Today Stockholm Exergi welcomed King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands together with Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Their visit to Stockholm Exergi’s facilities, known as Värtaverket, was part of a three day long state visit focused on, among other issues, green innovation.
– It is incredibly inspiring that our Bio Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) project with the goal of capturing and storing biogenic carbon dioxide is part of this state visit. It shows that what we are doing is significant and that there is a global expectation that we, with negative emissions, will contribute to the climate transition, said Stockholm Exergi’s CEO Anders Egelrud.
The royal visit included a guided tour of the biomass-powered combined heat and power plant KVV8. Stockholm Exergi’s head of research and development Fabian Levihn talked about how forest residues obtained through sustainable forestry are used as fuel to produce heat and electricity. The tour concluded at Stockholm Exergi’s BECCS research facility, where the royal families were able to see the technology that will be applied in the full scale facility that Stockholm Exergi aims to complete in 2026. The facility will capture 800,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is more than the emissions from Stockholm’s road traffic during the same period.
– In order to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement the climate transition must be accelerated. Sweden can play an important leadership role by developing environmental technology like BECCS. The state visit’s interest for green innovation shows the climate issue’s global scope and the significance of finding solutions that extend across national borders, said Anders Egelrud.