to-the-point: Finland starts tests of renewable district heating plant
Wood pellets. Author: U.S. Department of Agriculture. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic
A pellet-fired plant in Helsinki with a district heat output of about 92 MW entered test operations last week, Finnish utility Helen Ltd announced Friday.
The first fire was ignited on October 17, while non-stop heat production will commence in November. The inauguration of the pellet heating plant in Salmisaari is planned for the late winter of 2018.
Helen says the project is part of its “sizeable investment programme” to switch away from coal. It is also Finland’s largest pellet boiler. It will be burning 21 tonnes of pellets per hour, producing enough heat for 25,000 one-bedroom apartments.
Helen aims to achieve climate-neutral energy production by 2050.