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ABB to power world’s most energy-efficient bioproduct mill - first to operate fossil fuel-free

ABB to power world’s most energy-efficient bioproduct mill - first to operate fossil fuel-free

Feb 19, 2016
Energy & resource efficiency
Bioproducts & materials
Bioenergy & biofuels

ABB will supply the complete power and process electrical systems for Metsä Group’s new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski in central Finland, opening in 2017. The mill will be the first in the world to operate fully free from fossil fuels, and it will increase the share of renewable energy in Finland by more than 2%. 

The mill will produce 1.3 million tonnes of pulp per year and bioproducts such as tall oil, turpentine, lignin products, bioelectricity and bark-based solid fuel. ABB’s pioneering technology solutions will support the mill to maximize its bioenergy production. Using over 1,000 of the most advanced energy-efficient motors and state-of-the-art power systems the mill will produce 2.4 times more electricity than it consumes. 

The mill is designed to produce 1.8 terawatt hours of energy annually, representing 2.5% of the electricity produced in Finland today. The orders are worth over US 33 million, the majority has been booked in the last half of 2015.

"We have long experience of good cooperation with ABB. Their wide product portfolio, project expertise and high degree of domestic content affected most our decision," says Timo Merikallio, project director of Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill.

"We are extremely happy that we can participate in the largest investment in history of the Finnish forest sector with our expertise and products," says Tauno Heinola, Country Manager Director of ABB in Finland. 

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Source: ABB

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