KPA Unicon Delivers Boiler Plant
The bio-heating boiler plant delivered for Fortum to Espoo, Finland, in the Helsinki metropolitan area, was handed over for commercial use on May 5, 2020. Unicon Renefluid bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boiler plant generates heating for residents of Espoo utilizing wood biomass— replacing part of the old coal-based heat production. The plant’s output is 49MW, and thanks to use of Unicon Condenser it produces up to 58MW of district heat.
KPA Unicon’s BFB boiler utilizes carbon-neutral biomass that is not suitable for other uses, such as forest residue chips and demolition wood. During implementation of the plant special attention was given to combating local emissions. The plant’s dust, nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide emissions have been managed using the most advanced technologies in the industry, which ensure local emissions that are significantly lower than the regulations and recommendations of the authorities.
“It has been a pleasure to be involved in meeting Fortum’s heat production needs and to work together towards a cleaner future. The delivery was a confirmation that KPA Unicon has the technology and ability to supply plants of this size,” says Jukka-Pekka Kovanen, Managing Director of KPA Unicon.
“The new bio-heating boiler plant in Kivenlahti is an important step in our Espoo Clean Heat program, where the goal is to generate completely carbon-neutral district heating in this decade and to discontinue the use of coal in 2025. The biomass-fired heating plant will replace one of coal-fired units from Suomenoja power plant,” says Panu Ahrnberg, Head of Production at Fortum.
KPA Unicon is investing heavily in developing new energy solutions and sees responsible use of biomass waste and recycled fuels as a big part of the future energy mix, which saves valuable natural resources, combats climate change and keeps living environment healthy.
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