Hämeen Matkailu - Bright Green Forssa Region page 16-17
Glass Wool poWeRed By BioGas
Partnerships between companies in the environmental business in the Forssa region have undoubtedly been very productive. The co-operation between Envor Biotech and Isover is an excellent example of how businesses can benefit from each other while making their operations greener. Envor Biotech Oy operates a biogas plant in the Envitech area in Forssa, producing over four million cubic metres of biogas per year. Biogas produced at the plant is composed of approximately 60-70 % methane and 3040 % carbon dioxide. Saint-Gobain Rakennustuotteet Oy operates a plant in Forssa producing ISOVER building insulation products, ISOTEC technical insulation products and ECOPHON acoustics products. ISOVER is the world’s leading insulation brand and a pioneer in energy-efficient construction solutions. The two companies decided to join forces and, as a result, Saint-Gobain Rakennustuotteet Oy (ISOVER) will begin to utilise biogas at its Forssa plant in 2010. Biogas will replace liquefied petroleum gas as an energy source for the production of mineral wool insulation. – The Forssa plant will be the world’s first glass wool plant where traditional fossil fuels are replaced by renewable energy, enthuses Plant Manager Matti Salo. The solution is also ecological from a logistics standpoint, as the biogas used will be locally produced. The distance from the Envor biogas plant to the Isover production facility is only 2.5 kilometres and the gas will be transported via a gas pipe. The solution supports ecological operations and also makes sense from a business standpoint, which makes it a perfect example of bright green principles.
case: envoR Biotech and saint-GoBain isoveR
one company’s Waste is anotheR company’s Fuel
case: ekopoRt and st1
In addition to biogas, the Forssa region has a long history of producing recycled fuel for power plant use. Ekoport Oy and St1 are bringing two new technologies to the region, making it possible to refine waste into more advanced fuel products. Ekoport Turku Oy is constructing the Nordic countries’ first diesel oil plant that produces fuel from household waste in the Envitech area of Forssa. Ekoport’s pilot oil plant is set to process approximately 15,000 tons of municipal waste per year, corresponding to waste from some 30,000 households, refining the waste mass into diesel in its conversion plant. The plant is able to utilise any matter containing carbon as a raw material. The process produces no emissions and only minor quantities of ash are produced as a by-product. The method is thereby a more environmentally friendly option, compared to incinerating or composting waste. The diesel oil produced in the plant will be distributed for use in vehicles through St1 petrol stations. When the process has been tested and optimised, the capacity is set to be expanded from the level planned for the pilot stage. The energy company St1 is also an active player on the bioenergy markets. The company’s new production plant in Jokioinen is set to begin refining ethanol from starch waste produced at the Suomen Sokeri sugar refinery in 2011. St1 is presently searching for new raw materials for refining ethanol. By utilising waste in fuel production, the companies increase Finland’s self-sufficiency in oil production and help Finland reach the EU fuel objective of having biofuels make up approximately 6 % of the total fuel consumption in transportation by the end of 2010.