TreePower is a regional triple helix partnership between Luleå University of Technology, Piteå Science Park, Luleå Business, Luleå Municipality, Piteå Municipality, Luleå Energy, Pite Energy, Sveaskog, Norra Skogsägarna, Bothnia Bioindustries Cluster, SAS, Sparbanken Nord, LTU holding, KIRAM and Region Norrbotten.
Internationally renowned research at Luleå University of Technology
– For several years, Luleå University of Technology has conducted internationally renowned research on biofuel fuel from forest debris. This is the basis for a willingness to invest in biofuel from the region. Through collaboration in this project, we will investigate where a large-scale biojet fuel production plant could be located. Furthermore, Luleå University of Technology owns a unique research infrastructure in the form of LTU Green Fuels that can be adapted to test different raw materials and process solutions for production of biojet, Fredrik Granberg, says, researcher at Luleå University of Technology and site manager at LTU Green Fuels.
Unique conditions in northern Sweden
The aviation fuel to be produced from forest raw materials is based on a solution developed by researchers at Luleå University of Technology, which means that today's fossil fuel for Swedish domestic aviation can be replaced by biofuel fuel made from forest debris. The goal of the project is to create a coherent overall concept for the production of biofuel, based on the unique regional conditions that exist in Northern Sweden.
– The region is strong in innovation and has a well-established collaboration between different players. We have a strong forest industry value chain and a broad partnership with energy companies, municipalities, airlines and other regional players. Thus, there are good opportunities to validate a concept for large-scale commercial production right here, Ulf Westerberg, says, Innovation Manager at Piteå Science Park.
The project will strengthen the conditions for a possible future establishment. Issues such as market incentives, raw material flows, production volumes, process technology and economic conditions must be elucidated and summarized in a comprehensive concept for large-scale production.
-– Both fossil freedom and self-sufficiency, circularity, and sustainable mobility are major societal challenges for all industries to relate to. Through the broad partnership in TreePower, we will be able to accelerate a major, necessary and cross-sectoral transition that is about more than just air, Carl Wangel, says, project coordinator of TreePower and Business Development Director at Luleå Näringsliv.