måndag, 28 januari 2019 / Published in LATEST NEWS

Boråsaren gör olja med miljövänlig unik teknik

Sopor, plast och avfall kan bli olja. Karl-Magnus Mattsson beskriver det som jordens egen naturliga process, men istället för att vänta över 130 miljoner år på ett resultat, så tar det med hjälp av deras teknik endast några minuter.

Boråsaren Karl-Magnus Mattsson är vd för Swestep, ett företag som utvinner olja ur plast och restprodukter på ett miljövänligt sätt. Den revolutionerande tekniken har sålts till flera delar av världen.

– En plastflaska tar många miljoner år för jorden att bryta ner. Vi bryter ner den på sex minuter, utan farliga utsläpp, säger Karl-Magnus Mattsson.

Runt om i världen bränner man plast som inte går att återanvända. Den gamla matlådan som gått sönder, eller den trasiga plastbaljan, allt förbränns och de farliga utsläppen är cancerogena. Enligt Naturskyddsföreningen är dioxiner och furaner farliga gifter som stannar kvar länge i naturen, efter förbränningen, och är skadliga för människor och djur.

– Det är förbränningen som är farlig. Vi använder låga temperaturer och skonsamma processer för att ta fram en olja som är lika bra som den fossila, utan de farliga utsläppen, säger Karl-Magnus Mattsson.

– Det här är en av de bästa alternativa lösningarna för att lösa avfallsproblem och energiförsörjning.
Med oljan kan man sedan tillverka det som man använder den vanliga oljan till, såsom mediciner, plast, asfalt och kläder.

Men om man använder oljan som bränsle för bilar så blir det väl ändå skadliga utsläpp? 

– Ja, så är det ju. Men eftersom att avfallet har blandats med minst 50 procents biomassa så är det fortfarande en mycket grönare diesel med mindre utsläpp.

Det var en kollega och partner till Karl-Magnus, från Tyskland, som utvecklade tekniken tillsammans med Siemens. Swestep har sedan vidareutvecklat tekniken i Sverige.

– Vi har sålt ungefär 10–12 anläggningar runt om i världen. En anläggning kostar mellan 130 och 500 miljoner kronor, säger Karl-Magnus Mattssson.

De två första svenska anläggningarna börjar byggas nu i mars och kommer att ligga i Hallsbergs kommun. Karl-Magnus Mattsson, som är uppvuxen i Borås och utbildad på Textilhögskolan, har många visioner:

– En av mina drömmar är att skapa hållbara textilier av vår olja, säger Karl-Magnus Mattsson.

Tobias Richards är professor på Högskolan i Borås och känner till deras teknik:

– Det är jättespännande att följa vägar som hjälper oss att omvandla avfall till produkter vi kan använda.

Det finns några processer som liknar denna. Men just nu verkar detta företaget attrahera investerare som ska bygga anläggningar, vilket är jättebra.

Naturskyddsföreningen skriver att mellan 8 och 13 miljoner ton plast beräknas hamna i naturen varje år och att vi riskerar att snart ha mer plast än fisk i haven om ingenting förändras. En av Karl-Magnus drömmar är att använda fiskebåtar till att fiska upp plast och återanvända den:

– Tänk om man kunde dammsuga haven på plast och återanvända den, utan att det är skadligt för miljön och människan.

Han berättar att det känns som att människor bara gått och väntat på en sådan här teknik och att trycket blivit enormt när det nu blivit erkänt som en fungerande metod:

– Jag började berätta om detta i början av 2000-talet men då kändes det som att ingen trodde på mig. Men nu har vi fått respekt, alla universiteten förstår att detta funkar. Jag tror att vi kan bli ett av Sveriges största exportföretag.

 

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Source; Borås Tidning

Text: Jennie Ölund

Foto: Sanna Tedeborg

fredag, 21 december 2018 / Published in LATEST NEWS

SWESTEP is now ready for roll out of SWESTEP Plant’s – ”The Next Generation Process Technology for Sustainable Recycling Production” –

The proven technology creates a market potential for sustainable production that is independent from traditional fossil energy forms.

