The Danish company DIN Forsyning and KPA Unicon have signed a contract for the turnkey delivery of a district heating plant in Esbjerg, Denmark. The combined capacity of the Unicon Renefluid bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) and the Unicon Condenser flue gas scrubber will be 60 MW. The boiler plant will produce heat for the local district heating network for nearly 100 000 inhabitants and will use wood chips as fuel. The plant will start its operation in January 2023.

The boiler plant will be located in the port area of Esbjerg. The plant delivered by KPA Unicon is a significant part of a bigger plan, where three de-centralized heat production units are planned to be constructed to the same site for the purpose of replacing the existing coal-fired power plant. DIN Forsyning’s strategic goal is to utilize only fossil free fuels by year 2030 and Unicon Renefluid boiler plant is an important step to reach the set target.

”The local Combined Heat and Power station (CHP) is to be shut down in April 2023 and DIN Forsyning is obliged to find an environmentally sustainable replacement for up to 350 MW of district heating, we received from the CHP. We are pleased to have signed the contract for the boiler plant from KPA Unicon. We will use their expertise in this important process of replacing coal with a greener alternative,” says Kenneth Jørgensen, Leading Project Director in DIN Forsyning.

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“It is great that we will deliver our first plant to Denmarks and thus be involved in taking the country towards a carbon-neutral future. The plant will be the best available technology in terms of efficiency, emissions and availability. The long service agreement is also very well in line with our development in the Scandinavian market area,” says Ada Herranen, Project Development Manager, KPA Unicon.

The delivery is extensive, including the Unicon Renefluid boiler with its main equipment, water treatment plant, fuel and ash handling equipment. The supplied Unicon Condenser flue gas scrubber enables high plant efficiency. The customer emphasizes the importance of zero discharge of wastewater and the plant will be designed to fulfill the request. Local emissions from the plant, such as dust, sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, are very low thanks to the supplied bag filter and SCR equipment.

Stable and secure remote operation of the plant is enabled on KPA Unicon's PlantSys digital service platform. In addition, a five-year maintenance agreement has been signed with the customer, which covers 24/7 technical support and annual maintenance of the plant. The customer will be responsible for the plant building and the fuel storage.

DIN Forsyning
DIN Forsyning is a multi-utility company within the markets of water supply, wastewater purification, district heating, household waste and recycling.
The company has 230 employees, is owned by the municipality of Esbjerg and Varde and the head office is based in the town of Esbjerg in Denmark.
Every year DIN Forsyning produce and distribute about 8.6 million liters of drinking water, transport and treat 23 million m3 wastewater, handle 45,000 tons of waste and supply approximately 1000 MWh district heating from waste incineration and CHP to our customers in the municipalities of Varde and Esbjerg.

KPA Unicon
KPA Unicon is a Finnish family-owned company, which has been a strong advocate of clean, renewable energy since 1990. KPA Unicon creates and implements clean energy solutions around the world. It renews existing production systems with technologies utilizing renewable energy sources and equips energy producers with innovative digital tools. The company aims to lead the debate on clean energy, and to take initiatives that produce value to its partners. The company's headquarter is in Pieksämäki, Finland and it employs approximately 230 energy professionals in eight different countries.


WEEE recycler takes delivery of fourth UNTHA shredder

Waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) specialist Polska Korporacja Recyklingu – based in Lublin (Poland) – has taken delivery of its fourth UNTHA shredder, to support the company with its continued growth.

A medium-sized RS60 four shaft shredder is the latest machine to be added to the company’s fleet. Working alongside an UNTHA RS50, the technology will process up to 500 tonnes of redundant electric appliances and scrap per week, down to a refined particle.

Elsewhere on Polska Korporacja Recyklingu’s site, a 22 tonne RS150 – the largest four shaft shredder in UNTHA’s fleet – and a comparatively compact UNTHA RS40, have been supplied by German engineering partner URT, to reprocess 60.pcs of used refrigerators per hour.

Collectively, the four machines can now collectively tackle a wide range of WEEE, to liberate the recyclable materials including steel, aluminium alloys, copper and plastics, that would otherwise remain ‘locked’ inside.

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Shredded down to a homogenous particle size as little as 15mm in some cases, these high value resources then pass through a range of downstream separation equipment before being recycled, compliance tested and used within the remanufacturing process. Residual material is used for energy recovery.

It is estimated that these four machines will help Polska Korporacja Recyklingu handle up to 60,000 tonnes of WEEE in 2021.

“Our relationship with UNTHA began in 2015,” said Mr. Witold Champerek, vice president of the board at Polska Korporacja Recyklingu. “We were extremely diligent – carrying out in-depth market analysis, multi-directional tendering, material testing at the manufacturers’ plants and extensive pre-procurement dialogue. So when we needed additional four shaft shredders for our recycling facilities, UNTHA’s capabilities had already been proven.”

