Flagship Biorefine lgThe project "Flagship Biorefinery" has been carried out in order to investigate the prerequisites to realise a new, full scale biorefinery based on sustainable wood raw material from Swedish forests. Processum has been in charge of the project which has been supported by 13 companies representing a complete value chain from forest owners, forest industry to chemical industry as well as other stakeholders.

The consultants Pöyry have performed the assignment to carry out a feasibility study which has been presented to the project steering group. The steering group has found the results of the feasibility study very interesting. The results show e.g. that an investment in the proposed biorefinery can be profitable and provide positive contributions to a future bioeconomy.

"The report shows that the prerequisite for the project is good, which of course is very attractive even if many important issues must be resolved before the project can be realised. We sincerely believe that Flagship Biorefinery will be an important part of the future bioeconomy that so many are talking about," says Lars Winter, Vice Chairman Processum and MD Domsjö Fabriker.

"We experience a strong trend and political commitment for the transition from a fossil economy to a bioeconomy," says Jonas Joelsson, Research Manager Processum and project leader for Flagship Biorefinery. "The concept we have studied could become a part of this transition, and is well aligned with the priorities of the Swedish Government".

"The results presented by Pöyry suggest good prerequisites for a plant of this type," Jonas Joelsson continues. "However, one needs to be aware that the realisation of such a plant is a long process. The feasibility study was the first step, giving the basis for a decision to invest. It will be very interesting to follow the further development of this project in the future."

The next step is to appoint a project organisation with the special task to investigate how to safeguard sufficient supply of feedstock and how to finance the investment. It is estimated that this investigation will take up to three years and will be the basis for a decision whether to invest or not. A possible decision to go ahead with the project means that the start-up of this large scale biorefinery will take place 2023 at the earliest, provided that decision on location is taken and that environmental permits are granted.

For more information, please contact:

Jonas Joelsson, Research Manager Processum,

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Sylfeed 1 250RISE Processum participates in the BBI project SYLFEED. The Arbiom-led consortium has received €11.7M funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) to demonstrate the production of sustainable feed for aquaculture from forestry material. The SYLFEED project brings together key industry and research players to assemble the new "wood to food" value chain: Arbiom, Laxa, Matis, Norske Skog Golbey, Østfoldforskning, Prayon, Processum and Skretting.

The €11.7M EU in funding from the European Union BBI-JU will support the building of a demonstration plant that will be co-located with Norske Skog Golbey’s pulp and paper site in the east of France.

The project will effectively convert non-food biomass into feed ingredients by growing protein rich microorganisms on pre-processed woody biomass. Already demonstrated by the partners at pilot scale, the SYLFEED project will allow for the improvement of the overall process and its operation in a 5,000 tonnes/year capacity demonstration plant. The project brings together partners from five countries covering all of the key steps of the value chain:

· Biomass sourcing and industrial scale processing by Norske Skog Golbey.

· Biomass fractionation and conversion into microbial proteins by ARBIOM.

· Phosphoric acid processing and industrial scale-up by Prayon.

· Advanced expertise in microbial proteins production by Processum, a subsidiary to RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden.

· Fish feed formulation and trials by Iceland research institute Matis.

· Cradle-to-cradle lifecycle analysis by Norwegian firm, Østfoldforskning.

· Final validation of the product by aquaculture companies, Laxa and Skretting, global leaders in fish feed production.

Sylfeed 2 250"The SYLFEED project puts a new spin on the bio-economy: lignocellulose is not only a sustainable solution for the chemicals and fuels industries, but now also present us with a scalable and sustainable solution to the world’s growing food sourcing problems in general and Europe’s protein deficit in particular," said Marc Chevrel, CEO of Arbiom/Biométhodes. "The demonstration plant and complete coverage of the value chain will allow us to prove the viability of our approach at commercial scale."

