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Diab's Laholm Facility Switches to Biofuel

06 February 2018

Diab's Laholm Facility Switches to Biofuel

Diab has signed an agreement for the supply of hot water and heat with energy company Adven. By switching to biofuel, Diab's production facility in Laholm, Sweden, will be 100% fossil free by 2019.

A manufacturer of lightweight core materials, Diab's production plant in Laholm, which today uses fossil natural gas as its energy source, will have changed entirely to biofuel by January 2019. This is expected to reduce the company's carbon footprint by 6000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

“With our product you will be able to manufacture the energy-efficient cars, boats and aircraft of the future," says Per Hökfelt, EVP Sustainability & EHSQ, Diab. "However, when we evaluated our own climate impact, it became clear that a large part of our carbon footprint could be linked to the energy use in our factories. With the new energy solution in Laholm, we are taking a big step forward in our effort to deliver products for a future sustainable society.”

A biofuel plant will be established next to the Laholm facility, installed and operated by Adven. In addition to the biofuel boiler system, a heat pump plant will be installed, making it possible to reuse 20-30 % of the waste heat generated in the production plant.

Diab has chosen a full-service solution from Adven, which means that Diab can focus on its core business, while Adven manages the operation of the energy facility.

“Our production operates for almost 24 hours a day and we are therefore highly dependent on our energy solution being reliable," says Anna Bjelm, VP Operation Sweden/Lithuania Diab. "We therefore see it as a great advantage that Adven, with its long experience in industrial heating, can handle all operations and be the partner that helps us to continue developing both how we use and reuse energy.”

For Diab, it was important that the energy conversion was not only climate-friendly but also cost-effective. Wood chips cost less per kilowatt hour than natural gas, and by installing the heat pump some of the heat that today is released into the nearby river Lagan, can be utilised. The project also receives investment support from the governmental initiative Klimatklivet (The Climate Leap). 45% of the energy conversion project in Laholm has been funded by Klimatklivet.

“Diab is one of the industrial enterprises that lead the way, daring to make a true difference to both the environment and the finances by converting to 100% renewable energy," states Andreas Lanneström, Sales Manager for Adven Industrial Solutions in Sweden. "The project in Laholm is something we are really looking forward to working with and developing over time, together with Diab.”

The agreement between Diab and Adven was signed in January 2018 and the plant will be completed in January 2019. The contract covers a 15-year period.

Photo provided by Diab

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