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Europe & Middle East Outlook

Adven

ADVEN

Committed to Sustainable Energy



WIth the aim of becoming the most desired energy partner in Finland, Sweden and Estonia, Adven strive to solve client's energy needs efficiently, reliably and in a sustainable manner

Writer Emily Jarvis
Project Manager Dave Alexander


Adven is a leading energy company that provides customised and cost-efficient energy solutions and district heating in Finland, Sweden and Estonia. Their products include industrial steam and refrigeration, heating, cooling solutions, gas, electricity and other energy products required by customers.

Adven pride themselves on their ability to build comprehensive solutions tailored to the customers' needs, delivering energy products in a reliable and cost-efficient manner that minimises environmental impact. Their customers include industry, the commercial and service sectors, the public and municipal sectors and district heating customers across Finland, Sweden and Estonia.

Adven pride themselves on their ability to build comprehensive solutions tailored to the customers' needs, delivering energy products in a reliable and cost-efficient manner that minimises environmental impact. Their customers include industry, the commercial and service sectors, the public and municipal sectors and district heating customers across Finland and Estonia. Adven launched its operations in Sweden this year and is currently busy expanding market coverage in these three markets with the hopes of becoming the leading provider of tailored energy solutions in the Northern region of Europe.

"Customers focus, sustainability and social responsibility are the cornerstones of our operations"
Adven's Vice President Ilkka Niiranen says that the company's success is down to its customer focus: "Customers are our priority and we work very hard each day in order to deliver high quality results in a timely manner. Further, we always keep our promises. This can be identified through our net promoter score which is significantly higher than the industry average."

Environmental thinking is an integral part of Adven's everyday operations, and as such, it is always at the forefront of any company activity. "We believe in sustainability and are working towards being the leading provider of energy production applications with low environmental impacts. Talk is cheap, which is why we prefer action. We continue to develop ways of utilising biofuels, waste materials and waste heat, and invest in their more efficient use and overall energy efficiency. We let our customers adopt advanced and cost saving energy technologies without the investment cost. In our businesses, true sustainability is a combination of highly efficient utilisation of natural and human resources, delivering sustainable cost savings for the customer," says Niiranen.

This emphasis on the operations and constant internal improvements guarantee the customer's number one objective – reliability – is achieved. Legislation and official regulations set certain minimum operational requirements, which Adven meet without exception.

Guided by the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management standard, the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management standard and the OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management standard, Adven can feel confident that their abilities in quality control, safety and environmental considerations are reinforced by international accreditations. "Our supervisors are responsible for making sure that environmental and safety regulations are followed. As a company, we are committed to systematically and continuously reducing environmental impacts and risks," explains Niiranen. In addition, safety is an extremely important issue for everyone at Adven. "Only by committing ourselves to developing safety in a systematic and continuous manner, completing our tasks safely, following instructions and caring for the safety of our colleagues can we reach our end goal of zero accidents," says Matti Viljo, CEO of Adven.

Adven Renews Contract with Nammo Vihtavuori
In June 2014, Adven renewed their contract to produce biofuel energy required by the Nammo Vihtavuori plant. More than 90 percent of the plant's energy will be produced using domestic fuels, with the hope that in the future, all energy for the plant will be produced using forest chips and wood pellets; significantly reducing dependence on fossil fuels. "Our partnership with Nammo has continued since 1996, with the annual supply of about 32GHWh of steam energy. This corresponds to the energy need of approximately 2,200 detached houses," highlights Niiranen.

Expanding the Heating Network in Levi
In September 2014, Adven announced the expansion of its district heating network in Levi to the new planned area of Ylä-Levi this autumn. The company mainly produces the district heating in the centre of Levi with renewable energy. As an operator in Levi since 2007, Adven has already constructed over four kilometres of district heating network in the area. The expansion of the distribution network now being built is approximately one kilometre in length and Adven recently increased its production capacity, allowing them to deliver energy efficient and renewable district heat for new customers.

"The investments in the district heating production plant and the expansion of district heating network guarantee our customers safe, reliable and competitive district heat now and in the future in the Ylä- Levi area, too," says Adven's Sales Manager Jussi Järvenpää.

In autumn 2013, Adven introduced a second solid fuel boiler in parallel with the existing one at the Levi heating plant. Increasing the use of biofuels, mostly wood chips, improves the security of supply in the delivery of district heat. With the help of biofuels, it is also possible to keep the price of district heat competitive by reducing the use of oil in peak production during even the coldest winter days.

Finnamyl's Factory Contract
September 2014 also saw the signing of a long term contract with Finnamyl Oy, a potato processing company, based on which Adven will provide an evaporation service at Finnamyl's factory.

Evaporation is an important part of Finnamyl's progressive new production process, in which the potato cell sap produced as a by-product of starch production is refined into potato protein and concentrated fertiliser. The change in the process will reduce the factory's environmental load with regard to both nutrient load and smell.

Adven will build an evaporation plant next to Finnamyl's factory and take responsibility for its operation. The plant will be connected to Adven's remote monitoring system, which will ensure operations are undisturbed. "It is clear that Adven plays a significant role as an energy partner for Finnish industry, and the contract with Finnamyl strengthens this position even further. Evaporation services are a new product field for Adven; they complement our offering of services that make industrial energy use more efficient. Our goal is to build several evaporation plants in the next few years and to convert existing evaporation plants into more energy efficient versions," says Matti Viljo, CEO of Adven.

Competitiveness and Cost-Efficiency
With the aim of becoming the most desired energy partner in Sweden, Finland and Estonia, Adven strive to solve client's energy needs efficiently, reliably and in a sustainable manner. The high level of commitments to their customers, industry-leading performance and the utmost respect for both the environment and staffs, Adven are geared to achieve soaring levels of growth in the coming years, as a unique business offering total project management and total solutions to more than 100 industrial and service companies. As a performance-driven company, Adven act with a sense of urgency, maintaining accountability for delivering high quality results, 100% of the time.