Emmi is developing an “ecosystem for renewable energies” in Switzerland.
milk giant Emmi Has teamed up with Galliker Transport, PanGas and CKW to set up one renewable energy ecosystem in Dagmersellen, Switzerland.
As part of the project, participants will develop a wood-fired power plant to generate heat and renewable electricity, including green hydrogen, from 2027.
With an estimated investment of CHF 200 million (€202.6 million), the power plant project will help the companies involved to achieve their goals sustainability Goals.
Marc Heim, Head of Emmi Switzerland, added: “This unique energy ecosystem, designed in collaboration with three regionally based national partners, will pave the way to a more sustainable production of our energy dairy products and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”
Renewable Energy Ecosystem
The energy ecosystem will consist of an upstream CKW wood-fired power plant for heat and electricity generation.
The energy from the plant will help Emmi cover part of its energy needs at the Dagmersellen site, where mozzarella, ricotta and milk powder are produced.
It also helps the company to save CO2 emissions by 60% by 2027
Emmi will also support closed-loop recycling by providing demineralized water from the production of dairy products to generate hydrogen, the company said.
Elsewhere, PanGas will use some of the electricity to generate hydrogen for Galliker’s fleet of trucks.
The fuel will help Galliker Transport reach it climate neutrality 2050 on the road.
The company currently operates six hydrogen trucks on Swiss roads and will continue to explore alternative solutions, with a focus on hydrogen from local sources.
PanGas will also recover green CO2 from the combustion process for various applications, such as in the food industry.
“We at PanGas have always been in the hydrogen business. We are very pleased that we can make a significant contribution to CO2 reduction with this project and bring Switzerland a great deal closer to its decarbonization goal,” adds Roger Britschgi, Managing Director of PanGas.
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