Key technology platforms for the bioeconomy

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Create business from bioeconomy with us!

We can provide you with world-class expertise and technology development based on solutions for sustainable use of natural resources and the environment. Besides specific process technologies and process management tools, VTT offers four key enabling technologies for the bioeconomy sector: Cell Factory, Sustainable Chemistry, Thermochemical conversions, and Simulation & Modelling.

Research platforms to serve your needs

For bioeconomy applications we offer our customers research, development and piloting services based on our research platforms in biotechnology, thermochemical processes and chemical technology. We carry our assessment and modelling of processes and product concepts at various phases of the development path, from preliminary inspection to demonstrations and improved performance of industrial plants.​

BIORUUKKI pilot centre 

Unique innovation and demonstration platform for bio- and circular economy businesses: low carbon energy, biomass refining, new biomass-based products, recycling and waste utilisation and sustainable chemicals.

​​​Biomass fractionation and pulping 

We can help you to develop your biomass processing concept towards a more efficient and environmentally sound process, and to produce specialty pulps or new types of industrial raw materials from a variety of biomass sources.

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​​​Chemical pilots  

VTT's chemical pilots have a unique combination of multi-purpose pilot-scale reactors integrated to versatile downstream processing units.

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​​​Fast pyrolysis – conversion of biomass to bio-oil 

Our strength is the critical mass of persons representing development (experimental and modelling), analytics, and technical services. We also operate a unique fast pyrolysis pilot plant, which may be used to help scaling-up processes.

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​​​Gasification of biomass and waste

A major part of our activities is related to process development work, which we are able to carry out at laboratory- and pilot-scales with our unique test facilities and world-class expertise

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Cell factory

 Our core competence is to develop yeast, photosynthetic microbes, fungal and plant cells for production of proteins, enzymes, biofuels, biomaterials and chemicals. We apply synthetic and systems biology, production physiology research and automation.

​​​Bioprocess development 

VTT is your partner of choice in the exploitation of different organisms – from bacteria, yeasts and fungi to algae and plant cells.

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​​​Metabolic engineering  

We are experts in metabolic engineering of different yeasts, filamentous fungi, and cyanobacteria. We identify novel production hosts with desired process and physiological properties and develop genetic tools for their engineering.

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​​​Plant biotechnology

We develop plants, plant cells and algae for the sustainable production of biomass, ingredients, high-value chemicals and proteins.

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​​​Protein discovery and engineering 

We develop proteins for various applications and carry out research and development on many aspects of protein chemistry: new and better enzymes, robust nanomaterials with unique properties.

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​​​Protein production 

We provide custom recombinant protein production in our Expression service. We improve protein production hosts and carry out research to understand the molecular background and physiology of protein production.

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​​​Synthetic biology 

VTT can provide you with solutions for your needs in bioinformatics, data handling and modelling. In addition, we offer novel solutions for the genetic engineering of efficient cell factories for the production of useful chemicals/biofuels.

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 Simulation and modelling

We can quickly and efficiently provide accurate information for various process industry needs for investment decision making, process development and problem solving. Optimising and troubleshooting processes with simulation tools is shortcut to successful realisation of solutions.

​​​CFD modelling

We have over 30 years experience of the application and development of Computational Fluid Dynamics  (CFD) modelling tools for combustion and industrial multiphase flows. We have combined in an innovative way various modelling approaches with CFD.

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​​​Dynamic plant and energy system modelling 

VTT is on the top level of test and analysis equipment in fluidised bed combustion research. The test environment enables bubbling bed, circulating fluidized bed and grate boiler combustion research from the laboratory scale to the class of pilot-scale category.

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​​​Earth observation  

We use satellite-based optical data in producing maps and classifications of forest areas. Our key methodological asset is the in-house tool Probability, which is used to apply unsupervised clustering to the satellite image dataset.

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​​​Process modelling

Our focus is in modelling different pulping and biorefinery processes, food and beverage production and novel bio and chemical product production systems including side-stream and water purification and valorisation technologies.

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​​​Techno-economic feasibility of new concepts  

VTT links economic considerations to process design from an early stage, iterating as the work progresses.

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 Sustainable chemistry

 Engage VTT to create competitive advantage for you with economically solid, environmentally sound and technologically outperforming chemical solutions. Optimise the use of raw materials, eco-efficient processes and waste.

​​​Additives in polymer matrix

VTT has a versatile pilot environment for plastic processing where precise control of nanodispersions enable tailoring of material properties. The key is the understanding of chemical and physical interactions in the polymer–additive interface.

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​​​Chemical pilots  

VTT's chemical pilots have a unique combination of multi-purpose pilot-scale reactors integrated to versatile downstream processing units.

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​​​Green solvents  

VTT's know-how covers whole research chain; from synthesis of DESs to their use in applications as such, and with enzymes as well their recovery to original components.

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​​​Polysaccharides 

Our core competence covers the whole polysaccharide value chain from the selection of raw materials to the most relevant modifications and properties for all polysaccharides, such as thermoplasticity, charge, hydrophobicity, compatibility and solubility.

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​​​Smart materials 

VTT has long experience in dendritic and self-assembling materials, including molecular capsules and other functionalized materials.

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​​​Synthesis toolkit 

VTT develops industrially viable chemical synthesis technologies so as to generate value-added chemical products: sustainable, functional and cost-competitive. 

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 Thermochemical conversion

We develop new and sustainable technologies for the production of bio-based chemicals and low carbon energy. We offer services from techno-economical concept development and foresight, lab and pilot scale experimental work and process development to industrial demonstration support.

​​​Catalyst R&D for syngas cleaning and upgrading  

VTT's catalyst R&D develops catalysts and process solutions for variety of applications in heterogeneous catalysis. We have excellent facilities for catalyst preparation, characterisation and testing, as well as long experience in optimal catalyst and process condition screening and in catalyst development.

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​​​CFD modelling

We have over 30 years experience of the application and development of Computational Fluid Dynamics  (CFD) modelling tools for combustion and industrial multiphase flows. We have combined in an innovative way various modelling approaches with CFD.

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​​​Combustion processes 

VTT offers pilot-scale experimental facilities and processes modelling services for boiler suppliers, power companies and investors to ensure the success of fuel portfolio changes and investments. 

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Discover what collaboration with VTT can achieve:  

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