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Fortum’s high hopes for waste-to-energy CCS plants

By District Energy posted 03-19-2021 15:53


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A waste-to-energy plant running in the Norwegian capital of Oslo could soon utilise ground-breaking CCS technology to help reduce carbon emissions as the country looks to power ahead with its green recovery.

That’s the end goal for international energy company Fortum which is currently working on the ambitious project that, if successful, will be responsible for decarbonising the plant that has been operating in the city since 1985.

Playing a large part in this effort is Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås, Director for CCS at Fortum Oslo Varme.

Fully emersed in the plans and developments, Bjerkås and her team have been working around the clock to make this goal a near-term reality. To find out exactly what they are working on, the advantages of such effort and plans for the future, gasworld spoke exclusively to Bjerkås.

“Fortum is burning non-recyclable waste to provide a sustainable solution for discarded product that cannot be recycled,” she explained.

During that burning process of non-recyclable waste, the plant’s integrated CCS technology will capture approximately 90% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) that is emitted. Bjerkås explained that about 50% of this CO2 has a biological origin, meaning it is part of the natural CO2 cycle.

“When we capture that CO2, in effect, we’re taking CO2 out of the atmosphere. We know this will be very important in order for the EU to reach its climate goals,” she said.

Once captured, the CO2 is then conditioned and compressed into liquid form before being transported to port by zero emission vehicles that Fortum is using as part of the project. At the port, the CO2 is then ready for immediate storage where it will be injected via pipeline for permanent storage beneath the seabed.

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