Walking tour at LTU Green Fuels with Crown Princess Victoria. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

The Crown Princess visited LTU Green Fuels

Published: 27 November 2013

On November 13, HRH Crown Princess Victoria visited LTU Green Fuels in Piteå. The reason for the visit, on the initiative of the Crown Princess herself, comes from her passion for environmental and energy issues. The king's interest for the plant have perhaps also contributed to the interest by the Crown Princess for the production of DME.

Visit in the control room at LTU Green Fuels.
Visit in the control room at LTU Green Fuels.

The royal family has long been active in following the developments for BioDME in Sweden.

– It is impressive that we in Sweden can make fuel from renewable forest, the king said during the groundbreaking ceremony in 2009.

In conjunction with the tour that the King conducted earlier this year, on the occasion of 40 years as head of state, he visited the university and was then presented the results of the developments in BioDME. Now it was the Crown Princess's turn, and she was just as interested in renewable energy as her father.

From left: Yngve Holm, Crown Princess Victoria and Governor Sven-Eric Österberg.
From left: Yngve Holm, Crown Princess Victoria and Governor Sven-Eric Österberg.

The visit began with presentations by local companies that have invested in energy and environmental technology. Then LTU's Professor Rikard Gebart presented the research conducted at LTU Green Fuels. The visitors, in addition to Crown Princess Victoria, also included the Norrbotten County Governor Sven-Erik Österberg and Piteås Councillor Peter Roslund, who was given a tour at LTU Green Fuels and were shown a logging truck driven on the DME produced at the plant.

The Crown Princess was impressed by what she saw and heard, particularly the information that it is possible to replace 50 percent of Sweden's transportation fuel with renewable raw materials from the forest.

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