Choose from sophisticated thermal and biotechnical routes
VTT biofuels solutions are in use around the world. Our focus is on sustainable non-food materials like cane stalks, forest residues, straw and other lignocellulosic raw materials. Our proven technologies include both thermal and biotechnical conversion routes to next generation biofuels.
Decentralised, customised solutions
VTT creates sustainable, profitable energy solutions. We believe in decentralising and customising for specific client needs. Depending on your local environment, the best choice might be VTT´s fermentation technology or thermochemical conversion platform.
Commercial scale biomass-to-liquid solutions
VTT develops advanced nextgen Biomass-to-Liquid (BtL) technologies at a commercial level. VTT
integrated fast pyrolysis is already successfully replacing fossil fuels today. Transforming lignocellulose to bioethanol is faster and cheaper with intensified fermentation and less costly enzymes.
VTT creates solutions tailored to local biomass
and waste streams. Clients take advantage of our services along the entire
development path, from feedstock and concept evaluation to process piloting and
vehicle testing. We can also help in demonstration projects as well as
developing and initiating first-of-a-kind industrial plants.
VTT has the know-how to produce advanced biodiesel
as well as renewable jet fuels. Depending on feedstock availability, we can
make use of thermochemical or biotechnical conversion platforms. Whether you
want to start from scratch, require proof-of-concept support or need a partner
for your flagship project, VTT has the capability.
Lignocellulosic bioethanol production is one of
our core research areas. When you need to diversify your raw material base,
optimise enzymatic hydrolysis or improve conversion to ethanol, VTT is your
R&D partner. Leverage our deep knowledge for superior results. VTT´s deep
understanding of fermentation processes and organisms can help you to achieve
that last, most difficult boost in process efficiency.
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.
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.
Power generation from biomass
Our strength is to combine
experimental results obtained from CFB pilot- and bench-scale devices into
modelling tools that have been developed so as to understand combustion
phenomena in CFB combustion.
Our strength is in developing
innovative solutions to utilize challenging biomass streams in energy
production and combining technology experts, analytical, modelling and
technical services and our wide research infrastructure.
Renewable and sustainable heating oil
We convert solid
biomaterials to liquid biofuels using fast pyrolysis. Our competence builds on a thorough
understanding of the liquid product, the process characteristics, and their
role in scaling-up work.
Fossil fuel replacement
We develop and demonstrate
sustainable high efficiency technologies for combined heat, cooling and power
generation from biomass utilising pulverised fuel and fluidised bed combustion
technologies, in both greenfield and retrofit plants.
Challenging fuel mixtures
VTT has gained an understanding
of and developed methods to prevent ash deposition and high temperature
corrosion during biomass and waste-derived fuel combustion.
Biomass supply chain
Our expertise encompasses applied research,
feasibility studies and method development in the areas of harvesting, chipping
and grinding, logistics, drying, handling, and upgrading of solid biomass
Waste to energy
Conversion of waste to energy
efficience WtE technology enables almost 50% higher power production efficiency
having a very positive impact on the economy of the plant, and at the same time
fossil fuels can be reduced in power production.
VTT has developed a patented
advanced gasification process for the simultaneous recovery of energy and
metallic aluminium from the waste stream of recycling of liquid packaging.
Boiler operation and lifespan
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.
Industrial biotechnology for energy and fuels
Development of production organisms
use state of the art molecular and synthetic biology tools, high
throughput screening and in vivo evolution to enhance the properties of
bacterial, yeast, fungal and plant cells in bioproduction.
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.
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.
is your partner of choice in the exploitation of different organisms –
from bacteria, yeasts and fungi to algae and plant cells.
Infrastructure & Business Development
Bioeconomy Concept Development and Evaluation
VTT’s strong expertise in process and product
development, together with our well-established approaches for systematic
evaluation, simulation and modelling, will provide a fast lane to holistic
feasibility estimates of novel concepts.
Discover what collaboration with VTT can achieve:
Our customers tell us that collaborating with VTT adds value in a number of ways. It brings fresh thinking to the table, offers proven technologies that can be tailored to their specific needs, and accelerates the development and implementation process.
How we work
Working with VTT is different. Instead of developing everything internally or working with companies pushing proprietary solutions, we function as an extended part of your team. With VTT, you are tapping into liquid biofuels research and development that is both deep and broad.