It is a capital-efficient and a profitable solution that creates viable conditions and opportunities for both small-scale and large-scale installations, regardless of the customers, communities or  geographic location.

The demand for renewable fuels and sustainable liquids used to produce climate friendly products is global scaled. Since the Industrial revolution, production of greenhouse gases and toxic chemicals have escalated tremendously, which has resulted in an urgency to replace fossil fuels with renewable alternative energy sources.

At present, the UN and the EU have all created directives to encourage the utilization of renewable fuels.

Time to take the next step
Time for change
#Swestep – All residues come to use

Feel free to contact SWESTEP for further details.

tisdag, 06 november 2018 / Published in LATEST NEWS

 

Breakthrough for sustainable recycling process

Can the Swedish company SWESTEP’s cutting edge technology become one of Sweden’s next major exports?

In 2019, spades are put into the ground for two plants in Sweden. Contracts for deliveries are also signed by a number of customers on several continents.

SWESTEP has for some years been working to develop and commercialize a process that can produce renewable fuels from several sources, including household waste and residues from forestry, agriculture and industry.

– Recycling companies, several fossil-dependent industries and municipalities now contact us directly. In addition to waste management in general, the challenge for many municipalities is to solve the problem of plastic recycling. Most of the plastic waste is being burned today, says Karl-Magnus Mattsson, founder and CEO of SWESTEP.

The technology was developed within the Siemens Group and was further developed by the company’s former research director. Now that the first SWESTEP plants are being projected, SWESTEP will pass many competing technologies, many of which still have a long way to actual production.

– SWESTEP’s end-product has the same characteristics as high-quality fossil oil. In addition to renewable fuels for transportation on land, our product can also satisfy the needs for shipping and air traffic, says Karl-Magnus Mattsson. -There are already some well-functioning facilities in the world using earlier versions of the technology, but it’s only now the sale of turnkey SWESTEP plants can take place in a larger scale.

SWESTEP’s unique recovery technology can process and recycle all types of hydrocarbon-based waste and residues at a molecular level. The facilities are scalable and flexible, both with regard to input material and end product.

”The patented recycling process can be described simply as copying nature’s way of producing fossil oil, but with SWESTEP’s process it only takes 6 minutes, explains Karl-Magnus Mattsson and concludes, ”Through agreements with Green Fund Finance we can now offer customers a really attractive financing solution which opens up the market for us.

 

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Breakthrough for SWESTEP – Order value of 85 MEUR
torsdag, 25 oktober 2018 / Published in LATEST NEWS
   

Breakthrough for waste management

Enabling roll out of -The Next Generation Process Technology for Sustainable Recycling Production- Turning all organic waste and plastics into renewable oil, fuel and green chemical products.

An agreement has been signed between SWESTEP AB and Green Fund Finance AB (GFF), with the intent of financing the construction and development of approved SWESTEP facilities. SWESTEP’S Innovative green technology combined with exciting new financing and investment models from Green Fund Finance promise real changes to the environmental challenges we face today.

“There is a huge interest in our proven technology for turning organic waste into a green oil similar to the fossil oil” says Karl-Magnus Mattsson, CEO and Founder of SWESTEP, he continues -“The unique technology enables you to recycle and process biomass, all organic waste, including plastic residues to valuable renewables for industries both in the Circular Economy and the CO2 Neutral Economy. This is a solution that enables many of them to close the loop or break out from fossil dependence.

The Swedish green-tech company SWESTEP offers production plants that are scalable and flexible from both the facility and raw material perspective. It is a ground-breaking technology that is both climate friendly and economically viable, the payback time on a production facility is short, due to high efficiency in the process. The end products are renewable oil/fuels, distilled water and bitumen, the renewable oil can also can be cultivated into performance chemicals to make new plastics, textilfibers or as alternative to palm oil for the food and cosmetic industries.

