Power plants as part of Circular Economy and Renewable energy solutions
The project is funded by Just Transition Fund (JTF). The project is implemented by University of Eastern Finland and Savonia University of Applied Sciences (coordinator).
Power plant boilers play a central role in terms of society’s security of energy supply and the achievements of renewable energy goals regionally, nationally and also in the wider European region. In addition, significant raw materials flows pass through power boilers, for which the utilization in terms of circular economy is important to achieve. In the region of North-Savo, and especially in Central Savo, there is a wide network of energy sector operators, whose economic importance is great . The project’s target group is these companies in the energy and technology sector, the SMEs that provide services for them, as well as energy-intensive operators that use a lot of energy in their production or business. The general objective of the project is to develop the operations of North-Savo’s energy sector in such a way that the transition to carbon-neutral energy production takes place in a controlled and socially just way without jeopardizing the security of energy production and at the same time utilizing the raw material flows generated in accordance with the principles of the circular economy. The project focuses especially on the controlling of ash-related problems in boilers when switching to more difficult bio- and waste-derived fuels, the utilization and processing of ash and other industrial side streams, and the equipping of pilot and laboratory test environments with advanced measurement methods.