In the town of Hanko, Adven’s climate-friendly energy solutions benefit businesses and homes alike

The town of Hanko, at the southern tip of Finland, is home to a cluster of process steam and heating plants operated by Adven. The plants' close proximity to each other provides synergies for both maintenance and fuel procurement. Any surplus heat from the plants is fed into the town’s district heating network, which is also under Adven’s management.

Three major industrial companies operating in the Hanko region have great faith in their partnership with Adven. For years, the company has provided heat energy and steam for their operations. In addition, Adven manages the town’s district heating network, providing completely carbon-free heating for local residents.

The cluster of Adven plants in Hanko was created at the turn of 2009–2010, at a time when the use of bioenergy in industrial applications was starting to gain traction. The requirements of regulatory authorities had become more stringent, which meant that outsourcing energy production was an attractive and beneficial solution for industrial operators.

The transition from fossil fuels to biofuels required special expertise and, in many cases, a financial investment. The industrial companies operating in the Hanko area wanted to focus their investments on their core business, and Adven’s Energy as a ServiceTM model was compatible with many of the companies’ development plans.

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There are many benefits to operating several plants clustered closely together, especially in terms of fuel procurement and operating staff scheduling. The functions of the three plants are not directly connected; however, as the plants are clustered closely together, it is only natural to create maintenance plans together and consider preventive maintenance as a larger whole. 

The town of Hanko: district heating with zero CO2 emissions

Early in 2010, a biofuel-fired district heating plant operated by Adven was started up in Hanko. For the most part, the district heating required by Hanko residents and companies is produced by firing wood chips from Finnish sources. Thanks to Adven’s heating plant, the local district heating production is entirely free of CO2 emissions.

Furthermore, in order to increase overall energy efficiency, any surplus heat from the processes and energy production of local industrial plants is fed into the district heating network.


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