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Interview with Sune Eriksson Energy & Environment Manager  Hembla 

"The unique thing about the EBox is that product is finished and tested in a factory."

Please tell us about yourself.

My name is Sune Eriksson, and I am the Energy & Environmental Manager at Hembla. I have worked with energy issues for 30 years.

 

What developments you have seen in the past 30 years?

We have many different developments within the last 30 years.

I have been involved in the early computerisation of the property market. I also see a big future for the IoT sector and self-learning systems that can control our heating plants.

 

What advantages would a remote control system give you and your colleagues?

With a SCADA system, you get a better overview of your facilities and you do not have to visit them as often. It also enables self-learning, so we save a lot of energy and properties can be optimised.

 

Why is Hembla focusing so much on geoenergy?

We focus on geoenergy, because we see big gains for the environment. We want to reduce our carbon footprint and we also see financial gains.

 

What are the biggest risks with geoenergy?

The risks with geoenergy are not so big today, but it is important that you have a good design and that you have a company that knows its thing when it comes to planning the project.

 

Why have large property owners focused so much on district heating compared to detached homes where the usage of geoenergy has doubled?

The industry has had a hard time coming up with a basic product that you can just put in place and run like the EBox that MegaWatt Solutions has.

 

Why have you chosen to work with MegaWatt Solutions?

We need a contractor to help us all the way as well, and MegaWatt Solutions has done come close to that I think.

 

What do you think makes the EBox unique?

The unique thing about the Ebox is that it is a unit that is finished and tested in a factory. It is always much better to build things in factories.

It is always better to build things in factories, because then you can test them in a proper environment with test equipment and the right materials. It gives you the right environment to work in.

 

What fears do property owners have with respect to geoenergy?

Others can be fearful. But I think the big thing is that it is a fairly large investment and people are worried that it will not pay off, and that it will not work well enough. I have worked with this technology for 30 years, and I am fascinated by the technology and think it works very well. I also think that the industry has matured over the years, and you get a much more stable product nowadays.

 

Which energy source do you think will dominate in the future?

I believe heat pump technology will clearly dominate in the future.

 

What are your thoughts on biofuels?

Biofuels are a form of combustion as well, which is not great when we're talking CO2-emissions.

 

What is Hembla doing to reach its environmental targets?

Hembla has a lot to do when it comes to reaching our environmental goals. There is a lot to do both within Hembla and nationally, and also internationally to achieve the Paris Agreement. The future looks bright, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.

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NEWS & BLOGS

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as an endorsed nominee for EGEC’s Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award 2021. More news coming soon! In the meantime you can find out more about the award here:  https://www.egec.org/european-geothermal-innovation-award/

People are increasingly discovering the climate benefits of geoenergy. 

People are increasingly discovering the climate benefits of geoenergy, says our Chairman and Founder Ulf Jonströmer in Dagens Industri (published 5 June 2020). He states that we need to do more than just put our hopes into renewables. We need them to be completely carbon-free!

Bill Gates and the race to zero

From The Economist published 15 February 2021:  The race to zero - Bill Gates has a plan to save the world In his book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates states that "the things we’d do to get small reductions by 2030 are radically different from the things we’d do to get to zero by 2050.” The near future must be carbon-free and we couldn't agree more. We just want to see more geothermal in the mix of renewables!

EGEC calls on EU not to reply on hydrogen to decarbonise

Europe is the first continent that has decided to go carbon-neutral by 2050. Developing all renewable energy sources is an essential path to reach this objective. We are grateful for the work of EGEC (European Geothermal Energy Council) in disseminating news about geothermal energy and renewables. EGEC, together with 33 stakeholders, calls on the EU not to rely on hydrogen to decarbonise buildings.

 Geothermal energy can provide solutions for food security

When it comes to reducing carbon emissions, there tends to be a great focus on transport and air travel in particular. However, agriculture is one of the largest and most essential sectors in the EU, and globally, the use of geothermal energy can provide solutions for energy, climate, and food security.

Another year of geothermal successes across Europe. 

The year 2020 marked the start of the Geothermal Decade and the launch of EGEC's #GeothermalDecade campaign. By 2030,  there is expected to be an extraordinary growth of the geothermal industry, thanks to its multiple uses for households, infrastructure, agriculture, local development, industry, transport.

We are proud members of the Swedish Geoenergy Centre (Svenskt Geoenergicentrum)

Dr Signhild Gehlin is CEO of the Swedish Geoenergy Centre (SGC), which was founded in 2013 with the main task to gather and disseminate information related to geothermal energy. Follow Dr Signhild Gehlin on the SGC website (see link below) or on Twitter @SGehlin.