Finnish BioRefine - new biomass products programme

RD&D on biofuels and biorefineries in Finland

Erja Ämmälahti, Tuula Mäkinen

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Abstract

The BioRefine - New Biomass Products Programme of Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Tech-nology and Innovation, for 2007-2012 has aimed to generate new and unique expertise in pro-cessing of biomass and to apply it to the creation of processes, products and services related to biorefineries. A further objective has been to promote the development and use of second-generation production technologies in biofuels for transport. A broad Finnish effort to develop new biorefining competencies and technologies has been co-ordinated under the umbrella of the BioRefine programme. The BioRefine programme together with the FuBio programmes of Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC Ltd (former Forestcluster Ltd) and the special pilot and demo funding of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy has formed an extensive network of national and international collaboration. This entity has harnessed an exten-sive network of national research institutes, universities and enterprises. The total volume of the projects funded by Tekes in the BioRefine programme has already reached 285 million. The projects of the programme cover a spectrum of products - biofuels, chemicals, materials - utilising biomass in a variety of forms. One of the main focus areas has been forest-based biorefineries. In addition to forest-based raw materials also opportunities of agro biomass, waste fractions and new biomass sources, like algae and microbes, have been worked with. The research, development and demonstration of production technologies of biofuels has had a large role, e.g. technologies for producing biofuels for transport via the synthesis-gas route and the fermentation route and new liquid biofuel concepts based on integrating a fluidized-bed boiler and fast pyrolysis have been developed and demonstrated. Also the use of biofuels has been demonstrated, e.g. in the field tests with a bus fleet in the Helsinki Metropolitan area. Also opportunities of algae production and utilization in biofuel and bioenergy production have been studied. Green-house gas and other environmental impacts of production and use of biofuels have been assessed. Several novel routes to produce materials and chemicals from biomass have been developed. Projects of the programme have focused e.g. on new fractionation methods of biomass, cost-effective methods to produce sugars from biomass, production of biopolymer foams, and methods to modify lignin into materials applicable for composites, coating adhesives and barriers. The pro-gramme has also been a platform for small and medium-sized companies to carry out development projects together with research institutes and universities. The programme has facilitated innovations on the bioeconomy, and hence it has intensively paved the way for bioeconomy in Finland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNWBC 2012
Subtitle of host publicationThe 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference
EditorsKlaus Niemelä
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Pages118
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7881-8
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-7880-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference, NWBC 2012 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 23 Oct 201225 Oct 2012
https://www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/technology/2012/T53.pdf (Full proceedings)

Publication series

NameVTT Technology
PublisherVTT
Number53
ISSN (Print)2242-1211
ISSN (Electronic)2242-122X

Conference

Conference4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference, NWBC 2012
Abbreviated titleNWBC 2012
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period23/10/1225/10/12
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biomass
innovation
alga
product
programme
bioenergy
foam
development project
research and development
pyrolysis
lignin
metropolitan area
fermentation
coating
sugar
greenhouse gas
environmental impact
fractionation
liquid

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Ämmälahti, E., & Mäkinen, T. (2012). Finnish BioRefine - new biomass products programme: RD&D on biofuels and biorefineries in Finland. In K. Niemelä (Ed.), NWBC 2012: The 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (pp. 118). