Heat pump plants increase much-needed energy self-sufficiency and bring cost benefits

Energy and cost efficiency, sustainability and energy self-sufficiency are drivers for better solutions in energy production.
AmbiHeat Petri Vuori
Energy self-sufficiency brings energy costs down. CEO of Calefa, Petri Vuori at the heat pump plant of Orion pharmaceutical factory in Turku, Finland.

– In the current global situation energy self-sufficiency has become the number one priority. Energy production needs to be based on other sources than gas or oil. In addition energy efficiency needs to be improved so that energy consumption is minimized. Energy should be produced without CO2 emissions, Petri Vuori, the CEO of Calefa Oy lists the guidelines ot fight the energy crisis.

Heat pump technology has developed in giant steps during the last years. It will have a major role in the energy transformation.

Environment offers multiple energy sources

AmbiHeat heat pump power plants, designed and manufactured in Finland, produce efficient heat from industrial waste heat, outdoor air, waterbodies, geothermal and solar energy, in other words from ambient sources available.

The zero-emission heat can be utilized as district heating and for industrial needs. The same heat pump plant can also produce district cooling or cooling for industrial processes.

– Unfortunately there is still too little discussion on the possibilities to cover a major part of energy need by advanced heat pump technology. Property heating could be dealt with entirely, and many industrial processes could be handled as well, without the need for fossil fuels, says Petri Vuori.

The core of the AmbiHeat heat pump plants are specially designed HotLevel heat pumps, which are capable of reaching even 130 ˚C with good efficiency.

Industrial energy solutions are becoming not only self-sufficient but also carbon-neutral

Examples of zero-emission, affordable heat production systems pop up around Finland. 

The Paroc Panel System factory in South-Western Parainen replaced their oil consumption completely last year, by switching their property heating self-sufficient with an AmbiHeat heat pump plant. The heat is produced from production waste heat and also stored in geothermal wells, where it can be utilized during the coldest season and when there is a break in production.

The CEO of Calefa points out that energy ecosystems are a smart way to save energy and decrease CO2 emissions.

– Industrial manufacturing units and energy companies can decrease emissions and improve energy efficiency through sharing economy, while operational reliability and energy self-sufficiency improve.

In Lempäälä at the Kiilto chemical factory, the heating demand of the properties has mainly been covered by a heat pump system and the reuse of industrial waste heat.

Starting this year, gas will no longer be used, not only at the factory but also in the Sääksjärvi district heating network. The chemical factory and the local energy company Lempäälän Lämpö will start to share the excess, zero-emission heat from the production. The peak demand for heating will be delivered from Lempäälän Lämpö as carbon-neutral district heating.

The municipal wastewater plant of Kymen Vesi in Kotka replaced natural gas entirely, as they started to use waste heat as the heating source for the buildings. The new heating method is completely emission-free.

– The heat pump plant is the answer to the long-term targets in terms of both CO2 emissions and energy and cost efficiency. Also, energy self-sufficiency can be reached with these systems, CEO Petri Vuori concludes.