ESS: Sweco recovering industrial energy for district heating

The European Spallation Source, ESS, in Lund, Sweden, will be a world-leading multidisciplinary research centre based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. This is a massive project that spans across several disciplines and is being carried with the help Sweco.

Facts

Assignment: World-leading multidisciplinary research centre
Client: ESS

Location: Lund, Sweden

Area of operation:  Building service systems, project management, 3D visualisation, geotechnical engineering, environmental permitting and safety systems.

Assignment

Sweco’s assignment includes detail planning of ESS’s large cooling system and designing it in such a way that a large amount of energy can be recovered and reused for district heating. Through these measures, the facility will be able to recover more than 40 MW, which is equal to the annual electricity requirement for around 10,000 single-family homes.

Several of Sweco’s areas of operation are taking part in work on ESS, such as building service systems, project management, 3D visualisation, geotechnical engineering, environmental permitting and safety systems. Fire and risk experts from Sweco have performed an overall risk assessment.

Sweco has been active in the assignment since 2008.

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Customer quotes

"This is one of several measures we are taking in order to meet our environmental targets. The district heating that is produced will heat homes in Lund, but also the ESS facility’s own buildings."
Thomas Parker, Head of Energy Division at ESS
"The project is important not only because it reduces carbon dioxide emissions but also because it demonstrates far-reaching environmental thinking. There are many other facilities, not least in the industrial sector, that could be utilized in the same way. For example, waste heat can be recovered from the chemical, processing and pulp and paper industries."
Thomas Fogelström, President of Sweco Industry

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