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Finland Lands Funds to Reduce Landfills and Fuel Land

For years researchers and energy tycoons have been searching for a practical means by which to utilize biomass waste to create energy.
 Finland Lands Funds to Reduce Landfills and Fuel Land
 
 
For years researchers and energy tycoons have been searching for a practical means by which to utilize biomass waste to create energy. All that stuff we as consumers throw in the garbage day in and day out accumulates in landfills, and we are none-the-wiser as to the energy goldmine collecting in our local dumps. The city of Lahti, Finland, however, knows exactly the resource they have on their hands and have been putting it to good use.

Since the late 1990s, Lahti Energia, the energy company owned by the city of Lahti, has been seeking ways to use their biomass to effectively create energy and heat. Thanks to new cleaner biomass gasification technology, backing from the European Union, and a hefty loan from Nordic Investment Bank to the tune of €50 million, the city is now making the project a reality with the construction of their new waste-to-energy power plant.

There are several factors that make Lahti the perfect location for a project like this. First, the plant is utilizing the already existing infrastructure of Lahti’s coal-buring power plant, which makes construction of the facility far simpler and cost-effective. Second, Lahti is located in the Päijät-Häme region of Finland, which is renowned for sorting their waste effectively and efficiently. Third, the region has existing CHP (combined heat and power) infrastructure, which pipes the heat given off from power plants throughout the city, reducing the need for heating utilities.

The new facility is set to open in 2012 and will utilize 250,000 metric tons of biomass, reducing landfill size by approximately 10%. The Lahti region has been moving from coal to alternative sources of energy for the last decade-and-a-half, and with this new waste-to-energy power plant they are on track to reduced their dependency on fossil fuels by 50%.

Source: Nordic Investment Bank
 
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