On the small island of Händelö, a part of the city of Norrköping in East Sweden, there is a remarkable induistrial symbiosis where the surplus from one company is used as an input to a neighbouring company. Everything is based on green energy!
Händelö Eco Industrial Park is a world unique network of actors sharing resources. This is a fine example of industrial symbiosis, which means that wastes or by-products from one industry become inputs or raw-materials for their neighbour. A business which is beneficial for both parts due to the economic value of the waste resources and a step towards a circular economy.
A popular site to visit
Händelö eco-industrial park is a popular site to visit and it is often combined with a short presentation about the latest research within the field of industrial symbiosis, by one of the leading researchers in the field.
The industrial symbiosis network
The waste incineration on Händelö, E.ON, receives combustible waste from the city and produces electricity and district heating which are sent back to the city of Norrköping. The surplus steam from the incineration plant is sent to fuel their neighbour Lantmännen Agroetanol at Händelö, a grain based ethanol production plant which has a great need of steam in their production process.
Residuals from the bioethanol production are protein-rich animal feed and carbon dioxide which are sent to nearby farms respectively a carbon acid factory at Händelö. The cooperation between the actors enables a more efficient use of resources and increasing economic gains, a win-win situation!
At Händelö, many examples of industrial symbiosis can be found and only some of them are presented in this text. Welcome to visit the Eco Industrial Park to learn more.