Renewable, recyclable and biodegradable products are the backbone of a climate-friendly society. The Finnish and Swedish industrial development projects are presently leading the global development on this pathway to renewable transportation fuels. The Nordic forest industry creates new concepts and provides solutions to mitigate climate challenge. One of the most interesting concepts is the integrated production of pulp and paper products and transportation fuels.
The European market pull for renewable transportation fuels is huge. If 5 % of the transportation fuels would be produced via thermal gasification route in 2030 this would mean roughly 150 gasification plants of 300 MW feed corresponding to annual turnover of 15 billion euros and to equipment sales of the order of 50 billion euro in 2015 - 2030. The Nordic pulp and paper mills are offering excellent sites for the early demonstration of this technology before expanding to other countries and other types of integration possibilities.
The objective of this project is to create new scientific knowledge on fluidised-bed and entrained-flow gasification of biomass residues and black liquor in order to support the Nordic industrial development and demonstration projects. In addition, the aim is to organize close co-operation between the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian R&D organizations.
Funding: The Nordic Top Research Initiative
Project partners: VTT (Project owner), LTU, ETC and SINTEF
Contact persons: Esa Kurkela (VTT). At LTU: Marcus Öhman, Joakim Lundgren