who want to get into the wood waste business  and market it instead of burning or putting it in a landfill.”

                                                                In November 2008, the company began talks with We Energies to develop an alternative energy source, and the partnership was announced in September 2009 for a new biomass plant to be built at the Domtar Rothschild site. Since its introduction, the project has divided village residents and faced opposition because of its hefty price tag. Construction began in August 2011.

                                                                Rick Graap, owner of Graap Logging in Merrill, has supported the biomass facility since it was first proposed. He hopes to have a contract later this year as one of the biomass material providers for the new facility, and already has about 25,000 tons of tree tops and branches stored in north central Wisconsin.

                                                                Graap said he plans to hire about two to three new employees to drive trucks, should he contract with Domtar and We Engergies. He will also hire two other employees to operate in the woods.

                                                                “I’m excited not only for myself but also for the raw forest products industry in the state,” he said. “When you diversify markets, it strengthens the industry in any business. Not to mention all of the other related tire and parts companies that will benefit from this amazing addition to central Wisconsin.”

                                                                Once the facility is in full operation, the plant will employ about 30 full-time workers. About 60 percent of the steam will drive a turbine to create electricity for We Energies, a Milwaukee-based energy company. The remaining steam will be used inside Domtar’s Rothschild mill, which employs 400 people.

                                                                While Domtar will continue to buy electricity from Wisconsin Public Service Corp., the new 50-megawatt biomass facility will supply 100 percent of the mill’s steam, used to create the high-pressure, high-temperature environment necessary to convert wood chips to pulp and to dry paper after it is made, said Craig Timm, a Domtar spokesman.

                                                                Before the plant opens late this year, many parts need to be prepped and tested, including the biomass boiler, the fuel-handling system and steam blows. Testing the biomass boiler ensures boiler pipes are welded properly and can withstand required pressure. The steam blows push steam through pipes to clear dirt and debris that accumulate during construction, and the fuel-handling system includes conveyor systems and the truck unloader.

                                                                • domtar
                                                                • Domtar Corporation
                                                         (Ianadmin) Energy News Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:30:00 +0200
                                                                  Metsä Group’s tissue and cooking paper business invests in bioenergy in Sweden

                                                                  Katrinefors Kraftvärme AB (KKAB), a 50/50 joint venture owned by Metsä Tissue, part of Metsä Group, and the local municipal energy company VänerEnergi AB, will build a new biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Mariestad, Sweden, in conjunction with the Metsä Tissue mill. This will be the second bioenergy plant operated by KKAB.

                                                                  The construction of the new plant will start in April 2013. The plant is expected to be operating by the end of 2014. The total investment will amount to approximately 30 million euros of which Metsä Tissue’s share will be 50 per cent.

                                                                  According to Mark Watkins, SVP Tissue Scandinavia, KKAB’s new bioenergy plant is an important step in increasing the share of bioenergy. In Metsä Group, the share of wood-based bioenergy is high, as over 80 per cent of all the used fuel is biomass.

                                                                  Increasing the share of bioenergy is one of the key activities in Metsä Group’s efforts to mitigate climate change and reduce fossil CO2 emissions. Metsä Group’s target is to reduce fossil-based CO2 emissions by 30 per cent per product tonne by 2020 from the 2009 level.

                                                                  The new bioenergy production reduces significantly, even as much as 90 per cent, Metsä Tissue Mariestad mill’s oil usage. The new power plant will decrease Mariestad mill’s CO2 emissions by approximately 6,000 tonnes, i.e. by 30 per cent from the present. Currently oil is used to cover wintertime peak in heat demand and as reserve fuel.

                                                                  The new biomass CHP plant will be composed of an approximately 28 MW biomass boiler to produce heat and approximately 7 MW turbine to produce electricity. The biomass fuels consist of energy wood and the mill’s recycled fibre residues.

                                                                  In addition to producing electricity and heat to Mariestad mill, the plant will provide renewable energy for the surrounding community in the form of district heating and bio-based grid electricity.

