Valmet and Fortum partner on technology for lignocellulosic fuels

P&PC Staff
April 10, 2018
By P&PC Staff
Apr. 10, 2018 - Valmet and Fortum say they are developing a technology to produce advanced lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio-liquids, in a move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The project is a continuation of the consortium’s earlier bio-oil project with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which resulted in commercializing integrated pyrolysis technology for production of sustainable bio-oil to replace heating oil in industrial use. Valmet and Fortum have agreed on joint development with Preem, a Swedish refinery company.

Based on the results of the previous project phase, the companies are moving to larger-scale testing. Valmet and Fortum say they plan to develop and commercialize production technology for upgraded pyrolysis oil suitable e.g. as refinery co-feed, based on a thermal pyrolysis technology platform similar to Fortum’s Joensuu bio-oil plant, supplied by Valmet. Preem will focus on processing the upgraded pyrolysis oil into transportation fuels under refinery conditions.

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