VTT’s pilot plants offer:
- Flexible multi-purpose facilities and skilled personnel,
- Development, concept validation and scale-up of new chemical processes and products,
- Custom manufacturing services.
In developing a new concept, it is a necessary step to run and iterate the process in real-life, keeping track of the techno-economic feasibility as well. Our flexible pilot environment offers a cost-efficient way to run trials without early investment into the client’s own capacity.
In 2012 Chemigate Oy started a new production plant for bio-based paper chemicals. VTT was centrally involved in the scale-up through process recipe test runs at our pilot plant. Seppo Lamminmäki, the CEO of Chemigate Oy, remarked that co-operation had been excellent, and drew particular attention to VTT’s flexibility and the possibility of combining skilled research and scale-up at the pilot plant.
VTT is producing electrically conductive speciality polymers in alliance with DuPont. This is a fine example of a high technology custom manufacturing relationship benefiting both parties.
Experts and scale-up tools at your service
Our skilled personnel, experience and the flexible pilot facilities serve as an agile scale-up platform for many types of process and products. Our pilot can be used if empirical production data is required for the design or commercialisation of a new process or product, or if you need manufacturing services for special products or premarketing purposes.
VTT can also provide experts and other R&D services in chemistry, analytics and techno-economic feasibility studies. We can help in finding sources of R&D funding.
We have special competence and experience in the scale-up of novel bio-based chemicals and materials.
Multi-purpose pilot plant for chemical technologies
VTT’s chemical pilots have a unique combination of relatively large multi-purpose pilot-scale reactors integrated to versatile downstream processing units.
Our key equipment is:
- Relatively large multi-purpose pressure reactors, up to 2 m3 and 50 bar
- High consistency and dry processing tools, Lödige dryers/reactors 5–600 dm3
- Versatile pilot-scale separation units
- Ex-classified equipment and pilot halls
Experts and research infrastructures at VTT and our network can be utilised. Chemical pilots are part of the Bioeconomy Infra – a joint research infrastructure of VTT and Aalto University.
We serve customers from large international corporates to local SMEs from many industry sectors, e.g. chemicals, biotechnology, forest, food and feed, and advanced materials.