                                                                  METSÄ GROUP
                                                                  Group Communications

                                                                  • Metsä
                                                                  • Metsä Group
                                                           (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:00:00 +0200
                                                                    Optomec’s Additive Manufacturing IP Portfolio Reaches 35 Patents

                                                                    Optomec announced today that the Company’s Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio in the field of Additive Manufacturing grew to 35 patents with the addition of six new patents granted in 2012. These new patents cover inventions for the Company’s Aerosol Jet technology used for Printed Electronics. Optomec also announced it has received notices of allowance for additional patents which are expected to be granted in 2013.

                                                                    The newly granted patents included three in the United States and three in Asia. Of particular note, Optomec received protection for its technologies that enable printing of high conductivity circuitry onto temperature sensitive plastic (low cost) substrates using laser curing techniques. Additionally, the company received patents in the area of printed passive structures (i.e.: resistors, antenna, etc); tilting of the head to enable printing on 3D surfaces; and high resolution printing for fine feature electronics.

                                                                    Finally, Optomec received several patents protecting hardware enhancements that enable high throughput printing for high volume manufacturing applications. These include multiplexing strategies for key elements of the Aerosol Jet system, including the atomizer that serves as the input mechanism, and the focusing head that defines printed output.

                                                                    Dave Ramahi, President/CEO of Optomec, stated, “Optomec’s growing patent portfolio is testimony to the unique and enabling nature of our underlying technology. These recent awards, combined with our broader IP portfolio, help ensure that our customers can enjoy a critical competitive advantage as they adopt our solutions for high volume manufacturing of their own products.”

                                                                    Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec, Inc.

                                                                    • Optomec
                                                             (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:30:00 +0200
                                                                      Alfa Laval wins SEK 60 million energy-efficiency order in Canada

                                                                      Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply plate heat exchangers for cooling applications in Canada. The order, booked in the Energy and Environment segment late March, has a value of approximately SEK 60 million and delivery is scheduled to start in 2013 and  be finalized in 2014.

                                                                      The Alfa Laval heat exchangers will be used to recover energy and cool process water in an oil processing facility in Canada. The project, which is a capacity expansion, duplicates an existing facility, for which Alfa Laval also supplied all the plate heat exchangers. 

                                                                      “This order confirms our strong position in the oil and gas industry. It also proves the quality and reliability of our plate heat exchangers, as the customer once again chooses our equipment”, says Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group.  

                                                                      Did you know that… Alfa Laval has been present in Canada since 1899? 

                                                                      • alfa laval
                                                               (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:00:00 +0200
                                                                        New microbe makes fuel from CO2 in the air

                                                                        Scientists at the University of Georgia have created a microbe that converts carbon dioxide into biofuel, a discovery that might boost the battle against climate change.

                                                                        Carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming, but it's also fundamental to life on Earth. As any good toxicologist knows, "the dose makes the poison."

                                                                        And thanks to new research at the University of Georgia, we might soon have an antidote for too much CO2: a manmade version of the microbe Pyrococcus furiosus, or "rushing fireball," that absorbs CO2 and converts it into fuel. If P. furiosus can work on a large enough scale, it might even help displace carbon-positive fossil fuels like coal and oil.

                                                                        "Basically, what we have done is create a microorganism that does with carbon dioxide exactly what plants do — absorb it and generate something useful," says Michael Adams, a member of UGA's Bioenergy Systems Research Institute and co-author of a new study detailing the magic of P. furiosus. "What this discovery means is that we can remove plants as the middleman. We can take carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into useful products like fuels and chemicals without having to go through the inefficient process of growing plants and extracting sugars from biomass."

                                                                        In photosynthesis, plants use sunlight to turn water and CO2 into energy-packed sugars, forming the base of Earth's food web. These sugars can also be fermented into biofuels like ethanol, but as Adams points out, removing them from a plant's cells is relatively inefficient due to the energy input required. P. furiosus, however, may offer a shortcut.

                                                                        The microbe is a deep-sea "extremophile," thriving in violent conditions that would obliterate most organisms. It feeds on carbohydrates in super-heated seawater around hydrothermal vents, but by tweaking its genetic material, Adams and his colleagues created a new kind of P. furiosus that likes cooler temperatures and eats CO2.

