Choose from sophisticated thermal and biotechnical routes
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 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.
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 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
Over 90 % process
efficiencies are achievable in CHP production combining production of power
heat and cooling in thermal power plant. Superior system efficiency, cost
effective, resource efficient. With ever increasing fuel prices and tightening
environmetal regulations, high process efficiencies offer tangible assets for
thermal power plants ensuring high peak load operation and stable load demand.
Advances concepts for fuel characterisation, boiler design and boiler service and operation in both, pulverised coal (PC) and fluidised bed (FB) boilers are needed, to retain high operational hours and minimize unexpected downtime. With help of VTT you can minimise risks related to boiler investments and expansion of fuel mix.
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
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.
Waste to energy
Traditionally waste has been seen as a material to be disposed but today waste is seen as a valuable raw material of energy and valuable metals. New advanced technologies enable even more than 50 % higher waste to electricity efficiency and in addition to this, more profit can be earned by recovering valuable metals from residues of Waste-to-Energy plants. Simultaneously traditional landfilling is avoided and fossil CO2 emissions are reduced.
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.
Industrial biotechnology for energy and fuels
VTT offers comprehensive services for industrial biotechnology customers. Our offering ranges from enzyme development and high-throughput production host screening to evaluation in bioreactor systems all the way to process scale-up.
Our offering combines expertise in biological sciences and engineering with up-to-date research infrastructure. VTT offers process development and piloting, from biomass pretreatment to enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation and product purification, in addition to techno-economic evaluations.
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
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.
BIORUUKKI pilot centre
Bioruukki is our unique innovation and demonstration platform for bio- and circular economy businesses.
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.