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Grain drying is moving into the fossil-free era

Grain drying is moving into the fossil-free era – renewable fuel oil is coming fast

One of our main goals is to get farmers involved in the climate discussion. About 14 percent of Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, so in terms of our future, supporting them is a shared responsibility for all of us, so that we can reach the emissions targets presented as a nation.

Agriculture has often been cajoled to be involved in climate talks, but instead of a carrot, only a stick has been offered. Farmers can apply for subsidies and interest subsidised loans for productive investments on the farm, but changing the fuel used is not directly encouraged, even if it is possible to do it with small investments. All that is needed is a decision to compensate for the fuel cost increase, and emissions will drop significantly. There is a real long-term quick win on offer for emission reduction targets.”

Jouni Virtaniemi, Commercial Manager of Antti-Teollisuus, states

Households receive support when switching to a more environmentally friendly form of heating. However, this is not the case in farming, where grain drying in particular requires considerable investment in heating.

From the beginning of 2022, we will only deliver HVO-compatible heaters and burners

Fossil fuel oil is currently by far the most common operating energy for dryers: Tens of thousands of Finnish farms use fuel oil as a source of thermal energy for grain drying. According to the statistics of the Natural Resources Institute Finland, 92 million litres of fuel oil were used for grain drying in 2020.

The transition from fossil fuel oil to renewable is possible with light investments in equipment, but otherwise the costs remain solely as the farmer’s responsibility. 

Renewable fuel oil costs about 20 cents more per litre than regular fuel oil.   Many grain producers need incentives to switch to renewable fuels. Farmers are hoping for help from the state to compensate for the difference. 

With the help of renewable fuel oil, it is possible to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the heating required for grain drying by up to 90 percent. Entities built from the heaters, dryer models, fans and automation systems produced by Antti-Teollisuus help reduce energy consumption per kilogram of evaporated water. At the same time, greenhouse emissions are reduced”

Virtaniemi states

By using high-quality and renewable HVO fuel oil (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil), emissions that affect local air quality can be reduced. The distribution infrastructure is ready, as HVO fuel oil is available from all major fuel oil suppliers.

Antti-Teollisuus, the leader in the grain drying market, will supply only HVO-compatible heaters and burners from the beginning of 2022. HVO-compatible burners can be used as well as renewable fueling oil and light fueling oil. HVO fuel oil suitable for heating is made from waste and star raw materials.

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