A jackpot for Swedish energy technology

Sweden received a maximum return on the applications it submitted in the EU's NER300 call for proposals. Three energy technology projects will together share a total of about SEK 1 billion.

Now the EU Commission has reached a decision on which projects within the so-called NER300 calls will be granted support. In total, each member state can receive financing for a maximum of three projects. NER300 is an investment whereby a total of 300 million emission rights are to be sold to finance a number of different energy projects throughout the EU. Sweden was one of two countries that had a total of three projects approved for funding.

"The fact that Sweden has had a maximum number of projects approved is an extremely good mark of achievement for Swedish energy research and energy know-how," says Erik Brandsma Director-General at the Swedish Energy Agency.

The three Swedish projects that were selected to receive financing are:

  • Pyrogrot - Billerud AB; The goal of the project is to manufacture green oil from forest waste such as branches, tree-tops and stumps. The project is based on the idea of producing a new type of commercial energy carrier in a full-scale plant at Skärblacka bruk.
  • GoBiGas 2 – The second stage i Göteborg Energi's gasification scheme. A plant is to be built within the project for the production of approximately 100 MW of biogas of natural gas quality by the gasification of waste forestry products. The first stage, which is under implementation, is a demonstration project that is partially financed by the Swedish Energy Agency.
  • Vindpark Blaiken - Blaiken Vind AB; onshore wind turbines optimised for cold climates (compatible with temperatures of below -30oC and for difficult ice conditions), nominal capacity 25 MW. The total power output of the 90 turbines will be 225 MW.

The three Swedish projects were among the top 23 renewable energy projects for which the Commission allocated support in the first round.

In addition to the Swedish projects, Poland has been allocated funding for a project based on Swedish technology and know-how.

  • Plant Goswinowice - Sekab AB: The plant will produce approximately 60 000 cubic metres of ethanol annually, 22 million cubic metres of biogas and 75 000 tons of lignin, a solid fuel used for steam generation.

The first set of NER300s, financed through the sale of 200 million emission rights, means that there is EUR 1.5 billion, or in other words over SEK 10 billion, to be shared between the projects.