In early 2015, two power generation units produced by Kempele-based Volter were loaded onto a ship at a port in Finland. From there, the units embarked on an eight-week voyage to Sydney, Australia, where a building situated in the heart of the metropolis now produces all of its electricity and heat itself. Thanks to these units, the building operates independently from the city’s power grid.
“Our power generators produce energy from wood chips. In fact, in Sydney the units use recycled wood chips,” explains Volter’s managing director, Jarno Haapakoski.
Renewable energy sources are gradually replacing fossil fuels. Small wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal heat pumps are rapidly becoming established methods of energy production. Volter’s products utilise wood as an energy source. Wood chips are superheated to produce wood gas, which serves as fuel for the generator.