Fortum has launched a circular economy service with a concept that combines horse stables, power plants and bedding management. The concept is an example of a circular economy solution, which will provide more local jobs and activities.
Horse manure is a growing problem for horse stables, because a prohibition to deposit biodegradable waste at landfills has entered into force at the beginning of 2016. It is not allowed to deposit biodegradable waste at a landfill or to utilise such waste in earthworks. Manure is no longer allowed to be spread on sloping fields either.
The service is first implemented in the vicinity of Fortum's Järvenpää power plant. In this area, there are enough horses for more extensive operations, too. "There are about 77,000 horses in Finland and the majority of them are located where people are, i.e. in southern Finland or close to large cities. HorsePower increases the use of local biofuels, and people can continue their hobby or profession at a sensible distance from where they live", says Anssi Paalanen, HorsePower expert at Fortum.
"The best ideas are just like this – we wonder why this has not been done before. The more I have discussed the concept with different parties, the better it feels", says Heli Antila, CTO of Fortum.
Fortum HorsePower service for stables
The Fortum HorsePower concept is an environmentally sound solution to the bedding and manure issues of stables. Fortum HorsePower is a prime example of localised energy production: The bedding is supplied as a side-product from a nearby sawmill , the mix of used bedding and manure is then picked up from the stables and converted to electricity and heat at a local power plant with a very high efficiency.
For stables, Fortum HorsePower provides an easy and carefree solution at an affordable price. Fortum HorsePower is a total service, which covers bedding delivery at suitable quantities at agreed times, and regular pickup of manure. Everything is taken care of by a single contract, which means that the stable manager will have more time for the horses.
The service is suitable for all stables where the yard area can be accessed by a conventional lorry. At the moment, we are able to provide the service to medium-sized and large stables that are located within approximately 50 km of the combined heat and power plant in Järvenpää. The bedding that will be provided during the trial period is Finnish sawdust / Finnish cutter chips / Finnish wood pellets . Please contact us for detailed price information.
The Fortum HorsePower service is being developed all the time, and the goal is to extend our service offering also to other geographical areas.