“These are robust, highly versatile machines which enable us to transform a range of difficult input materials into valuable recyclables, and we can adjust our output specifications thanks to the easy-to-configure cutters,” continued Mr. Witold. “The shredders have met our safety, throughput and cost-effectiveness expectations, but in terms of machine durability, uptime, ease of maintenance and energy efficiency, our expectations have actually been exceeded.

“The involvement of UNTHA Polska’s team throughout, has been superb – way before we signed the orders for our machines. They had answers to all of our questions and have had a huge impact on our process automation and throughputs.”

It is estimated that UNTHA’s energy efficiency, labour optimisation and ease of maintenance, has also achieved 15% cost savings.

“When it comes to the transformation of ‘waste’ materials, in Poland, this is a very inspirational company,” added UNTHA Polska’s country manager Ryszard Tomaszczyk. “The team has its own ‘Polskie Re-surowce’ research and development centre which continually pushes new recycling and resource management boundaries, and they’re committed to investing in innovative technologies and automated processes.

“We’re therefore delighted that UNTHA’s shredders play a part in their ground-breaking work. We too are passionate about efficient environmental excellence and I hope we can continue to support Polska Korporacja Recyklingu on their journey.”

Polska Korporacja Recyklingu runs a waste reclamation and recycling plant, the refrigerator recycling line, an alternative fuel production facility, a battery reprocessing line, and has plans to further expand in 2021.


South Africa’s plans to reduce thermal power could result in major change in the country’s power mix in the future, says GlobalData

Thermal power comprised 92.4% of the total power capacity in South Africa in 2000. However, with a few plants decommissioned and capacities of other technologies increasing, the share of thermal power fell to around 80% by 2019. South Africa, having signed the Paris Agreement and with plans to reduce thermal power and increase renewable power in order to cut emissions, could result in a major change in the country’s power mix going forward, says GloblaData, a leading data and analytics company.

Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham, Senior Power Analyst at GlobalData comments: “South Africa’s thermal power capacity is estimated to have increased slightly from 47.8 GW in 2019 to 49.4 GW in 2020. During 2021–2030, the capacity is not expected to increase any further, according to GlobalData’s forecast. While new capacity of around 19.5 GW is estimated to be added during 2021–2030, this is set to comprise mostly of solar PV and wind power capacity.”

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Thermal capacity is set to fall by around 4 GW during the same period. These new capacities and the expected shutdown of coal power are in line with the country’s 2030 target of reducing emissions by up to 26% below 2010 levels. The longer-term target of decarbonizing electricity in the country completely by 2050 is an ambitious one and it is expected that a future version of the IRP may help achieve this.

The share of solar PV and wind power was close to zero in 2010, but has increased significantly since then, and by 2030 it is estimated that these two technologies will represent a third of the country’s power capacity.

- Information based on GlobalData’s report South Africa Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2020 - Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape

- Comments provided by Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham, Industry Analyst at GlobalData

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Essity ranked as one of the most sustainable companies in the world

Hygiene and health company Essity has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights. The list was announced virtually today during the World Economic Forum.

2021 01 25 084103The Global 100 list represents the top 1% of companies in the world in terms of sustainability performance. Corporate Knights analyzes and compares 8,080 companies with a minimum gross revenue of USD 1bn against global industry peers. The ranking is based on 24 quantitative key performance indicators, including resource management, employee management, financial management, clean revenue & clean investment and supplier performance. 

“Customers and consumers who use Essity’s products should feel reassured that these are responsibly sourced, manufactured and distributed, and our inclusion in Corporate Knight’s index once again shows our commitment to responsible business practices throughout our value chain. We are proud to be ranked as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies,” says Magnus Groth, CEO and President of Essity.

Corporate Knights is a publishing and research firm that publishes a magazine focused on sustainability and responsible business. Its research division produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance.

The full ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights is available on

Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company. We are dedicated to improving well-being through our products and services. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as JOBST, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 46,000 employees. Net sales in 2019 amounted to approximately SEK 129bn (EUR 12.2bn). The company’s headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and Essity is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity breaks barriers to well-being and contributes to a healthy, sustainable and circular society. More information at


Offshore wind industry defines fields of action for policy makers: Impetus for the offshore wind value chain urgently needed

The German offshore wind industry presented the expansion figures for offshore wind energy in 2020. According to these figures, 32 turbines with a capacity of 219 MW were connected to the grid for the first time last year. In total, 1,501 offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 7,770 MW are feeding electricity into the German North Sea and Baltic Sea. Due to incorrect political framework conditions, no new plants could be built in the second half of 2020.

