Approximately one-third of the energy used in Sweden today comes from biofuels. The main advantages of biofuels are that they are renewable, they often make use of unwanted by-products, and the energy they produce is cheaper than using oil or electricity.
The biofuel plants at Menhammar Stud Farm were installed in 2012 and 2014 and were upgraded in 2018 to a total output of 1 MW. Annual production currently amounts to 1.6 GWh, which is sufficient to heat the farm, the stables and farm buildings at Yttersta’s training facility and a number of nearby homes by means of heating culverts.
“We use one boiler to burn wood chips and horse manure, the other to burn solely chips, with wood coming from our own forest. The farm used to be heated with oil, so from a sustainability point of view there has been a massive improvement,” says Ulf Segerström, Agricultural Operations Manager at Menhammar Farm.