                                                                        The researchers then used hydrogen gas to spark a chemical reaction inside themicrobe, prompting it to incorporate CO2 into 3-hydroxypropionic acid, a common industrial acid that's used to make acrylics. With further genetic manipulations, they can also create a P. furiosus variant that produces an array of other useful chemicals, including fuel. And when that biofuel is burned, the researchers note, it releases the same amount of CO2 that was used to create it. That means it's essentially carbon-neutral, making it a cleaner alternative to fossil-based fuels like coal, crude oil and gasoline.

                                                                        "This is an important first step that has great promise as an efficient and cost-effective method of producing fuels," Adams says. "In the future we will refine the process and begin testing it on larger scales."

                                                                        Source: Mother Nature Network ( ) 

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                                                                 (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:00:00 +0200
                                                                          Voith strengthens its position in the Russian energy market and establishes a joint venture with RusHydro

                                                                          Voith Hydro and RusHydro, one of the largest supplier of hydropower in the world, signed a contract establishing the inception of the joint venture VolgaHydro LLC in Moscow. Each company holds a share of 50 percent of the joint venture. RusHydro will exercise the industrial leadership, Voith Hydro will be responsible for the operational management. Voith Hydro will appoint the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and RusHydro will announce who will become the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Any decision over VolgaHydro will be made by RusHydro and Voith Hydro commonly. The headquarters of VolgaHydro will be the city of Balakovo in the Russian Federation.

                                                                          “Having founded this joint venture, Voith strengthens its position in the significant Russian hydropower market sustainably”, says Dr. Roland Münch, Chief Executive Officer of Voith Hydro. VolgaHydro will closely keep in touch with its customers providing excellent know-how and the entire range of expertise.

                                                                          With a technical potential of 424 GW power, the hydromarket in Russia has a bright outlook. By now, only 46 GW of hydropower has been installed. Besides the possibility to build new hydropower plants, the joint venture focuses on extensive modernizations of old hydropower stations. For instance, Voith and RusHydro have already started to renew the plants Miatlinskaya and Saratovskaya. Voith also modernized the technical equipment of the hydropower plant Uglich for RusHydro as a customer. Voith supplied a complete machine set for the plant and, furthermore, equipped Uglich with electrical and mechanical equipment and automation systems.

                                                                          Voith’s commitment in Russia goes back to the year of 1899. In that year, the company delivered the first full-fledged paper machine to the city of Sokol. Today, Voith conducts its business at six locations in the Russian Federation. Generally, the Russian market has high potential in the field of energy, oil, gas, raw materials, logistics and automotive. Voith considers these markets as its key sphere of activity.

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                                                                   (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:33:17 +0100
                                                                            CNIM selects Metso’s automation solution to maximize efficiency in a greenfield waste-to-energy plant in UK’s-automation-solution-to-maximize-efficiency-in-a-greenfield-waste-to-energy-plant-in-uk’s-automation-solution-to-maximize-efficiency-in-a-greenfield-waste-to-energy-plant-in-uk

                                                                            Proven automation solution and information management helps waste-to-energy plants to maximize performance and operate safely.

                                                                            Metso has been awarded its 5th repeated order from the CNIM group for the automation of another greenfield waste-to-energy plant in Great Blakenham (Suffolk, UK). Metso will supply an extensive Metso DNA automation system and safety system to the new plant. This order comes after similar ones for WtE plant in Turin (Italy), Tallin (Estonia), North Hykeham (Lincolnshire, UK) and Four Ashes (Stafford, UK).

                                                                            Metso DNA provides one system for all process controls and plant information management. The integrated process automation system covers all plant processes from boilers to turbines. High-level reliability is ensured through an integrated, TÛV certified safety solution.

                                                                            Metso’s automation solutions play a significant role in managing waste-to-energy plants successfully and help them reaching their goals of maximizing incineration capacity, keeping combustion and steam production stable while allowing high availability of the production processes.

                                                                            The new Suffolk waste-to-energy plant is owned by the Suffolk County Council and will be operated by Sita Suffolk limited. It will have an electric output of 20 MWe enough to power 30 000 homes and it is designed to handle an annual amount of 269 000 tons of residual waste. The plant is planned to go on line by the end of 2014.

