Sweden Invests in Biomass Energy
ALPEN, Germany -- By 2020 Sweden wants to be the first country worldwide no longer using oil for energy purposes. Energy production from waste and biomass plays a key role in this vision. The trade shows "Elmia Waste & Recycling" and "World Bioenergy", both to be held on May 30 to June 1, 2006 in Jönköping, Sweden are showcasing the technical solutions for this rapidly growing market. This provides an excellent opportunity for suppliers from the United States to talk business with experts and decision-makers from the Nordic countries. Freesen & Partner, organizer of events such as Hydrogen Expo US and the strategic partner of the German "waste to energy" exhibition and conference, have been appointed to act as the representative in America for the two events.
At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Sweden was ranked number one in Europe with regards to environmental protection. The various environmental programs in Weden include numerous commercial energy projects that help minimize dependency on expensive fuel imports. These installations clearly demonstrate the viable production of environmentally sustainable and renewable energy based on locally available resources such as residential, commercial and industrial waste as well as biomass.
For instance, 29 "waste-to-energy" plants are currently operational in Sweden, incinerating more than 3.1 million tons of waste per year and generating over 9 terawatthours (= 9 billion kilowatthours) of energy. The largest portion of this is thermal energy (8.6 TWh), the remainder is power production.
Sweden is a globally acknowledged world leader in the use of bioenergy, offering tax incentives and state funding to stimulate new technologies and systems. Sales of home heating oil in Sweden have continually dropped to less than 17% of the all time high in 1973. In energy terms, oil consumption for households and the service sector has dropped by 15.2 TWh since 1994. Consumption of the fossil fuel within industry has remained stable, while industrial production increased by 70% over the same period. The use of biomass for district heating is estimated to potentially reach 33 TWh by the year 2010. In total the Swedish district heating sector estimates spending 42 billion SEK (US$ 5.5 billion) in new investment to reach the 2010 heat and power targets.
"Elmia Waste & Recycling" is co-organized by the Swedish Association of Waste Management RVF. "World Bioenergy" is held under the patronage of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and is co-organized exhibitions and concurrently held conferences. US suppliers interested to have a trade show presence in this growth market can request further information from industry expert Freesen & Partner.
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