The day began at E.ON Händelöverket with a seminar about bioenergy in Östergötland.
CEO of Cleantech External link, opens in new window. Gert Kindgren, County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson and Chair of Norrköping Municipal Council Eva Andersson began by speaking about investments in bioenergy in the county, as well as the relationships between companies and their production.
Mats Eklund, Professor of Environmental Technology at Linköping University, Henrik Johansson Casimiro, Regional Manager at E.ON Heat Sweden AB, Bengt Olof Johansson, CEO of Lantmännen Agroetanol External link, opens in new window. and Klas Gustafsson, Vice CEO of Svensk Biogas i Linköping AB, also took part.
The Crown Princess was then given a guided tour of the Händelöverket plant, to get an understanding of how the plant works. On the roof, The Crown Princess learnt about the cooperation between the plant and companies.
One example of synergies is that 95 percent of the fuel used at Händelöverket, one of Sweden's biggest and most modern combined power and heating plants, consists of waste and biofuel. The plant supplies Norrköping and Söderköping with heat and hot water, and provides process steam to Agroetanol, which produces ethanol. The residue from ethanol production is made into biogas for the refuse lorries that transport waste to the plant.