                                                                            The CNIM group acts as a contractor in the Suffolk project. Established in 15 countries, the CNIM Group designs and produces turnkey industrial solutions and offers expert research, expertise and operations services in the fields of environment, energy, defense and industry. The group has 3,000 employees, and its turnover was 665 million euros in 2011.

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                                                                     (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:50:04 +0100
                                                                              Alfa Laval wins SEK 60 million natural gas order in Russia

                                                                              Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply compact heat exchangers to a gas plant being built in Russia. The order, booked in the Energy & Environment segment, has a value of approximately SEK 60 million and delivery is scheduled to start in 2013 and be finalized in 2014. 

                                                                              The Alfa Laval compact heat exchangers will be installed in a new gas plant in the Urengoy gas field in Russia. They will be used for heat recovery in the gas compression process, resulting in an energy-efficient process solution.

                                                                              “We continue to see good demand from the gas industry. This is yet another large gas order, within a short period of time, proving our ability to provide reliable and efficient equipment to an industry with very high demands”, says Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group.

                                                                              Did you know that… Russia’s five biggest gas companies stand for 90 percent of the country’s total gas production – and that all five are customers to Alfa Laval?

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                                                                       (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:33:54 +0100
                                                                                Domtar inaugurates commercial lignin production

                                                                                Plymouth Mill to produce bio-material with wide range of industrial applications as petro-chemical alternative - the first of its kind in over quarter century 

                                                                                Domtar Corporation has announced that it has successfully installed a commercial-scale lignin separation plant at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill, the first U.S. facility of its type in over 25 years.  The production of BioChoiceTM lignin began in February, with a targeted rate of 75 tons a day, destined for a wide range of industrial applications as a bio-based alternative to the use of petroleum and other fossil fuels.

                                                                                The successful installation of commercial-scale lignin removal capacity at the Plymouth Mill is the culmination of a research and engineering project launched by Domtar in 2010.  This project was further boosted when the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the company a grant through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Domtar's lignin operation sets a new path for the industry and also marks the latest sustainability milestone for a company that has long been recognized as an industry leader in forest certification and environmental stewardship.

                                                                                "Our vision is to be a global leader in fiber-based innovation," said Bruno Marcoccia, Domtar's director of research and development. "A big part of this is our focus on partnering with best-in class collaborators to develop new products and markets for a wide portfolio of initiatives, like BioChoice."

                                                                                "The possibilities for making a real difference in terms of offering manufacturers a bio-based alternative to the use of petro-chemicals is truly exciting," said Hasan Jameel, a professor in North Carolina State University's Department of Forest Biomaterials. "This is a big win for sustainability on two counts - Domtar improves the efficiency of its pulp-making process, and at the same time the market gets a reliable, high-quality source of this underused material with so much potential."

                                                                                A wide range of potential applications for BioChoice lignin exists, including fuels, resins and thermoplastics. 

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                                                                         (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:15:55 +0100
                                                                                  World's largest biomass gasification plant inaugurated in Vaasa - plant supplied by Metso

                                                                                  Vaskiluodon  Voima  Oy has inaugurated the world's largest biomass gasification plant, which was supplied by Metso, in Vaasa, Finland. The plant was inaugurated by the Finnish Minister of Labour Lauri Ihalainen on March 11th.

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                                                                                  Vaskiluodon Voima's plant is ground-breaking in many ways, as this is the first time in the world that biomass gasification is being adopted on such a large scale for replacement of fossil fuels.

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                                                                                  The technology of the new plant is based on Metso's long-term development work. Metso's delivery included fuel handling, a large-scale dryer and a circulating fluidized bed gasifier, modification work on the existing coal boiler and a Metso DNA automation system. The bio-gasification plant was constructed as part of the existing coal-fired power plant, and the produced gas will be combusted along with coal in the existing coal boiler.

                                                                                  Metso's pioneering role is illustrated by the fact that the company delivered its first plant using gasification technology back in the 1980s. A major challenge in the Vaskiluoto project was the sheer scope - the now inaugurated plant is the world's largest biomass gasification plant.

                                                                                  The plant started up at the turn of the year. The contract for the new plant was announced in June 2011, and Metso started the construction at Vaskiluoto in April of the following year, making the actual construction phase fairly short.