  • No new installations in the second half of 2020. A total of 1,501 turbines with a capacity of
  • 7,770 MW on the grid - offshore wind delivers clean, safe and cost-effective electricity.
  • Tendering of potentially usable areas required as soon as possible to enable earlier construction activities and thus preserve existing innovation potential, employment and the value chain in Germany.
  • Use positive market dynamics through the EU strategy for renewable offshore energy, trigger investment push!

"While the long-term framework conditions for the offshore wind industry have improved over the past year with the EU's 'Green Deal' and the German government's new long-term targets until 2040, the short-term situation of the industry remains challenging with the very weak domestic market," industry organisations BWE, BWO, VDMA Power Systems, WAB and the OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE Foundation commented on the offshore expansion figures for 2020 published today by Deutsche WindGuard.

Enable construction activities immediately, equalise expansion and strengthen the value chain

Numerous companies in the offshore wind industry are not only confronted with the challenges of internationalisation and the Corona crisis, but also with the outlook that not a single offshore wind turbine will be installed in German waters next year - after expansion in 2020 was already only 15 percent of the 2017 level.

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The serious consequences of the lack of wind energy expansion in the North and Baltic Seas, such as company closures, employment losses and migration from the German market, which the industry has continuously warned about in recent years, must be overcome as quickly as possible. It makes sense to trigger a surge in investment now. This will secure the German offshore wind value chain. To this end, it is necessary to quickly implement the Coastal Sea Regulation proposed by the industry and to equalise the "expansion peak" in the years 2029 and 2030 towards the front. What is needed is a short-term stimulus for cost-efficient expansion. The modernisation and investment programme energy transition not only advances climate protection, it also makes Germany less dependent on energy imports, can be a job engine and offers great economic opportunities for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in this country and on the global export markets.

To achieve this, the existing potential must be put out to tender as quickly as possible and combined with rapid commissioning. More new capacity should be added before the end of the decade. By this the German government's expansion target of 20 gigawatts by 2030 can be safely achieved. "Bringing forward investments now helps the economy and climate protection in equal measure. Offshore wind power is essential as the foundation of the energy transition for German and European climate targets." said the representatives of the industry associations.

Spatially secure offshore expansion targets

Emerging conflicts of use with shipping, marine and nature conservation must be resolved pragmatically so that the achievement of the defined goals is not prevented through the back door. In order to defuse conflicts of use to some extent, the EU Commission developed the co-use approach. According to this approach, the scarce marine space should - if possible - be used by several actors at the same time. This idea should be further developed and also increasingly applied in Germany. It is right that the expansion of wind energy plants at sea must take existing forms of use into account and also be compatible with nature. However, it is also true that we can only prevent a displacement or shortage of habitats for many species in the long term if the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement are met.

Develop the market framework for offshore wind energy and "green" hydrogen further

The next legislative period must be used urgently to initiate a fundamental reform of the electricity market design and the refinancing of offshore wind projects. The current market design is designed to finance conventional generation with fuel costs. Therefore, the industry continues to advocate for the further development of the market design with the aim of relieving the burden on consumers and the economy and creating an attractive investment framework for national and international investors of all stakeholder groups. In this context, the introduction of contracts for difference should also be considered.

Since direct electrification is not possible in all sectors of the economy, synthetic energy sources based on renewable energies are an indispensable element for complete decarbonisation. The industry organisations expressly welcome the National Hydrogen Strategy and the associated approach of developing a comprehensive energy industry and industrial policy strategy that takes the entire value chain of technologies, components, production, storage, infrastructure and logistics into account. "Green" hydrogen needs a market-based foundation. CO2 pricing in the transport and heat sectors with a simultaneous reduction or restructuring of the EEG levy and financial burdens through other levies and taxes are steps in the right direction.

For better planning of hydrogen projects, a concrete and binding volume target to produce "green" hydrogen from offshore wind energy and reliable procurement mechanisms are also needed. Last but not least, the areas that have so far been earmarked for the production of "green" hydrogen at sea and are not connected are insufficient and must be expanded as quickly as possible.

Harnessing positive market momentum through EU strategy

The EU wants to expand offshore wind to 300 GW by 2050. This shows the great export potential. The announcement to revise the EU climate target for 2030 must be backed up by a faster expansion of offshore wind energy. Furthermore, the Green Deal is an investment offensive for Europe's energy sector and needs a clear framework to trigger production and value creation in Europe.

In order to secure the expansion targets in the long term and enable European planning, Germany also needs an expansion target for 2050. In addition, European and international cooperation - as recently called for by the North Sea Energy Cooperation under German chairmanship - should be further developed.