The electricity used at this year’s Helsinki International Horse Show will be produced entirely with horse manure at Fortum’s Järvenpää power plant. The electricity consumption of the event taking place at the Helsinki Ice Hall will be about 140 MWh, and the origin of the electricity will be verified by the Guarantee of Origin system maintained by Fingrid. Producing the energy needed for the event requires the annual manure output of 14 horses. This is the first time in the world that the electricity for a major horse show will be produced entirely with horse manure.
“I am really proud that electricity produced with horse manure can be utilized for an event that is important to equestrian fans and the horse sector. It is great that Finland’s biggest and best-known horse show is a forerunner in energy and environmental issues,” notes Anssi Paalanen, Vice President, HorsePower, Fortum.
“It’s great to participate in electrifying the pilot event of the Fortum HorsePower concept with horse manure. Overall, the concept is fascinating and creates tremendous opportunities for the entire horse sector in Europe,” notes Event Director Tom Gordin with satisfaction. “This is also an important part of our own Horse Show Jumps Green environmental project,” Gordin continues.
During the event, Fortum HorsePower will deliver wood-based bedding for the 250 or so horses that will be staying in temporary stalls at the Helsinki Ice Hall. The manure-bedding mixture that is generated will be transported to Fortum’s Järvenpää power plant where it will be utilised in energy production. An estimated 135 tonnes of manure-bedding mixture will be generated during the event.
The Helsinki International Horse Show will be held on 18-22 October at the Helsinki Ice Hall.