                                                                                  "The operational experiences so far indicate that the 140-MW bio-gasification plant functions as planned, and the produced gas burns cleanly in the coal boiler and reduces emissions," says Mauri Blomberg, Managing Director, Vaskiluodon Voima.

                                                                                  Sights set on energy turnaround

                                                                                  Nearly half of the coal used by the plant can be replaced with gasified biomass. This makes the solution highly environmentally friendly, enables the flexible use of different fuels and significantly extends the life of the current power plant. "The commissioning of the gasification plant is a major step in our company's target of using mainly domestic fuels for heat and electricity production. This can be considered a complete energy turnaround," says Rami Vuola, Chairman of the Board of Vaskiluodon Voima and CEO of EPV Energia Oy, joint owner of Vaskiluodon Voima.

                                                                                  The recent gasification technology projects are an indication of Metso's strategy of offering energy solutions in which technologies related to fuel refining have been brought forth alongside traditional combustion. In May 2012, a similar event was held in Lahti, Finland, with the inauguration of the world's first waste gasification plant.

                                                                                  "I'm sure that Vaskiluoto's investment in increasing the use of renewable energy will draw major international attention. Coal powered plants can be made greener, and Vaskiluoto's plant is leading the way," says Jyrki Holmala, President of Metso's Power business line. "Coal boilers still account for the majority of power production in the world. Bio-gasification technology of this scale offers a new, cost-effective option for increasing the share of biomass and, consequently, for significantly decreasing the use of and emissions from coal.

                                                                                  " Later on in the inauguration day, Metso organized a technology seminar in Vaasa, which was attended by some 50 customers from around Europe. A visit to the new gasification plant was also on the agenda.

                                                                                  Vaskiluodon Voima Oy is equally owned by the energy companies EPV Energia Oy and Pohjolan Voima Oy. The company's power plants, located in Vaasa and Seinäjoki, produce electricity and district heating. 


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                                                                           (Ianadmin) Energy News Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:21:13 +0100
                                                                                    Metso to supply biomass power plant for Vimmerby Energi & Miljö in Sweden for green energy productionö-in-sweden-for-green-energy-productionö-in-sweden-for-green-energy-production

                                                                                    Metso will supply Vimmerby Energi & Miljö AB (VEMAB) with a biomass-fired power plant for combined heat and power production at Tallholmen in the city of Vimmerby, Sweden. The new plant will secure supply of competitive district heating for the city and lower its CO2 emissions. The start-up of the plant is scheduled for the end of 2014.  The value of the order is approximately EUR 25 million.

                                                                                    Metso’s delivery will include a power plant utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology. The plant automation will be based on Metso DNA technology and Metso will also supply a flue gas condenser. The delivery will also include installation, training and commissioning.  

                                                                                    The boiler plant will have a thermal output of 26 MWth and an electrical output of 7 MWe. In addition, the flue gas condenser will produce 4.5 MWth of heat. The plant will be able to supply the district heating network and local industries with hot water of different temperatures. It will also be able to supply steam to a local brewery. The electricity produced will be distributed to the national grid. The plant is designed for unmanned operation. The plant will use local forest residues such as bark and wood chips as fuel.

                                                                                    “We chose Metso as the supplier because they are able to deliver a solid industrial-scale combined heat and power boiler capable of satisfying our need to supply various types of energy. This is a major investment for us. We hope the project will continue as successfully as it has begun and that the CHP plant will be ready to supply heat and electricity during fall 2014,” says Mats-Lennart Karlsson, Project Manager at Vimmerby Energi & Miljö AB.

                                                                                    “We highly value the confidence VEMAB has shown us by awarding us this order. The project has been started successfully and in good cooperation with VEMAB. This is a very important order for us and we are confident that the plant will meet all the client’s expectations,” says Sales Director Mikael Barkar, Power business line, Metso.

                                                                                    The main part of the order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power fourth quarter 2012 orders received. The automation system is included in Automation’s fourth quarter 2012 orders received.

                                                                                    Vimmerby Energi & Miljö AB supplies local customers with renewable electricity and heat. The operations are primarily located in the municipalities of Vimmerby and Hultsfred. Vimmerby Energi & Miljö AB is owned by the municipality of Vimmerby  and its operations are certified in accordance with both ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.

