Touching Everyday Lives – Vantaa Energy, Finland

Groundbreaking waste-to-energy plant with 95% overall efficiency, Vantaa Energy, Finland

Vantaa, Finland

Project facts

Client: Vantaa Energy

Type: Waste-to-Energy power plant

Output: 78 MW of electricity and 120 MW of district heat

Turning household waste into cosy homes...

Vantaa Energy is one of Finland’s largest urban energy companies and is jointly owned by the cities of Vantaa and Helsinki.  In 2014, their groundbreaking waste-to-energy plant will start to operate, the culmination of a five year project.  Right from the start Vantaa Energy wanted:

  • an approach that maximised output while reducing overall CO2 emission
  • a design that was practical and aesthetically pleasing to the community

To help achieve their aims, Pöyry collaborated closely with Vantaa Energy to cover everything from the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and permits to engineering and procurement through to construction management services.  Using the strength of Pöyry’s global knowledge base the project was able to develop an innovative solution that has helped to shape industry best practice.

The demands of this project have been unusually high – noted Kalle Patomeri, Project Director, Vantaa Energy – We wanted innovative engineering, beautiful design and new levels of production. And Pöyry delivered on all fronts.

The result? The new plant will achieve efficiency of 95% and help Vantaa Energy to use about 30 per cent less coal in electricity and heat production, whilst substantially reducing the amount of household waste that will be landfilled.