Swedish metal powder producer Höganäs AB has announced collaboration with a local energy supplier and WA3RM AB to re-use residual heat and carbon dioxide from Höganäs’ metal powder production plants in tomato cultivation, fish farming and as electricity. The cooperation will not just result in a reduced effect on the environment, it will also profit local business and create more jobs in the area, the company stated.
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. However, not all waste heat can be re-used in this way. “It is difficult to use residual heat with a temperature under 70 degrees for district heating,” stated 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 cooperating with WA3RM, a company whose goal is to develop new industries based on industrial residual heat, called Regenerative Industrial Development (RID). WA3RM will buy the heat and carbon dioxide from Höganäs that isn’t suitable for district heating and use it for greenhouse cultivation, 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,” stated Michael Wiegert at WA3RM.
“From our point of view, this is by far a question of being a sustainable business, utilising residual heat contributing to the surrounding community and the environmentally friendly production of food and energy,” added Pettersson.
The facilities will be located as close to Höganäs’ plants as possible, with planned production beginning within three years.