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                                                                             (Ianadmin) Energy News Sat, 23 Feb 2013 20:56:02 +0100
                                                                                      Catalyst Paper to sell its interest in Powell River Energy

                                                                                      catalyst logoCatalyst Paper has announced that it has agreed, subject to court approval, to sell its approximately 50% interest in Powell River Energy Inc. and Powell River Energy Limited Partnership to Powell River Energy Trust, a Brookfield Renewable Energy affiliate for $33 million. Powell River Energy Trust currently holds the other 50% stake in the Powell River Energy joint venture originally established in 2001.

                                                                                      “Sale of this energy asset to our joint venture partner enables a smooth operational transition, maintains reliable electricity supply for our Powell River paper mill under a power purchase agreement and ensures we meet the terms of the plan of arrangement in a timely way,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Clarke. All electricity generated by Powell River Energy will be sold to Catalyst under a power purchase agreement which expires in 2016 with possible extension to 2021 at Catalyst’s discretion.

                                                                                      Pursuant to its plan of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act which became effective September 13, 2012, Catalyst is required to sell its stake in Powell River Energy and to distribute to certain unsecured creditors of Catalyst who did not elect to receive shares in Catalyst in settlement of their claims, their pro rata share of 50% of the net proceeds of the sale (which, given that many creditors elected to instead receive shares, will result in a distribution of approximately 40% of the net proceeds of the sale).  The company will offer to purchase a portion of its Floating Rate Senior Secured Notes with the balance of the net proceeds. The sale is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2013 and is subject to various closing conditions. The company expects to apply to the British Columbia Supreme Court for approval of the sale in the next 10 days.


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                                                                               (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:29:40 +0100
                                                                                        Metso to supply biomass power plant to Bioenergeticheskaya Kompaniya in Russia

                                                                                        Plant will enable utilization of sawmill residue for sustainable heat and power production


                                                                                        met kom bioMetso will supply Bioenergeticheskaya Kompaniya LLC with a complete biomass-fired combined heat and power plant in Syktyvkar, the Komi Republic, Russia. The power plant is scheduled to be in operation in 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed. 

                                                                                        Metso's delivery will include process equipment and technical advisory services for installation, commissioning and training. A Metso belt dryer and a Metso DNA automation system will also be included in the delivery. The power plant will utilize bark and wood residues from the Syktyvkar sawmill and other biomass. The power output of the plant will be 4 MWe. The power will be distributed to the local grid and heat will be utilized in the belt dryer.

                                                                                        "We are convinced that cooperation with Metso will provide a means to utilize the sawmill residues from the Syktyvkar sawmill to produce power. This is an important issue for the Government of the Komi Republic. The new plant will be built based on advanced know-how solutions using the most modern equipment," says Alexander Gibezh, Deputy Minister of Industry and Transport of the Republic of Komi. "Sawmill residues that have long been stored at the site of the Syktyvkar sawmill will now be used as fuel for the new power plant. The investment in the power plant will help to create more job opportunities and will improve the environmental situation in the Komi Republic," adds Alexey Kryukov, CEO of Bioenergeticheskaya Kompaniya.

                                                                                        "This power plant is an important milestone in the development of distributed power generation based on the vast renewable biomass resources of Russia. We are very happy to help Bioenergeticheskaya Kompaniya LLC to lead the way towards local sustainable power solutions," says Director Matti Järvinen, North Eastern Europe, Power business line, Metso. "The uniqueness of our solutions is in the complete supply: all equipment from the fuel handling system to the flue gas cleaning system will be supplied by Metso. The new power plant will also run under a Metso automation system," says Director Nikolay Doroshenko, Russia, Power business line, Metso.

                                                                                        The order is included in Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power fourth quarter 2012 orders received.

                                                                                        The Ministry of Industry and Transport of the Republic of Komi is responsible for implementation of development programs in Komi. The Bioenergeticheskaya Kompaniya biomass-fired power plant is one of the projects in one of the development programs. The project also has a governmental priority status.

                                                                                        Bioenergeticheskaya Kompaniya LLC is a Komi Republic based energy company that provides and markets electricity. Bioenergeticheskaya Kompaniya LLC has a wide range of plans for investments in the Komi region.

