New TINE dairy runs on wood and waterfalls

By Jim Cornall contact

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TINE's new dairy plant on the Norwegian coast runs on 100% renewable energy. Mayor Tove Heno wielded an axe at the opening to show the role of local wood chips in the plant.
TINE's new dairy plant on the Norwegian coast runs on 100% renewable energy. Mayor Tove Heno wielded an axe at the opening to show the role of local wood chips in the plant.

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The mayor of the Norwegian coastal municipality of Fræna, Tove Heno, used an axe at the official opening of TINE’s Elnesvågen dairy, which runs with 100% renewable energy.

Bioenergy AS owns and operates the wood chip burning installation, which is an integrated part of the dairy.

"The wood chip burning installation produces steam, enough to meet our full needs for warming and processes,"​ said dairy manager Svein Arne Bjørgum.

All other electricity at the Elnesvågen diary will come from Norwegian waterfalls.

Reduced emissions and savings

Construction began last summer, tests started before Christmas and since mid-January the plant has been fully operational. The company says that calculations have shown energy costs will go down because of the conversion.

TINE is moving to renewable energy as one way of reaching its long-term climate targets.

“By replacing natural gas and switching to renewable energy, there is an annual reduction in emissions by 2,420 tonnes of CO2​,”​ said Bjørgum.

It is expected that the annual consumption of wood chips will be 20,000 cubic meters. The raw material comes from local forests and waterside vegetation in Romsdal. Romsdal Bioenergy in Kleive, Molde, dries and bundles the wood to make fuel.

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