A SWESTEP plant has no hazardous emissions; thanks to the unique catalyst process the production works at low temperature with a slight under pressure. “The process basically copies nature’s natural ways of producing fossil oil, but instead of more than 130 million years, our patented process solution makes it on around 6 minutes. – And it is now becoming available internationally, with a really attractive funding setup”, says Karl-Magnus Mattsson, who beside the role at SWESTEP is recognized by WPF, (UNESCO) and has been granted as World Citizenship no 216 thanks to his engagement and initiatives for alternative green energy solutions.

Attractive funding solution – enabling large-scale roll out
GFF Green Fund Finance has agreed to finance the purchase and setup of turnkey SWESTEP production facilities. In return, the Fund will share the profits from the facilities on a next to equal basis with the companies that will manage each facility and produce renewable diesel from waste.

”There is a huge interest in this new patent technology amongst our investors, who are searching for sustainable investment opportunities with good prospects. We look forward to the coming years together with SWESTEP,” says David Simmonds, CEO of GFF Green Fund Finance.

Interest from many different international industries
“We have interest from several different international industry sectors, such as the aviation industry, agriculture, forestry and traditional manufacturing industry – but also from municipalities due to their growing waste problems”, says Karl-Magnus Mattsson, whom also has been invited to meet influential decision makers in emerging markets, informing about the technique and what it offers in terms of handling the large problems with waste handling and the equally important need for alternative energy solutions.

Orders to a value of 85 MEUR – installations starting 2019
“We now have orders from customers in Scandinavia, India, Bangladesh  and southern Europe amounting to 85 MEUR, with installations starting in 2019. Most of these orders are to be financed by Green Fund Finance. With this new funding set-up, we expect the order book to grow fast, as it creates alternatives for customers that do not want to be in the hands of traditional bank financing” says Karl-Magnus Mattsson.

Comments from industry representatives
The SWESTEP technology and GFF Green Fund Finance financial setup is valued by several representatives with an interest in new ways to turn organic waste and residuals into green oil based chemicals and renewable fuels.

Stefan Lithell, CEO at REZ Power AB, Sweden – ” Being able to access a technology that makes Swedish renewable diesel out of waste from plastic paper and wood that are also carbon dioxide neutral. To use a multiple better process than burning the waste, feels great and inspiring ”.

Georgios Vassili, CEO RECYCLADES, Naxos, Greece – ” This means we can solve the waste issues in the Cyclades and contribute to a circular economy, and less dependent on importing fossil fuel ”.

Fredrik Hällstorp, CEO Hällstorp Recycling AB – ” This will make a big difference with a SWESTEP plant, which means that waste will be converted to new chemical products with a positive cash flow leading to a higher recycling rate and less material that will be sent to landfill. This will be good for the future and for the environment both nationally and globally ”.

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For more information contact
Karl-Magnus Mattsson– Founder & CEO
Phone + 46 763 97 95 74
Mail kmm@swestep.com

onsdag, 03 oktober 2018 / Published in LATEST NEWS

Success for SWESTEP at the Green Fund Finance Dinner in Copenhagen

CEO and founder Karl Magnus Mattsson’s presentation of SWESTEP brought great interest and he answered a lot of questions before the dessert was presented.

Thank you GFF and BACKED for a well-accomplished event.
– And to all of you who came, listened, and now has become ”SWESTEP Believers”, thank you for your commitment and time.

Together we can now offer fossil-dependent industries a sustainable alternative for a cleaner and better future for both mother earth and future generations.

 

See link to the film from the event here

Pictures from ”The Dinner Event”

                        

 

                        

 

 

tisdag, 02 oktober 2018 / Published in NEWS From the world

Skräp blir bränsle på sex minuter – vill bygga storskaligt

Enligt svenska Swestep kan deras process omvandla all typ av organiskt avfall och plast till förnybara oljor, bränslen och gröna kemiska råvaror. Nu vill de bygga storskaliga anläggningar.

