Energy

Ekokem: Riihimäki and Hyvinkää heated with waste

With the new waste legislation, Finland seeks to promote the re-use of waste and reduce the negative impacts of waste management more efficiently.

Ekokem’s plants at Riihimäki have been forerunners in the utilisation of waste: Its first power plant has already been generating heat from 2007 for the needs of the Riihimäki-Hyvinkää region, and electricity for the national network by combusting household waste and industrial waste. A second power plant was commissioned in 2012.

The waste combustion capacity of both the plants is 15.5 tons per hour. The power plants recover at least 85 per cent of the energy of the waste, so their emissions are only a fraction of those of peat, wood or coal, for instance


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Emissions from power plants are only a fraction of those of peat, wood or coal, for instance.