CKW, Galliker, Emmi and PanGas plan energy ecosystem


Lucerne – CKW, Galliker, Emmi and PanGas are teaming up to establish a sustainable energy system located in Dagmersellen LU. An eco-network for the production of electricity, heat and hydrogen is to be built there by 2027.

In Dagmersellen, a renewable energy ecosystem unique in Switzerland is to be created. According to a media release, four companies from the canton of Lucerne are working together on the project. Lucerne-based Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG(CKW) has signed a memorandum of understanding with its partners Galliker Transport from Altishofen LU, Lucerne-based milk processor Emmi AG and industrial gas producer PanGas from Dagmersellen. The cost is estimated at around 200 million Swiss francs.

The heart of the plant is to be a large wood-fired power plant operated by CKW in Dagmersellen, which will supply heat and renewable energy for power supply and the production of green hydrogen from 2027. It will produce 100 gigawatt-hours, or 100 million kilowatt-hours, of electricity, as well as 130 gigawatt-hours of heat, when fully operational. It is to be operated with regional forest chips and waste wood. This requires up to 200,000 tons of wood per year.

Emmi plans to use around 50 gigawatt hours of the heat at its production site in Dagmersellen for the production of fresh cheese specialties such as mozzarella or ricotta as well as milk powder. The company aims to reduce its internal CO2 emissions by 60 percent by 2027. Emmi supplies the demineralized water produced during production to PanGas for hydrogen production.

PanGas will use some of CHC’s electricity to produce hydrogen to power Galliker’s fleet of trucks. Galliker Transport wants to be CO2-neutral on the road by 2050. Since 2020, the company has been operating on Swiss roads with six hydrogen trucks. PanGas continues to recover green CO2 from the combustion process, as required in the food industry. gba