One of world’s largest geo-bio-energy facilities slated for Finland

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The new logistics centre will produce enough energy to heat 2,000 houses. (Yle)
The new logistics centre will produce enough energy to heat 2,000 houses. (Yle)
A new world record is being set in the Helsinki suburb of Sipoo,Finland where a 300,000-square-metre logistics centre to be completed in 2016 will be one of the world’s largest geo-energy and bio-power hybrid facilities.

Vast areas of unbroken bedrock are unique to Finland and the Nordics, which is what makes them perfect for massive geo-energy and bio-power hybrid facilities according to Juha Äijälä, project manager for the S-Group’s new 300,000-square-metre logistics centre in Sipoo.

Slated to open in 2016, the centre will be one of the world’s largest geo-energy and bio-power hybrid facilities.

“It is likely one of the largest in the world, as Finland (and the Nordic countries, for that matter) is one of the few places globally where there are large areas of unbroken bedrock needed for building this type of facility,” says Äijälä.

Will heat 2,000 homes

The S-Group’s logistics centre will produce energy for both heating and cooling, and create enough warmth to heat about 2,000 homes.

Heating and cooling of the centre uses renewable raw materials such as pellets and geothermal energy, with more than 320 geo-thermal wells that are 307 metres deep each.

“Emissions are well below industry averages, at just 5 percent overall,” says Äijälä.

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