Biochar pellets could be used in power plant currently using coal without making major investments and it could replace half of the coal used today. Coal-fired powered power stations are currently operating in six cities in Finland. Helsinki is already preparing to replace its coal power stations with renewable energy.
There are several ongoing research projects focusing on biochar in Finland. Participants in the torrefaction project at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland include Helsingin Energia and UPM as well as five other companies. Metso Power is also conducting research into torrefied pellets, as are North AB in Kouvola and the Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä.