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23 January 2023

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Umeå Energi and LiquidWind build green methanol factory for green marine fuel 

Umeå Energi and LiquidWind are collaborating and building a green methanol, or eMethanol factory, at the Dåva heat and power station in Umeå, northern Sweden. The investment in the project is approximately SEK 3-4 billion. The eMethanol will be manufactured by combining captured carbon dioxide from the burning of biomass and green hydrogen gas produced with wind powered electricity. Moreover, the proximity of the factory to the Dåva heat and power station allows waste heat to be used in district heating for Umeå citizens. And in addition, a rail terminal is going to be built close to Dåva, which will allow for sustainable transport. The Chairman of Umeå’s Municipal Board, Hans Lindberg, believes the project can bring other companies to establish in the area, further flourishing the green industry in Umeå and creating a Dåva company park.

Calculations show that the factory will capture 230,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and reduce carbon emissions by 40%, which will allow Umeå to make headway towards their 2030 carbon neutral goal. Demand for electrofuel has already been shown by the marine transport market. The factory will produce 100,000 tonnes eMethanol per year, decreasing carbon emissions by 150,000 tonnes by replacing fossil marine fuels. 

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Survey shows which Swedish municipalities support nuclear power plants

According to a survey conducted by TT, nuclear power is welcomed in primarily moderate-governed municipalities. Almost every fifth municipality is positive about nuclear power when the road is now open to building new electricity production. Out of the 290 Swedish municipalities, 132 answered the survey, of which 18% said that they are open to nuclear power plants in their multiplicity. However, 50% answered ‘no’, whilst 32% replied ‘do not know’. As mentioned, municipalities that are controlled by the Moderate Party, especially in the south of Sweden where there are great electricity shortages, have mostly answered ‘yes’. 

The Swedish Government has decided to change the law so that more nuclear power plants can be built inland. Nuclear power reactors require cooling water, so the bigger reactors are to be built by the sea, while smaller reactors are to be built next to a river or lake. Now the smallest reactors can be built with a cooling basin and tower or just air cooling, so the geographical areas where reactors can be built have widened according to Carl Berglöf, an expert in nuclear power at Energiföretagen. 

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P2X start building green hydrogen plant in Harjavalta, Finland

P2X has laid the foundation stone for Finland’s first industrial-scale green hydrogen production plant. The Finnish Minister for Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä, believes the project “is part of the positive change taking place in the energy industry but which has been overshadowed by the energy crisis so far.” Lintilä also stated that this has led to “the green transition being accelerated by energy self-sufficiency in addition to environmental reasons.” Moreover, green hydrogen will not only allow for energy self-sufficiency, but is crucial to the production of green steel and heavy duty transport. P2X aims to create 1 GW of electrolysis capacity by 2031. In 2021, the plant received about a EUR 26 million grant from the Finnish Ministry of Employment and Economy. They have also been funded by the Climate Fund.


Four biogas plants secure Enova funding in Norway

Enova has granted NOK 161.9 million to the four Norwegian biogas companies, Hardanger Biogass, Lista Biogass, RENEVO and Sømna Biogass Eiendom. The companies secured the funding in the second round and scored best in two criteria, which were the degree of innovation and energy result per granted NOK. Nils Kristian Nakstad, CEO of Enova, said that “Biogas can play an important role in the transition to renewable energy sources and our task is to contribute to technology development and increased profitability in the value chain for biogas and biofuel.” The four biogas plants will produce 320 GWh of liquefied biogas (LBG) annually.


Alelion Energy Systems and Exide Technologies start dialogue on high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems and solutions

Alelion Energy Systems and Exide Technologies have begun discussions regarding a possible business collaboration with a focus on the manufacture and sale of high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems. The Swedish company Alelion has expertise in lithium-ion technology, and the American company Exide Technologies specialises in battery storage. The aim of the dialogue between the companies is to discuss the potential production and sales of high-voltage lithium-ion battery systems and solutions. Specifically, solutions for the material handling and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) market segments will be discussed. "A future collaboration between our companies would be based on Exide's strong market position and Alelion's leading technical expertise," said the CEO of Alelion Energy Systems, Åsa Nordström. 

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Sun4Energy builds solar park for Näckåns Energi

The Swedish company Sun4Energy Glava AB aims to offer solutions to customers that accelerate the green energy transition and minimise costs. Sun4Energy recently announced that the company has signed an agreement to construct a 1 MW solar park worth SEK 8.8 million for Näckåns Energi AB in Sysslebäck, Sweden. Construction will begin in spring 2023 and the solar park is expected to be put into operation in autumn this year. The project will be the second largest green project in the area of Green Power Valley.

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Nordex secures 258 MW wind power order from Enefit Green

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex is going to deliver, install and undertake the service of 38 wind turbines in Estonia for an order from the Swedish company Enefit Green. The service agreement will be valid for 30 years. In a press release, Eefit reports that the cost for delivery and service of the turbines lands at EUR 346 million. 


IOWN Energy considers building 270 m high wind turbines in Norway

The tallest wind turbines in Norway are currently 220m high. Now, the Swedish Company IOWN Energy considers building wind turbines with a height of 270m in Bjerkreim, Norway. The height is preliminary and will be determined in the future, depending on the technology development. People have mixed opinions on the current tallest wind turbine, some think it’s great, while others think it looks dreadful. According to the project description, the turbines will be visible at distances of 40-50km in clear weather. 


Green Hydrogen Systems signs new order of A-series electrolyser units

Green Hydrogen Systems A/S has signed a supply and service agreement for 16 A-series pressurised alkaline electrolyser units. The 16 units will have a combined capacity of 7.2 MW, which is the company’s largest order to date. All the units will be delivered by 2024. 


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