PRESS RELEASE 29 MAY 2013
Fortum will participate in the Sustainable Bioenergy Solutions for Tomorrow
(BEST) research programme established by two Strategic Centres for Science,
Technology and Innovation (SHOK), CLEEN Oy and FIBIC Oy, in Finland and India.
The programme is the first joint programme of the two SHOKs, and its goal is to
encompass a completely new kind of collaboration between forest and energy
know-how. TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) is the main partner from
India during the first phase of the programme.
“The demand for bioenergy for various purposes will increase and international
trade will expand. As a result, new means and business models for responsible
management of the bioenergy chain will be needed. The goal of the new research
programme is to develop a radically improved way of operating as an ecosystem
of bioenergy, i.e. as a whole,” says Marja Englund, R&D Manager, responsible
for the collaboration in Fortum.
The long-term goal of Fortum’s research and development efforts is to enable a
sustainable, carbon dioxide-free future. Bioenergy is an important energy
source, and its acquisition and use in energy production must be ecologically,
economically and socially sustainable.
Collaboration across boundaries
“Cooperation between TERI Nordic and Fortum Corporation will provide clear
opportunities to address the energy challenges faced by a large number of
Indian states and union territories, particularly in the east and south, by
introducing next generation of renewable energy technologies and production
pathways developed by Fortum.” says Dr. Pradipta Halder, Director, TERI Nordic.
"Foreign collaboration can bring state of the art technologies into the country
especially clean energy technologies and expertise for efficient ways of
producing and distributing power all over the country", he continues.
High efficiency of primary energy and the possibility to flexibly use different
biomasses for fuel are characteristic to CHP production. Scarcity of natural
resources and emissions issues will increase the value of CHP production in the
future, which could present a significant opportunity for exporting Finnish
International collaboration to improve living conditions in India
Significant international research collaboration with, e.g. India will be part
of the programme. In India, which is one of the world’s fastest growing
economies, energy supply is a key factor in creating better living conditions
and in social and industrial development. Emerging economies have their own
unique characteristics, and the differences are often substantial when compared
to old industrialized countries. The successful exporting of Finnish know-how
requires a good understanding of the target areas and their development
potential. In India, electricity production can’t keep up with the growing
demand, and fuel scarcity and environmental issues are significant challenges
“Energy-efficient CHP production has a lot of potential in India, and Finnish
know-how can offer solutions for understanding and capitalising that potential.
Fortum has operated in India since early 2012 with a goal to assess the
opportunities for participating in the development of India’s energy sector by
investing particularly in CHP production, which would provide steam and
electricity for energy-intensive industry. The programme being launched is very
interesting and supports our ambition of utilising locally sourced biofuels
whenever possible,” says Maria Paatero-Kaarnakari, Senior Vice President,
Participants in the new research programme include several forest, energy,
technology and consultancy companies as well as universities and research
institutions. The research programme will last four years with an annual volume
of about four million euros. Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology
and Innovation) is providing 4.2 million euros in funding for the first
two-year period of the programme.
Maria Paatero-Kaarnakari, Senior Vice President, Fortum Asia. Tel +918527694499
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