Aalto University, Andritz partner for AaltoCell biotechnology

P&PC Staff
January 22, 2018
By P&PC Staff
Aalto University, Andritz partner for AaltoCell biotechnology
Photo: Twitter/@AaltoUniversity
Jan. 22, 2018 - Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, and Andritz are bringing to the global market new AaltoCell technology for the production of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). Developed under the lead of professor Olli Dahl, AaltoCell allows high capacity production of MCC in pulp mills instead of small production units, while using “significantly” smaller quantities of chemicals than before, he describes.

In addition to commercialization, the agreement includes multi-annual research cooperation that aims to develop new bioproducts with high processing value using MCC produced with the AaltoCell technology. In addition, the sugars generated in the manufacturing process can be used to produce bio-based chemicals, such as ethanol.

“Andritz’s equipment and process portfolio offers good opportunities for new bioproducts, and the cooperation with the Aalto University is a significant step towards creating new, innovative bioproducts,” says Kari Tuominen, president and CEO of Andritz Oy. “We want to be involved in developing new wood-based, environmentally friendly bio products – to complement traditional bio products – which help our customers boost their business and gain commercial benefit.”

“Materials and sustainable use of natural resources are one of Aalto University’s key areas in research, where bioeconomy plays a central role,” adds Ilkka Niemelä, president of Aalto University.

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