Warm Water Innovation Challenge was a contest aimed at generating ideas for what to do with the luke warm waste water from the forest industry production plants. The contest was open to everyone and the winner was appointed by a jury.
To find inspiration, interested innovators could take part in any one of six workshops at regional mills and at The University of Karlstad.
GIANT SHRIMPS WON THE CHALLENGE
The Challenge attracted a grand total of 19 entries. After the dust had settled a company named Vegafish won first price for the idea to use the water to grow giant shrimps – a delicacy that otherwise is imported from environmentally damaging shrimp farms in tropical countries.
TRUCK WASH AND GREENHOUSE
The two other finalists were Westmatic and Tengbomgruppen/Willys Cleantech. Westmatic suggested they would build a truck wash just outside the mills to enable quick cleaning of passing lorries and heavy vehicles. Larger mills are passed by a truck every tenth minute, so a washing establishment would definitely come in good use.
The architect, Jonas Haglund at Tengbomgruppen together with long time innovator Willy Ociansson proposed to build a large greenhouse and event centre in the vicinity of the Skoghall mill. The greenhouse would be heated with the waste water from the mill and lokal producers of vegetables would be offered to rent space in the greenhouse.
The Warm Water Innovation Challenge was arranged by Paper Province in cooperation with BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön Mill, Nordic Paper Bäckhammar, Nordic Paper Åmotfors, Rottneros Mill, Stora Enso Skoghall Mill, Wipab, Inova, The University of Karlstad, ALMI and Åmotfors Energi.