Västhamnsverket - Öresundskraft

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  • Mars 2018


Västhamnsverket was originally planned to run on oil but this was converted to coal during the construction phase, and the plant came into operation in 1982. From 1996, SEK 100 million was invested in converting the plant from coal- to biofuel-fired. The final load of coal disappeared into the boiler in 2006, and now district heating is mainly produced from biofuel and industrial waste heat.

All electricity and district heating generated in the solid fuel boiler derives from biofuel, i.e. pellets and wood briquettes. However, a quarter of Helsingborg's heating needs is met by using waste heat recovered from the city's industries. At Västhamnsverket there is also a heating pump that converts the energy content in the treated water from Helsingborg's sewage system to district heating and district cooling.

Biofuel is better for the environment because it involves no net addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. The ash remaining after pellet incineration is then returned to the forest in the form of fertiliser.

The conversion from coal to biofuel has resulted in considerable reductions in emissions over the city. Carbon dioxide emission has fallen by more than 90 percent since 1990, which is the equivalent to the emissions from 100,000 cars in the city centre. In 1990, carbon dioxide emissions were 330,000 tonnes but by 2008 the figure had been reduced to 10,000 tonnes.

Atmospheric fallout has almost completely disappeared since the installation of effective textile dust filters. Sulphur emissions have been reduced from 150,000 tonnes to today's zero level. Nitrogen emissions have been halved since the start of the 1980s, mainly due to efficient combustion in the boiler.
Öresundskraft, which runs Västhamnsverket, now supplies district heating to 4,000 families. Helsingborg residents have been supplied with district heating since 1964 via a distribution network that today reaches virtually all built-up areas in the municipality. In 2005, one of Sweden's longest district heating pipelines was opened, stretching from Helsingborg to Landskrona. A few years ago, Ängelholm was also provided with district heating via the Åkerslundsverket power plant.

Öresundskraft has a strong platform from which to develop more efficient and environment-friendly heat and electricity production. The next stage is to prepare for energy recovery from combustible waste via the planned power plant at Filborna. This is a joint project together with Nordvästra Skånes Renhållnings AB (NSR).
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Uppdaterad den 31 oktober 2017
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