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Malmberg brings biomethane technology into China

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 October, 2013, 2:28pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 October, 2013, 2:28pm

When master blacksmith Jons Mattisson-Malmberg drilled his first water-well 147 years ago in Yngsjo, Sweden, he began the legacy of creativity and reliability that Malmberg has maintained as a global clean technology leader. Across five generations, the company has built its reputation as a dependable provider of turnkey products and services for drilling, water treatment, geoenergy and biomethane purification.

"Pure energy, clean water and a constant focus on caring for our planet and its resources are the key messages of our products and services," says CEO Per Malmberg.

One of Malmberg's many projects is the world's largest geothermal heating and cooling system for Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Producing 40 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of cooling energy for every kWh of input electricity, the facility cools half a million cubic metres of space and reduces carbon emissions by 65 per cent. The plant saves 19 gigawatt-hours per year and reduces CO2 emissions by 7,000 tonnes annually.

Malmberg has also built one of every three biomethane plants worldwide. Introducing water-scrubber technology to the industry in 1997, the company's COMPACT system uses only water and electricity to produce 98 per cent pure methane. Research organisation Fraunhofer has ranked COMPACT the most cost-efficient system of its kind worldwide. With a lifespan of about 25 years, each plant can be accessed online for round-the-clock support.

"Our unique brand and technology platform have been proven in the market in terms of environmental, social and economic perspectives," says Erik Malmberg, Per's son and export director for Malmberg's biogas business.

Malmberg has built six water treatment facilities in China and is introducing biogas technology to help recycle wastes and cut carbon emissions. With Hainan Chengmai Shenzhou Vehicle Biogas, Malmberg will start producing biomethane this year. The capacity of the plant is similar to the biggest plants in Germany.

"Together with existing and potential partners, we are expanding with strong products into new markets in Asia," Erik Malmberg says.