In Finland, Q-ROBOT has already been installed to Kuopion Energia, Fortum’s biomass fired power plant in Joensuu and to the Napapiirin Energia ja Vesi in Rovaniemi.
According to Huotari, there would be a need for the robot they had developed, as there are thousands of large biofuel power plants around the world. In addition, a number of bioenergy projects are being planned to increase the share of renewable energy in the fuel mix.
According to Salovaara, the new power plant will use about 70 percent of wood as fuel. The rest is recycled fuel and peat. The use of peat in Oulu will gradually decrease and will be completely eliminated in the 2040s. Oulun Energia’s goal is to produce carbon-neutral energy.
The cost estimate for the Laanila bio power plant in Oulu is approximately EUR 200 million. It will be completed in the autumn of 2020. The new power plant will have 215 MW of power and 70 MW of electric power and 175 megawatts of district heat.
Further information: Juha Huotari, CEO tel. +358 50 591 7350, juha.huotari@prometec