Matti Virkkunen

Matti Virkkunen

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Matti Virkkunen





Current position: SENIOR Scientist, Project Manager 2019à


 VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Koivurannantie 1 40101 Jyväskylä

+358 40 5451743

Sex Male | Date of birth 12/04/1981 | Nationality Finnish


Matti Virkkunen (M. Sc. Agr&For) works as Senior Scientist in the  Renewable Energy Processes team with 15 years of working experience on research in the field of bioenergy with a focus on forest and agro biomass supply technology, quality management, business development and techno-economy analyses. His expertise covers forestry, biomass harvesting and transport technology, biomass fuel quality management and related business models of biomass fuel supply systems. Mr. Virkkunen is experienced both in national and international projects and he has wide international and national contact network. Virkkunen’s previous and current projects include biomass supply availability and procurement cost analyses for heat and power in Chile, India, Canada, Central and Eastern Europe and in Scandinavia and feedstock supply analyses for biorefineries and located in Finland and Canada.


Matti Virkkunen holds an IPMA-C project manager certificate.






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CURRENT                   Senior Scientist, Project Manager VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

2007          2019         Research Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

2006                                 2007                                 Research trainee at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

2005                                 2006                                 Thesis worker at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland








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M.Sc. Agriculture and Forestry



M.Sc. (Agr.&For.) University of Eastern Finland (2006)

B.Sc. (Agr.&For.) University Of eastern Finland (2006)






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Mr Virkkunen has project management experience and leadership skills gained from a period of over 10 years in from several domestic and international projects. Mr Virkkunen holds an IPM-C certificate in project management.



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Virkkunen, M., Mikkonen, H., Heiskanen, V-P., Lappalainen, M., Sokka, L. and Räikkönen, M (VTT). Sulamaa, P. (SLC).  Matveev, Y., Kucheruk, P., Oleynik, Y., Zheliezna, T., Pastukh, A., and Geletukha, G. (SEC Biomass). Development for Opportunities for Utilisation of Biomass Residues in the Renewable Sector of Ukraine. FI05/07/2019. NEFCO – Nordic Environment Financing Corporation.


Virkkunen, M. and Raitila J. Forest fuel supply through the terminal network in Finland and Sweden. Conference: 24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. 6-9 June, 2016 Amsterdam. The Netherlands


Virkkunen M, Kari M, Hankalin V, Nummelin J. 2015. Solid biomass fuel terminal concepts and a cost analysis of a satellite terminal concept. VTT Technology 211. Espoo: VTT Technical research centre of Finland


Virkkunen, M., Raitila, J. & Korpinen O-J. 2015: Cost analysis of a satellite terminal for forest fuel supply in Finland, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, DOI: 10.1080/02827581.2015.1082617 To link to this article:


Asztemborski,B., Caba, O., Duca, M., Ikonen,T., Ilavský,J., Jahkonen,M., Kristöfel,C., Laitila,J., Loht-Babut, K., Milandru, A., Otepka, P., Pasanen,K., Poikonen, P., Raitila,J., Strasser, C., Virkkunen, M. & Wnuk, R. 2014. Guidebook on local bioenergy supply based on woody biomass. Training material by Be2020+, Metla and VTT. Scientific & academic publishing, Rosemead, USA. 146 p. (on book cover only Pavol Otepka) isbn 978-1-938681-98-1 isbn 978-1-938681-99-8


Raitila, Jyrki; Virkkunen, Matti; Kuusinen, M.; Ridley, R. Journal of Energy and Power Engineering. David Publishing (2014) No: 8, 1575 – 1582. Private forest owners play key role in European forest derived fuel utilization.

Martin Junginger, M., Van Dam, J., Alakangas, E., Virkkunen, M., Vesterinen, P. and Veijonen, K. 2010. Solutions to overcome barriers in bioenergy markets in Europe - D2.2; Resource, use and market analysis. Available from: Resources, use and market analysis – VTT-R-01700-10


Laitila, J., Leinonen, A., Flyktman, M., Virkkunen, M. & Asikainen A. Metsähakkeen hankinta- ja toimituslogistiikan haasteet ja kehittämistarpeet. Espoo 2010. VTT tiedotteita – research notes 2564. 143 s.


Alakangas, E. and Virkkunen M. 2009. Forest fuel chains in Europe. 17th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition, From Research to Industry and Markets. Hamburg, 29 June - 3 July 2009


Alakangas, E & Virkkunen, M. 2007. Biomass fuel supply chains for solid biofuels from small to large scale. Eubionet-project. Link to publication:



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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