Svenska Swestep säger sig erbjuda produktionsanläggningar för storskalig produktion av grön diesel, typ EN 590 kvalitet, från plast och organiskt avfall. Enligt bolaget har nu ett avtal ingåtts mellan Swestep och Green Fund Finance, med avsikt att finansiera byggandet och utvecklingen av anläggningar.

– Det finns ett stort intresse för vår unika teknik för att förvandla plast och organiskt avfall till en grön förnybar olja som är i nivå med den fossila oljan. Vi har redan fått in order till ett värde om cirka 85 miljoner euro, säger Karl-Magnus Mattsson, vd och grundare för Swestep.

Tekniken bygger på att du kan förvandla hushållsavfall och annat organiskt skräp till grön olja, av samma kvalitet som den fossila oljan, samt till grönt jetbränsle. Enligt Karl-Magnus Mattsson är det även möjligt att producera ny plast, nya textilfibrer och asfalt från oljan.

– Tekniken och processen är klimatvänlig och återbetalningstiden på en produktionsanläggning är kort, tack vare den höga effektiviteten i processen. Det finns inga farliga utsläpp, tvärtom de biprodukter som finns kvar efter genomförd process är destillerat vatten, inkapslad koldioxid och asfalt. Transformationen sker i låg temperatur och utan tryck, tack vare en unik katalysatorprocess, säger Karl-Magnus Mattsson och tillägger att det i princip är samma process som i naturen för att producera olja, men i stället för att ta över 130 miljoner år tar processen cirka 6 minuter.

– Det finns ett stort intresse för denna nya patenterade teknik bland våra investerare, som söker hållbara investeringsmöjligheter med goda förutsättningar. Vi ser fram emot de kommande åren tillsammans med Swestep säger David Simmonds, VD för Green Fund Finance.

GFF Green Fund Finance kommer de att finansiera köp och installation av nyckelfärdiga produktionsanläggningar sedan kommer fonden att dela vinsten från anläggningarna med de företag som driver anläggningarna.

– Vi ser ett stort intresse från flera internationella branscher som flygindustrin, jord-, och skogsbruket och den traditionella tillverkningsindustrin – men också från kommunerna med ett allt växande avfallsproblem, säger Karl-Magnus Mattsson.

 

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lördag, 29 september 2018 / Published in LATEST NEWS, Uncategorized

Breakthrough orders in Sweden for SWESTEP

Last week orders were signed for two SWESTEP Plants in Sweden. The buyers are Hälltorp Recycling and Rez Power. This will have an impact on the recycling industry, and also in the energy sector at large.

Fredrik Hällstorp, CEO Hällstorp Recycling AB – ” This will make a big difference with a SWESTEP plant, which means that waste will be converted to new chemical products with a positive cash flow leading to a higher recycling rate and less material that will be sent to landfill. This will be good for the future and for the environment both nationally and globally ”.

Stefan Lithell, CEO at REZ Power AB, Sweden – ” Being able to access a technology that makes Swedish renewable diesel out of waste from plastic paper and wood that are also carbon dioxide neutral. To use a multiple better process than burning the waste, feels great and inspiring ”.

Karl Magnus Mattson CEO and founder of SWESTEP
together with Stefan Lithell – REZ Power.

For more information contact
Karl-Magnus Mattsson– Founder & CEO
Phone + 46 763 97 95 74
Mail kmm@swestep.com

måndag, 03 september 2018 / Published in NEWS From the world

The price of emission allowances for carbon dioxide rises to the skies

In August, the price of emission allowances has risen to over 21 dollars per ton, the highest level of a decade.

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme is an instrument for cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The system is based on common EU rules, covering all member states and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. EU emissions trading began in 2005. Since its inception, the system has been expanded step by step and now applies to more industries.

