All Saab Automobile AB Sweden Facilities In Trollhättan, Sweden Convert To Heating Via Wood Chips

Posted on 16. Nov, 2008 by in 2000-2009, Trollhättan, Sweden


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB Sweden / Mats Johansson vd Trollhättan Energi AB, Jürgen Burghardt produktionsdirektör Saab Automobile och Lars Hoffmann anläggningschef Saab Automobile

In a move to reduce costs, reduce dependency on fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, all of Saab Automobile AB Sweden’s facilities in Trollhättan, Sweden are converting their heating systems to wood chips at least until 2017, as indicated below.

This is a good step in order to meet the Swedish government mandate to be off of fossil fuels by 2020. The automobiles themselves on the other hand, will have 5 years longer in which to make the switch from gasoline to more 100% sustainable energy sources completely as recently indicated.

Below is the press release from Saab Automobile AB, thanks to a Swedish-English translation by Jan Olsson.


Saab Automobile AB changes to wood chip heating and thereby reduces both carbon emissions and costs for the heating factory in Trollhättan, Sweden . Like bioethanol (E85), which Saab BioPower models are powered by, the wood chip-fired district heating, is a renewable energy source that is part of natural cycles.

Just in time for winter’s chill Saab Automobile AB writes an agreement with the district provider Trollhättan Energi AB. The agreement extends to the year 2017 and secures an wood chip warming of Saab all the facilities in Trollhättan. The change to wood chip heating means that Saab reduces fossil carbon emissions associated with the warming of the plant in Trollhättan.

– Under the right weather conditions, it is possible to reduce emissions to one-sixth of today’s levels, “said Lars Hoffmann, Facility Area Manager at Saab Automobile AB.

Using wood chip heating as an energy source means that it relies on a sustainable and environmentally friendly source of energy which the raw material is at close quarters. District heating is produced mostly by residues from the forest industry, such as tree tops and branches that have been carved down to the wood chips. Like bioethanol (E85), which Saab BioPower models are powered by a renewable energy and does not add any carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

– There is a long term investment in sustainable energy use in Saab Automobile AB. But now is not only our cars but also in the factory where we build them, “said Jürgen Burghardt, production director of Saab Automobile AB.

The agreement also means reduced costs for the warming of the plant in Trollhättan.

Saab will join its existing water-heating systems to Trollhättan Energis piping. The water is heated centrally in four district offices and by pipeline to the recipient. A total of two kilometers tubes inserted and construction work will commence immediately. Depending on how severe the winter is as calculated efforts to be ready before the end of the quarter two 2009.

– Saab is a big, important and long-term partner for us. This is an investment in our common future in Trollhättan, where we together make an important contribution in reducing dependence on fossil fuels, says Presidente Gert-Inge Andersson, who is happy over the cooperation between the municipal company and Saab Automobile


Eric Geers
Saab Automobile AB

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