Abstract

VTT has envisioned the next generation of the forest-based value chain, where multiproduct biorefineries will have a central role. The digitally assisted business ecosystems between industries will develop value-added cellulose products and revolutionise bio-based material markets. In the future, forest-based value chains will exploit the most out of cellulose and make it available for novel value-added applications. The chemical processes forseparating cellulose fibres from wood will develop further, and novel technologies for dissolving pulp will emerge. A rich ecosystem of new products from cellulose raw material will be brought to life with networked, design-driven approaches, and a value-adding consumer market will emerge. The adoption of digital technologies will speed-up these developments and disrupt the whole value chain from forest through pulp processing to novel products and consumer experiences. Digital transformation necessitates efficient data and information management and processing in a cloud of clouds, where information about resources, products, productions, logistics and consumers can be merged.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages43
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8701-8
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-8700-1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesVTT Visions
Number14
ISSN2242-1157

Keywords

  • cellulose
  • biorefinery
  • digitalisation
  • forest-based value chain
  • fractionation
  • mini-mill
  • refinery
  • small-scale biorefinery

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