Biomass processing and waste stream utilisation services
Bio-based alternatives to fossil materials are crucial to building a more sustainable future. Finding sustainable and commercially viable biomass processing solutions requires expertise and the right facilities. At VTT, we can help you develop and pilot your biomass processing solutions and take a step towards a greener future.
Take your biomass processing to the next level
Characterise and modify biomass
Develop sustainable alternatives to fossil-based materials
Scale up from laboratory experiments to production with tailored piloting
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Increase sustainability with biomass processing
As both regulation and consumer preferences begin to favour more sustainable choices, there is more need for biomass-based packaging solutions, barrier materials, textile fibres and coatings.
Industrial side streams are a good source for biomass processing. The valorisation of side and waste streams – for example, lignin, bark, straw, and textile waste – can also result in significant financial benefits as raw materials are utilised fully and efficiently. Utilising waste streams will also cut down on the CO2 emissions of production.
At VTT, we are experts in biomass fractionation processes and biomass processing technologies. Our facilities in Bioruukki are a perfect fit for biomass processing, and every piloting project is tailored to suit the needs of that specific solution.
What can biomass processing technology do?
Every biomass processing project is unique. Here are some questions we can help you with:
- What is the chemical composition of this raw material?
- How can we extract value from this fraction?
- How can we purify this fraction?
- Why is this biomaterial not performing as it should?
- How can this raw material be turned into a finished product?
- What is the most suitable pulping method for this material and this application?
- How should we bleach this material?
- How can we modify or optimise this process?
- How can we scale up cost-efficiently from laboratory results to production?
Don’t hesitate to contact us with other questions as well!
Collaboration for successful biomass processing solutions
We have researched and developed multiple ways of handling and processing biomass into valuable intermediates, like various pulp grades, fibres, fibrous and fibrillar particles, nanocellulose, and lignin fractions.
The methods of biomass processing range from mechanical to chemical to enzymatic. Different methods can also be combined for optimal results.
Whether you’re looking to optimise raw materials, end products or the entire production process, our experts can help you find the best biomass technology and solutions which can upscale your operations with suitable equipment.
We can also provide a life-cycle assessment of your product’s competitiveness and commercial viability.
The assessment evaluates your product’s properties and costs.
We also collaborate with other research institutions on EU-level projects. When you work with us, you reap the benefits of our international network of bio-based material researchers and experts.
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Experts at biomass processing
Meet our biomass processing and bioeconomy experts who are developing ground-breaking, sustainable solutions for our customers.
Case: Stora Enso – Brainstorming viable innovations with Impact Hacks
Two successful hackathons, Impact Hacks, produced innovative ideas for future development and helped deepen the collaboration between Stora Enso’s R&D team and VTT’s scientists. The ideas developed have true business potential and several ideas were later developed into projects.
"We wanted ideas that could have a groundbreaking impact in years to come." - Jenny Müller-Wahlman, Director of Group Innovation and R&D, Stora Enso