Fortum, UPM and Valmet to develop technology for biomass based fuels

Consortium aims to develop novel integrated technology to produce high value biofuels to replace fossil transportation fuels.

Finnish companies Fortum, UPM and Valmet have joined forces to develop a new technology to produce advanced high value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio liquids. Their plan is to develop catalytic pyrolysis technology for upgrading bio-oil and to commercialise the solution.

The five-year project, called LignoCat (lignocellulosic fuels by catalytic pyrolysis), is funded by Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. The project is a continuation of the consortium’s earlier bio-oil project together with the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, commercialising integrated pyrolysis technology for the production of sustainable bio-oil for replacement of heating oil in industrial use.

Sustainable products and processes

According to Valmet Corporation, the successful execution of the project will help utilities and the forest industry sector in making investment decisions for entering advanced biofuel production. The outcome will be a new sustainable product on the market which will significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation and heating sectors. The project will also create a knowledge cluster within biorefining for universities, research centres and consortium partners.

“We will develop pyrolysis technology enabling the improvement of bio-oil quality compatible for further refining to transportation fuels or intermediate products. This is a business opportunity for us, which will lead to new sustainable processes and products,” says Jussi Mäntyniemi, Director, Technology and R&D, Valmet.

Source: Valmet