Vattenfall opens 110-MW biofuel heating plant in Sweden

Vattenfall Heat Carpe Futurum Uppsala. Image by Vattenfall (

March 17 (Renewables Now) - Swedish utility Vattenfall AB today said it has inaugurated a 110-MW biofuel heating plant in Uppsala, Sweden that will be fueled by wood chips, recycled biomass and bark in different combinations.

The new Carpe Futurum facility is located in Vattenfall's main heat plant in Uppsala, Bolanderna, and is a key part of a SEK 3.5 billion (USD 369m/EUR 336m) transformation programme to remove fossil fuels from Uppsala heat production. The new plant will lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by some 200,000 tonnes per year, compared to the use of peat and other fossil fuels, halving the climate footprint for around 170,000 people served by the company’s district heating grid in the city.

“Carpe Futurum is a milestone in Vattenfall's work to phase out fossil fuels in its Swedish heat operation by 2025 and to reach net zero emissions within the entire company by 2040,” said Ulrika Jardfelt, head of Vattenfall Business Area Heat.

Uppsala mayor Erik Pelling said the new plant is in line with the city's target of becoming fossil-free by 2030.

(SEK 1 = USD 0.106/EUR 0.096)

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