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Arbaheat - conversion of a coal-fired power plant to bioenergy and biorefining

The presentation gives an overview of the Arbaheat project, and elaborates on the research that must be done at the Department of Chemistry

Asbjørn Leirvåg


Professor Tanja Barth from the Department of Chemistry will present the topic "Arbaheat - conversion of a coal-fired power plant to bioenergy and biorefining"


A coal-fired power plant in the Rotterdam port will be rebuilt to become a plant that produces energy from renewable wood pellets. The project is financed with 180 million NOK from the EU. Norwegian company Arbaflame supplies patented and steam-treated wood pellets, which have virtually the same properties and energy density as coal and at the same time are water resistant.

The project was granted support to convert an existing coal-fired power plant into using environmentally friendly wood pellets. The power plant will be expanded with a unit that produces these wood pellets and will at the same time supply heat to the Rotterdam inhabitants.

In order to ensure full utilization of the raw material and minimize emissions from the pellet production, by-products included in the process water shall also be recovered and utilized. These are organic compounds that can be used as an alternative to petroleum-based raw materials in an industrial context.


The seminar will be held in the Helland-Hansen meeting room at the Geophysical Institute, Allegaten 70, from 12:15 to 13:00 (we open the doors at 12:00).

The seminar is free and open to all interested parties, so bring your lunch and join us for an interesting presentation followed by a Q&A session.