Haraholmen is an industrial park where sustainability is key. The site uses renewable energy, welcomes companies with green profiles, and is a hub for resource-efficient transportation with access to roads, railways, and a deep-water port.
A green industrial park
Located 10 km outside of Piteå, Haraholmen is a modern, green industrial park with a focus on sustainability. The area consists of two neighboring sites that are zoned, levelled, and planned for industrial use. Area 1 consists of 34 hectares, and area 2 about 75 hectares (it is being planned during 2021). The site provides green infrastructures for resource and energy efficiency, including electricity from renewable sources. Further, Haraholmen is a regional hub for competitive and resource-efficient transportation with access to roads, railways, and a deep-water port.
The concept behind Haraholmen has been developed by the city of Piteå in collaboration with Luleå Technical University and the Swedish research institute RISE. The result of this research-driven development is an innovative industrial park where sustainability has been integrated into the basic infrastructures, lowering co2 emissions for the industries. The green electricity is produced locally, district heating and cooling is provided from the on-site bio-refinery SunPine, and the many transportation options ensure resource-efficient logistics. Moreover, to facilitate green commuting to the workplaces, fossil free public transportation connects Haraholmen with the city center.
As new technologies and innovations are emerging, Piteå is continuing to develop Haraholmen. By making strategic decisions and choosing sustainable options, the industrial park is ready for the future. The location makes it suitable for hydrogen projects, which could further strengthen the environmental profile of the area.
Companies with green profiles
The industries located at Haraholmen all have one thing in common – green profiles. To meet the goal of developing a green industrial park, the city has welcomed companies that focus on innovations, renewable materials, and resource-efficient production. Among the companies, you find the wooden house manufacturer Lindbäcks Bygg and the bio-refinery SunPine.
Lindbäcks Bygg is Sweden’s leading manufacturer of industrial wooden houses. They design, build, and develop environmentally friendly and resource-efficient constructions for a more sustainable future. Wood is not only a renewable building material with a high degree of refinement and minimal carbon dioxide emissions, but also a resource that grows locally.
In their Haraholmen factory, the most modern production facility for apartment buildings in the world, Lindbäcks has developed an industrial manufacturing process with support of LEAN. They prefabricate complete house modules, which are then transported to and assembled directly on the construction site. Compared to traditional on-site construction with concrete and steel, this method reduces co2 emissions by 50%.
Lindbäcks’ production facility is resource-efficient and cost-effective with a high level of security for the employees. The modern production line minimizes waste and generates a safe working environment by reducing heavy lifts and unsafe operations. Moreover, the factory runs on renewable energy (solar power and hydropower), and district heating from their neighbor SunPine.
SunPine is a world-leading bio-refinery that supplies innovative and sustainable products based on raw tall oil, a residual product from paper mills. They primarily extract tall diesel, which is a biofuel with low carbon dioxide emissions and low energy consumption during its production and life cycle. They produce over 150 million liters of tall diesel per year, which is distributed to consumers via Preem. In terms of positive climate impact, they reduce fossil co2 emissions by 250,000 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to emissions from 300 000 (diesel) vehicles.
SunPine’s vision is to extract renewable products for tomorrow’s generations. This is done by utilizing residual products from sustainable forestry. This sustainability mindset is present throughout their entire business model. In their Haraholmen plant, SunPine produces several different products, including tall diesel, rosin, bio-oil and turpentine. The waste heat, generated from a cooling process during manufacturing is used for district heating, in their own plant and for some of the neighbors in the industrial park.