Valmet to supply automation systems to biomass heating plant

By Erin Voegele | June 22, 2018

Valmet recently announced it has received an automation order from Lahti Energy for the Kymijärvi III biomass-fueled heating plant currently under construction in Lahti, Finland.

The delivery includes a Valmet DNA automation system, safety-related system, an information management system, including applications for fuel data management, emission calculators and a power plant key performance indicator (KPI) calculations, and a district heating optimization solution. Valmet said a unique feature of the system is that it is based on a virtualized server structure, which reduces the number of physical servers and stations, thus simplifying maintenance and improving the systems’ scalability for future needs.

According to Valment, the value of the order is approximately €2 million ($2.33 million). The system is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020.

The new Kymijärvi III bio heating plant will replace the coal-fired Kymijärvi I plant, which began operations in the 1970s. The new biomass-fired 190 MW heating plant is expected to decrease Lahti Energy’s carbon dioxide emissions by up to 600,000 metric tons per year.