"The SYLFEED project will be a big step towards commercialisation of the concept of production of Single cell protein from forest biomass," says Björn Alriksson, Head of Group Biotechnology, Processum. "We are looking forward to three tremendously exciting years of R&D work together with our partners."

The dates for the R&D council meetings 2018 have been set and will be 8 February, 29 May and 7 November. Therefore, last dates for delivering project proposals are:

  • 1 February
  • 22 May
  • 31 October

Albins exjobb 1 lgAlbin Nilsson's graduation project "Wet Granulation of Carbonated Bio Ash", performed at Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden, was awarded Lilla Polhemspriset 2017 by The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers. The prize sum is SEK 50,000. The master thesis was performed on behalf of RISE Processum, Sweden, with the aim of investigating whether wet granulation is a suitable method for increasing the granulate size of bio ash as well as whether a binder is needed in order to achieve adequate strength in granules before being used as forest fertilizer. Albin is Luleå University of Technology's first winner of this prestigious prize.

From the forest industry's solid fuel boilers as well as from municipal bio-power plants large quantities of ash contain valuable minerals, which can be used for forest fertilization. The ash can be used to upgrade biogas to vehicle gas by absorbing hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide from the biogas, which produces a carbonated ash. In order to practically return the carbonated ash to the forest, it is required that it is available as a granule of appropriate size.

"In my thesis I was able to show that wet granulation, with only minimal addition of bentonite, is an appropriate method for use to increase product size," says Albin Nilsson. "The leaching properties, which are important for the final ash product, were not affected by granulation, as solid calcium hydroxide bridges bind together granulate with only carbonated ash. These bonds quickly break up when in contact with water, which frees the ash particles from the granular structure."

Albins exjobb 2 lg"I am extremely honoured that my work was nominated by LTU for Lilla Polhemspriset and even more so that I was the one to receive this fine award in stiff competition with other well executed master theses. It was even more fun than expected to work on this master thesis and it got more and more interesting. I did the laboratory work at LTU. Part of my work was to develop a new method for evaluation of wet granulation as granulation method in laboratory scale, another part to build a working analysis equipment for measuring compression strength of the granulate."

"We congratulate Albin Nilsson on the excellent master thesis. The results are interesting and are an important part of our development to utilize the large amounts of ash generated in the forest industry and in bio-fired heat plants. As the ash first cleans biogas and then is turned into forest fertilizer it is of use twice", says Gunnar Westin, Business Developer at RISE Processum in Örnsköldsvik and supervisor for the master thesis.

The Lilla Polhemspriset is awarded annually by the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers for the best master thesis at the Master's degree program or equivalent in Sweden. The prize sum is SEK 50,000 and is awarded at the Polhem party on October 19th. The nominations are made by Sweden's higher education institutions that have the opportunity to nominate two theses each.

MOBILE FLIP, Mobile and Flexible Industrial Processing of Biomass, is a four-year EU project involving 12 organisations from Sweden, Finland, France, Greece and Estonia, including Processum. The aim is to develop and demonstrate mobile processes for the treatment of underexploited agro-based and forest-based biomass. The key processes being evaluated are pelletising, torrefaction, slow pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonisation and pre-treatment. The products would partially be used for fuel in various forms, replenishing soil nutrients, chemicals for the wood panel industry, as well as intermediates for sugar platforms.

"The objective for the project is to reduce transport costs for these processes, with the end product in many cases being used in the area where the mobile unit is located", says Emma Johansson, Processum. "In cases where the end user is somewhere else, processing the biomass on site can reduce transport volumes or the number of times you need to transport it. SP Processum is involved in the process for hydrothermal pre-treatment of biomass, as well as the purification and concentration of the resulting product".

The second newsletter from MOBILE FLIP has just been published and can be read and downloaded from the MOBILE FLIP website.

Participants at the Open Demonstration Workshop of Mobile and Flexible Industrial Processing of Biomass organised at SLU, Umeå, Sweden on the 16th of June 2016.

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