Today, some 13,000 European facilities are included in the system, of which about 750 are in Sweden. Many facilities are located in energy-intensive industry and energy production.

The trading system has received a lot of criticism over the years but now it seems that Europe finally got it.

During the third week of August, the price of emission rights to over 20 dollars per ton, the highest level in a decade.

But not only that. Costs to generate electricity from both coal and gas have also risen sharply since the beginning of 2017, not least because the price of imported coal and gas has risen.

The cost of generating electricity from coal has risen by 72 percent to 46 euros per MWh and the equivalent for gas is 43 percent to 49 euros per MWh.

An analysis by Berenberg Bank argues that the shortage of allowances will be able to drive the price up to 100 euros per ton by 2020.

 

Source / Link – Veckans Affärer (Article in Swedish)

 

söndag, 12 augusti 2018 / Published in LATEST NEWS

Meeting with Norrecco in Copenhagen Denmark

Positive signals from meeting with Norrecco. The dialogue is now entering the next phase of setting up SWESTEP Installations in Denmark.

Norrecco’s interest lies in strengthening its positioning in the Danish Recycling Market, through the ability to offer a more sustainable and viable alternative, especially in the field of plastic recycling.

The first step is to look at setting up a SWESTEP Plant in Copenhagen Harbor.

 


Karl Magnus Mattsson –  SWESTEP
Søren Eriksen – Norrecco
Martin Porsgaard – NISA
Karsten Ludvigsen – Norrecco
torsdag, 09 november 2017 / Published in LATEST NEWS

Trash to cash: How SWESTEP gives plastic waste a new life

People all over the world are throwing out large quantities of plastic each year, representing a huge sustainability issue. SWESTEP aims to address this by converting household plastic waste into sustainable oil and new plastic raw materials.

Over the past year, the Swedish green tech company has been working closely with Climate-KIC and the City of Copenhagen to carry out a feasibility study on the conversion of plastic waste to new sustainable oil. Since being established in 2012, SWESTEP has been developing an industrial process capable of turning all hydrocarbon-based waste and residues, such as plastic, into renewable fractions. In practical terms, this means that any organic waste stream can be considered as a feedstock, and duly be transformed into a wide range of renewable fuels or useful sustainable liquids and materials to be used again.

In theory, this process could have huge implications for how we deal with plastics, as well as waste management in general, as it could lead to the establishment of major circular economy loops into a city’s ecosystem, provide new sources of renewable energy, and create new revenues and jobs—effectively converting what was previously considered waste into a resource. One key aspect of SWESTEP’s technology is that the feedstock doesn’t require separating prior to processing, meaning mixed waste streams are just as effectively processed as sorted ones. This contrasts wildly with the status quo, in which mixed waste streams require appropriately sorting before the separate elements can be recycled.

Creating industrial inputs from waste plastic for industries that typically require fossil-based fuels or petrochemicals for major parts of their operations doesn’t just represent a welcome remedy to the problem of municipal waste, it also embodies potential to reduce the consumption of fossil-fuels and thus, contributes to climate change mitigation.

Given what was on offer, it’s easy to understand why Copenhagen was interested in a potential collaboration. Per Boesgaard, coordinator of the city’s Climate Plan 2025, had this to say:

“Waste management, and particularly plastic waste management, has represented a huge problem for the city for a long time. Plastic is now a large part of people’s daily lives, yet it represents a huge environmental problem with regards to both the consequences of its disposal and its carbon footprint.

Our challenge [as the City of Copenhagen] is to manage this problem holistically, which means solving the environmental issues without disrupting the day-to-day of our citizens. Thus, participating in projects such as this and collaborating with pioneering companies like SWESTEP to investigate the potential of their technology is both necessary and exciting for us as a city. We are very pleased with the outcome of this project and look forward to working more with SWESTEP and Climate-KIC in the future”.

 

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