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                                                                                 (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:42:02 +0100
                                                                                          Pöyry PLC: Sergio Guimaraes appointed President of the Energy Business Groupöyry-plc-sergio-guimaraes-appointed-president-of-the-energy-business-groupöyry-plc-sergio-guimaraes-appointed-president-of-the-energy-business-group

                                                                                          poySergio Guimaraes has been appointed Executive Vice President of Pöyry PLC and President of the Energy Business Group. Sergio will become a Member of Pöyry PLC's Group Executive Committee. He will take over duties on 15 April 2013 and report to Alexis Fries, President and CEO of Pöyry PLC. Sergio Guimaraes joins Pöyry after a 30 year career in Alstom where he assumed a number of management positions within the global hydro business.

                                                                                          Ari Asikainen, current EVP, President of Energy Business Group, takes up a new position as Senior Vice President of Business Development reporting to Alexis Fries, President and CEO. He will not be a member the Group Executive Committee.

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                                                                                   (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:21:16 +0100
                                                                                            FPInnovations and CanmetENERGY announce MOU Collaborative Research in Bioeconomy to Help Transform Forest Sector

                                                                                            fpinn logo edgeFPInnovations and Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY have signed a memorandum of understanding which will formalize the collaborative efforts of the research teams from both organizations after years of informal cooperation.

                                                                                            Speaking at PaperWeek Canada in Montreal, Pierre Lapointe, CEO of FPInnovations, said the agreement will facilitate the delivery of innovative solutions in areas such as energy co-generation, biorefining, and transformation of forest biomass to bio-energy and high value bioproducts.

                                                                                            Researchers from both organizations will work together to exchange scientific and technical information and collaborate on joint projects.

                                                                                            “This agreement formalizes the long-standing relationship between FPInnovations and Natural Resources Canada and provides a strong framework for future cooperation,” said Lapointe. “Such agreements are the cornerstone that will enable Canada’s forest sector to maximize the potential of the bio-economy and in doing so, help meet the targets outlined in the Forest Products Association of Canada’s Vision 2020, an ambitious plan that challenges us all to find innovative ways to further transform the sector.”

                                                                                            Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY is is Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise on clean energy technologies. It encompasses more than 450 scientists, engineers and technicians, and more than 100 years of experience.

                                                                                            FPInnovations is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector.

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                                                                                     (Ianadmin) Energy News Thu, 07 Feb 2013 09:30:00 +0100
                                                                                              Voith Secures Major Orders for Hydro Power Plant Modernizations in Brazil and China

                                                                                              voithHeidenheim. Another success for Voith’s hydro power business in important growth markets: at the turn of the year, the company has received several major orders for the modernization of hydro power stations in Brazil as well as in China. The combined contract value of the projects is about €185 million.

                                                                                              "Our success with these orders shows that the trend towards modernization in major hydro power markets is further continuing," said Dr. Roland Münch, CEO and President of Voith Hydro Holding in Heidenheim. "As an additional important mainstay, the growing modernization business complements the existing activities regarding new constructions. Thanks to our comprehensive competency and long-term experience we are able to benefit from both developments."

                                                                                              For the three major projects in Brazil, Voith is modernizing the power plants Salto Santiago and Passo Fundo on behalf of Tractebel Energia S.A., as well as Chavantes hydro power station for the operator Duke Energy. In the 1,420-MW power station Salto Santiago, the four turbines and generators, the electro-mechanical equipment, as well as the automation technology are completely refurbished and renewed. At the 226-MW hydro power plant Passo Fundo, Voith modernizes the two generating units, the automation systems as well as the governors for the turbines. The Chavantes project covers the renewal of three generating units, including turbines and generators, and the associated electro-mechanical systems in the 414-MW-plant.

                                                                                              In Sanmenxia hydro power plant in China, Voith is modernizing two 50-MW turbines as well as other components and automation elements. In order to reduce erosion due to strong abrasion by the sands of the Yellow River, Voith had already initiated a research project in cooperation with the customer while having optimized a further turbine in the plant some time ago. This experience will be supportive for the current project and does not only ensure improved resistance to erosion but also an efficiency increase of about four percentage points, resulting in an annual plus of just under eight million kilowatt hours per unit.

