800xA for a new heat and power plant in Mölndal, Sweden

Alarm management and monitoring of district heating network and energy-efficient boiler powered by bio fuel


With a new Riskulla combined heat and power station fed by bio fuel, Mölndal Energi in Sweden is investing in the efficient production of electricity and district heating.

Eco-friendly energy for Mölndal

Together with Mölndal Energi Nät AB, Mölndal Energi AB is part of the Mölndal Energy Group, with the City of Mölndal as its owner. Mölndal Energi AB offers electricity, district heating and contract services. The company has approximately 90 employees.

Riskulla combined heat and power station shines as a new landmark beside the old power station. The new boiler that is within the glazed façade is fed with bio fuel and boils water for the steam turbine and district heating network.

“The reason for building a new station was the fact that we have an increased demand for district heating which the old boiler from 1984 could not satisfy,” operating manager Göran Lundström tells us.

“It was also obvious that combined power and heating was more profitable than simply producing heat, as was the case with the old boiler.

The new boiler can only be heated up with solid fuel and built to be heated up with a mixture of different fuels. It should be possible to use both wet fuel such as wet branches, roots and tree-tops, and dry fuel such as stem wood and peat.

“It is important to be able to utilize different kinds and mixtures; we do not know what will be relevant in the future.

Main facts

Industry Energy and utilities
Customer Mölndal Energy
Country Sweden
ABB supply

System 800xA with :

  • four operator workplaces
  • one engineering station
  • four AC 800M controllers
  • one AC 800M HI (High Integrity) controller
  • servers and I/O units

5 motors 315-1376 kW for pumps and fans
36 frequency converters ACS800.

     System integrator
    The new boiler is built to be heated up with a mixture of different wet and dry bio fuels such as branches, roots, tree-tops mixed mixed with stem wood and peat. The fuel is delivered by trucks and its humidity is measured at the arrival to the plant.
    "Combined power and heating was more profitable than simply producing heat"

    Great demands

    Prior to the construction of the combined heat and power station, Mölndal Energy ordered a boiler from Metso Power and selected ABB’s System 800xA as the control system.

    Metso Power is part of Metso OY with its headquarters in Finland. Approximately 350 people are employed in Gothenburg.

    The boiler for Riskulla is according to Metso Power the largest size for a standing boiler with a thermal output of 70 MW. Mölndal Energy placed great demands on energy efficiency and did not only require an efficient boiler, but even a system that fully utilized all energy sources, e.g. surplus steam. It required 30 percent more instrumentation and a more comprehensive control system than normal.

    ABB delivered System 800xA to Metso Power in “building bits”, miscellaneous software such as servers and I/O units as well as four operator workplaces and one engineering station.
    Göran Lundström, plant manager for Mölndal Energy
    “We looked at different systems, but ABB’s was very competent and afforded great freedom of choice”

    System programming and training by ABB partner

    Metso Power hired system integrator COWI, an ABB partner for automation systems, for the programming. COWI is operating and carrying out industrial projects within the process and energy sector.

    “We have many assignments for the process industry and combined heat and power stations, so this is a normal task for us. Things have gone very well; ABB has a very good process control system,” says Stefan Ottosson, section head at COWI in Gothenburg.

    COWI’s programming work and function tests have been carried out in close collaboration with Metso and ABB.

    “Metso is responsible for the time plan and when commissioning is approaching, we support them in checking signals, start-up of routines and other start-up procedures. Then the programmers from COWI are on site all the time,” Stefan Ottosson concludes.

    Commissioning has taken place under the autumn of 2009 and during this period, among other things, Mölndal Energy’s operators, system administrators and Göran Lundström have been trained in the control system by COWI.

    “A good control system with such things as an alarm system and monitoring of the district heating network is critical for operations. In addition, we have a continuously ongoing process for changes and improvements and for this reason the kind of flexible system sold by ABB is a great advantage,” says Göran Lundström.
    "We have a continuously ongoing process for changes and improvements and the flexible system sold by ABB is a great advantage"
    A good control system with such things as an alarm system and monitoring of the district heating network is critical for the operations of the plant.

    Riskulla utilizes an AC 800M HI controller with high integrity I/Os for the burner control. Carl-Fredrik Carlsson, automation engineer, is checking the installation.

    “The control system for the plant is ABB’s System 800xA. This corresponded best to our needs,” says Göran Lundström, operating manager for Mölndal Energy.

    Securing continued expansion of district heating network

    When production is at full capacity, the new boiler with steam turbine and flue-gas condensation will annually produce approximately 130 MWh of electricity, which will be enough to supply all households in Mölndal. The supply of district heat will be approximately 350 MWh and will heat approximately 25,000 self-contained houses. The old boiler of 35 MW will be placed on standby to be taken into service for peak loads.

    “It feels really great to secure the continued expansion of the district heating network and to be able to provide locally produced renewable electricity,” says Göran Lundström.
    The new eco-friendly boiler will heat approximately 25,000 self-contained houses

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