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Industrial PRIME | September 2, 2015

Fortum’s First Round of Bio-Oil Exports Marks a Significant Step Towards Productization

E.ON’s Karlshamn power plant is looking for ways to decrease its environmental footprint. (Image: Fortum)
Fortum’s First Round of Bio-Oil Exports Marks a Significant Step Towards Productization

Industrial PRIME | September 2, 2015

Next-generation energy company Fortum has completed the first export delivery of its Fortum Otso bio-oil produced in Finland.

160 tonnes of bio-oil was delivered to the town of Karlshamn in southern Sweden, where a test burn took place last week at E.ON’s 1,000-megawatt power plant, one of the largest peaking power plants in the Nordic countries.

A record-breaking power output of 175 megawatts was achieved in the test burn, proving that bio-oil can be used to replace heavy fuel oil even in large-scale power plants. This fact, according to Fortum, is likely to increase the demand for bio-oil in the near future.

“The successful test burn undoubtedly was a significant step towards the productization of bio-oil,” said Kasperi Karhapää, Head of Pyrolysis and Business Development, Fortum Heat Finland and the Baltics. “We are pleased to be able to start exporting this new Finnish cleantech product.”

The Fortum Otso bio-oil is produced from wood-based raw materials at Fortum’s bio-oil plant in Joensuu, Finland. Integrated with Fortum’s CHP plant, the bio-oil plant utilizes fast pyrolysis technology and is the first of its kind in the world on an industrial scale.

Using bio-oil as an energy source reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% in comparison to fossil fuels.

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