EPV Energy plans to build a district heating battery and electric boiler at the power plant site in Seinäjoki. The new investment is an important decision and will support EPV Energy’s (EPV) New Electricity Revolution strategy excellently, as well as its mission to achieve zero-emission energy generation. Together, the district heating battery and electric boiler will be excellent components in the clean heat production system of the future.
EPV’s goal is to use new sources of electricity production to connect the energy needs of different industries by developing solutions based on new electricity, for example, in heat generation. The district heating battery and electric boiler will play an important role in the clean heat production system of the future. A clean heat production system is a long-term, emission-free solution that will secure competitive heat supply for the regions, while supporting the needs of the new weather-dependent energy systems. This investment will enable a regional reduction of around 50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.This heat production combination provides excellent support for the needs of the future energy system that involves sector coupling.
“These investments allow us to optimise the minimum loads and shutdown periods of the Seinäjoki power plant more effectively. New electricity will enable us to reduce CHP production when the electricity market is at its weakest. At the same time, we will reduce the unnecessary use of peat and further decrease emissions,” says Mats Söderlund, Vice President, EPV Heat.
The district heating battery being planned for Seinäjoki will have a volume of 10,000 m³, an energy storage capacity of 400 MWh and a charge and discharge capacity of 40 MW. The electric boiler will have a capacity of 40 MW.
The Seinäjoki power plant site offers an excellent operating infrastructure for the new joint project
The Seinäjoen Voima area is a superb site for the project.
“The largest volume of heat and electricity production currently comes from this site. That is why it is a good idea to build new solutions in its vicinity. In addition, there is a strong electricity distribution and power plant infrastructure in the area, which will help keep project costs affordable,” Söderlund explains.
The total cost of building the electric boiler and district heating battery is approximately EUR 5 million. Business Finland has granted the investment energy aid. The project was started in the summer of 2021 and is expected to be ready in early autumn 2022.
EPV’s energy generation will become completely emission-free by the end of the 2020s
According to our strategy, EPV’s energy production will become completely emission-free by the end of the 2020s.
“We now have EUR 1,000 million worth of investments in new electricity on our drawing board. In the future, new electricity will be solely generated using the zero-emission energy sources of solar, wind, hydro and nuclear power, which are key to our strategy. In addition, we will utilise emission-free streams of raw material, such as forest energy, and circular economy products, such as industrial producer gases,” Söderlund says.
For more information contact: Mats Söderlund, Vice President, EPV Heat, tel. +358 10 505 5059