The city of Köping and Plagazi have signed a letter of intent for a long-term energy cooperation with the intension to replace today’s waste incineration with a state of the art Plagazi Process plant. A feasibility study is initiated to examine the possibilities of designing a brand new type of plasma combustion reactor for hydrogen and district heating production, based on research at KTH in Stockholm and technology from Westinghouse Plasma. There is a potential to use, not only household waste, but also what today is considered “scrap” and non-combustible material, to produce hydrogen in a completely closed system, without any harmful impact on our environment.
Carbon Capture Storage
The process will involve Köping joining the CCS initiative – Carbon Capture Storage. The carbon dioxide generated in the production of heating and hydrogen will be taken care of and stored in liquid form for a long time and would thereby become Sweden’s first industrial energy plant with a negative CO2 impact. The patented Plagazi process guarantees combustion in a fully enclosed system, which at full operation has the potential to deliver hydrogen at a cost as low as 25% of existing methods. A plant in Köping with the capacity to handle 60,000 tonnes of waste per year could reduce traditional methods’ carbon dioxide emissions by up to 100,000 tonnes per year and would at the same time make a significant contribution to the district heating network in the Köping district heating network.
The Hydrogen Highway
Köping has a strategic location near the E18 highway between Stockholm and Oslo. According to an EU decision, E18 is part of “The Hydrogen Highway”, and fuel demand would be assured when hydrogen gas stations will be built between all major cities in Europe.