                                                                                              China and Brazil are among the largest hydro power markets in the world. Apart from working on new infrastructure projects, both countries are increasingly focusing on the modernization and refurbishment of hydro power plants that have been running for decades now. This is development that has already started to take place in North America and Europe accordingly.

                                                                                              The Importance of Hydro Power

                                                                                              Hydro power is the largest, oldest and also most reliable form of renewable energy generation. Worldwide it makes an indispensable contribution to stable power supplies and hence to economic and social development - in industrial countries and also in rapidly growing regions. At the same time, hydro power significantly contributes to climate-protecting energy generation. Voith has been a leading supplier of this technology since the early beginning of hydro power utilization, and continuously develops and improves this technology.

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                                                                                       (Ianadmin) Energy News Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:36:06 +0100
                                                                                                ANDRITZ to supply eco-friendly biomass boiler plant to Fortum Värme, Swedenärme-swedenärme-sweden

                                                                                                and fortumInternational technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Fortum Värme to supply a circulating fluidized bed boiler for the new Värtaverket combined heat and power plant in Stockholm, Sweden. The biomass boiler plant will be one of the largest of its kind worldwide. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

                                                                                                The order includes the supply of a PowerFluid fluidized bed boiler with useful heat output of 330 MW, a flue gas cleaning plant, as well as the electrical and control systems. With the new plant from ANDRITZ Energy & Environment, which will cover the rising demand for district heating in Stockholm, fossil-based fuels like coal and oil can be replaced largely with eco-friendly biomass. When the biomass boiler plant is started up, the proportion of renewable fuels used at the Värtaverket power station will increase from 45% to 70%.

                                                                                                The heating generated in the new Värtaverket combined heat and power plant will be equivalent to the demand from a total of 190,000 households. Current investments by Fortum Värme make a substantial contribution towards placing Stockholm among the leading capital cities worldwide in terms of air quality. Fortum Värme’s goal is to supply Stockholm entirely with climate-neutral heat by 2030.

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                                                                                         (Ianadmin) Energy News Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0100
                                                                                                  Metso to supply biomass-fired heating plant for district heat production to Savon Voima in Finland

                                                                                                  Metso's biomass-fired heating plant delivery will increase the production of green energy in line with Savon Voima's strategy

                                                                                                  Metso will supply a biomass-fired heating plant for district heat production to Savon Voima Oyj in Leppävirta in Finland. Following the investment, the municipality of Leppävirta will have access to more district heat generated using renewable fuels, in accordance with Savon Voima's bioenergy program. The new heating plant will significantly reduce the consumption of oil. The plant will go on stream in late 2013. The value of the order is approximately EUR 9 million.

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                                                                                                  Metso's turnkey delivery will include process equipment and buildings as well as installation and construction work. The delivery will also include Metso's flue gas scrubber. Once completed, the plant will have a heat output of 8 MW and it will produce hot water for the district heating network of the municipality of Leppävirta. The plant will be fired by wood-based biomass sourced locally, such as forest residue and peat.

                                                                                                  "We chose Metso as the supplier of our new plant because we have a long history of successful cooperation with Metso during previous plant deliveries, the latest of which was the delivery of a plant of the same size to Suonenjoki. Metso's solution also offered the best overall economy," says Savon Voima's Project Manager Hannu Lipsanen.

                                                                                                  "We want to be a reliable partner in advancing Savon Voima's sustainable projects that use domestic fuel. The Leppävirta project is very important for us. We will supply a plant which will reduce the use of fossil fuels and provide an energy efficient solution for district heat production," confirms Teemu Koskela, in charge of the sales of bioheat plants at Metso.

                                                                                                  The order is included in Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power fourth quarter 2012 orders received.

                                                                                                  Savon Voima Oyj is a Finnish energy company that provides and markets electricity and heating services. With sales totalling more than EUR 211 million (2011), the company is one of Finland's largest providers of energy services. Savon Voima is also a significant employer within the energy sector, and has a staff of approximately 170 professionals. Years of systematic investments in emission-free energy production have raised the proportion of bioenergy in heat generation to over 80 percent.

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                                                                                           (Ianadmin) Energy News Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:56:52 +0100