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Driving forces and obstacles with regard to co-operation between municipal energy companies and process industries in Sweden
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Energy Processes.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3315-4201
Tekniska högskolan vid Linköpings universitet.
2006 (English)In: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, Vol. 34, no 13, 1508-1519 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

District heating networks can technically enable energy-related co-operations between energy-intensive industries and municipal energy companies. The most common form of co-operation is to utilise industrial waste heat as the primary energy source in district heating networks. However, another type of co-operation is to jointly own a plant that produces both process steam for the industry and hot water for district heating. In this article, eight Swedish energy co-operations are studied and the main focus is on the process leading to co-operations of this kind. Different aspects of factors that facilitate or obstruct the start up and continuous daily operation of a co-operation are discussed. The main conclusion is that while the primary reasons for the foundation of such co-operations are favourable techno-economic factors, this is not enough for a co-operation to emerge. This study highlights the importance of people with a real ambition to co-operate in both parties in the co-operations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 34, no 13, 1508-1519 p.
Keyword [en]
co-operation; district heating; waste heat utilisation
National Category
Energy Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-7580DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2004.11.001ISI: 000237215400007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33645927939OAI: diva2:12651
QC 20100617Available from: 2005-10-18 Created: 2005-10-18 Last updated: 2010-10-15Bibliographically approved
In thesis
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2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with some challenges related to the mitigation of climate change and the overall aim is to present and assess different possibilities for the mitigation of climate change by:

• Suggesting some measures with a potential to abate net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,

• Discussing ideas for how decision-makers could tackle some of the encountered obstacles linked to these measures, and

• Pointing at some problems with the current Kyoto framework and suggesting modifications of it.

The quantification of the net CO2 effect from a specific project, frequently referred to as emissions accounting, is an important tool to evaluate projects and strategies for mitigating climate change. This thesis discusses different emissions accounting methods. It is concluded that no single method ought to be used for generalisation purposes, as many factors may affect the real outcome for different projects. The estimated outcome is extremely dependent on the method chosen and, thus, the suggested approach is to apply a broader perspective than the use of a particular method for strategic decisions. The risk of losing the integrity of the Kyoto Protocol when over-simplified emissions accounting methods are applied for the quantification of emission credits that can be obtained by a country with binding emissions targets for projects executed in a country without binding emission targets is also discussed.

Driving forces and obstacles with regard to energy-related co-operations between industries and district heating companies have been studied since they may potentially reduce net GHG emissions. The main conclusion is that favourable techno-economic circumstances are not sufficient for the implementation of a co-operation; other factors like people with the true ambition to co-operate are also necessary.

How oxy-fuel combustion for CO2 capture and storage (CCS) purposes may be much more efficiently utilised together with some industrial processes than with power production processes is also discussed. As cost efficiency is relevant for the Kyoto framework, this thesis suggests that CCS performed on CO2 from biomass should be allowed to play on a level playing field with CCS from fossil sources, as the outcome for the atmosphere is independent of the origin of the CO2.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2005. 71 p.
Trita-KET, ISSN 1104-3466 ; 221
climate change mitigation, abatement of GHG-emissions, co-operation, district heating, waste-heat utilisation
National Category
Chemical Engineering
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-452 (URN)91-7178-163-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-10-21, Sal D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, Stockholm, 10:00
QC 20101015Available from: 2005-10-18 Created: 2005-10-18 Last updated: 2010-10-15Bibliographically approved

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