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Sustainable energy and fuels

 

Liquid biofuels

​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.

Liquid biofuels

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.​​

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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.


Affordable sugars from lignocellulosic biomass

VTT develops industrial concepts for the deconstruction of renewable biomasses by applying sustainable biotechnical methods, often combined with chemical or mechanical processing.

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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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Power generation from biomass


 

​​​Supercritical CFB

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.

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​​​Small-scale CHP

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.

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​​​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.

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​​​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. 

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​​​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.

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​​​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 fuels.

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Waste to energy


 

​​​Conversion of waste to energy

Gasification-based high 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.

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​​​Material recovery

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.

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Boiler operation and lifespan


 

​​​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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Industrial biotechnology for energy and fuels


 

Development of production organisms

We 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.

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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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​​​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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​​​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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Infrastructure & Business Development

 

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​​​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:

 

 

Fresh thinking

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.

Let’s talk

We invite you to meet with us so that we can gain a better understanding of the most important challenges you are facing and how we can help you to solve them.

CONTACT US
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CUSTOMER SERVICE
Emailinfo@vtt.fi
Tel.+358 20 722 7070
Opening hours Mon - Fri 9:00 - 11:00 and 12:00 - 15:00,
UTC +3 time zone
Closed 24-28 July, 2017

CONTACT US

P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Finland
Tel. exchange +358 20 722 111
Opening hours Mon - Fri 8:00 - 16:30,
UTC +3 time zone

CUSTOMER SERVICE

info@vtt.fi
Tel. +358 20 722 7070
Opening hours Mon - Fri 9:00 - 11:00 and 12:00 - 15:00,
UTC +3 time zone
Closed 24-28 July, 2017