May 19 (Renewables Now) - Wartsila Corp (HEL:WRT1V) has entered into a 12-month co-development agreement with Vantaa Energy Ltd that could lead to the construction of a carbon-neutral synthetic biogas production facility in Finland.
The two Finnish companies have agreed to conduct a joint concept feasibility study for a power-to-gas plant at Vantaa Energy’s waste-to-energy facility in the city of Vantaa. Through this process, the pair will confirm the optimal size of the project along with the cost of synthetic biogas for use in district heating.
Since 2018, Wartsila has been investing in research on Power-to-X, a process that allows creating carbon neutral and renewable synthetic fuels by capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. Matti Rautkivi, director of strategy and business development at Wartsila Energy Business, commented that the alliance with Vantaa Energy will enable the company to apply its know-how into a real project. The energy firm, on the other hand, will contribute its experience and understanding of the district heating business.
The partners hope that once the project becomes feasible, they will continue joint development towards a commercial-scale pilot project.