05.09.2016 Corporate,Sustainability

Residual heat and carbon dioxide from Höganäs will give life to greenhouses and fish farms

Höganäs AB in Sweden has started a cooperation together with the local energy supplier and WA3RM AB to re-use residual heat and carbon dioxide from Höganäs' plants.

The heat will be used for greenhouse cultivation, fish farming and as electricity. The cooperation will not just result in a reduced effect on the environment. It will also profit local entrepreneurs and create more jobs in the area.

Höganäs' production of metal powder products generates residual heat and carbon dioxide. Today, some of that residual heat is used for district heating in cooperation with local energy supplier Höganäs Energi. But all waste heat can't be re-used and a large amount stays unutilized.

- It is difficult to use residual heat with a temperature under 70 degrees for district heating, explains Magnus Pettersson, Energy Coordinator at Höganäs. But it can be used for other things, lowering our total environmental impact.

Höganäs AB and Höganäs Energi is therefore cooperationg with WA3RM, a company whose business idea is to develop new industries based on industrial residual heat, called "Regenerative Industrial Development (RID)". WA3RM will buy the heat and carbon oxide from Höganäs that isn't suitable for district heating and use it for greenhouse tomato farming, fish farming and electricity.

- Höganäs, Sweden, is an interesting area for us to do business in. Höganäs is a successful industrial company generating residual heat, in combination with a surrounding local community with great experience from greenhouse and fish farming. We believe that the prerequisites for a successful establishment are great here, says Michael Wiegert at WA3RM.

The initiative is part of Höganäs' sustainability work and the cooperation will not just decrease the impact on the environment and support local actors, but also generate new jobs in the area.

- From our point of view, this is by far a question of being a sustainable business, utilizing residual heat contributing to the surrounding community and the environmentally friendly production of food and energy, says Magnus.

For Höganäs Energi, the cooperation is an opportunity to increase the exploitation of residual heat and a cost effective development of the energy infrastructure in the area. But also an opportunity to be a part of the development of new and sustainable business ideas.

- It is important for us to contribute to a sustainable energy system and business development in Höganäs, says Benny Ulmestig, CEO, Höganäs Energi.

The facilities will be located as close to Höganäs' plants as possible, but with consideration to local planning regulations. During the coming year, detailed plans regarding the greenhouses and fish farming facilities will take form. If the preconditions are right, production will be possible within three years.

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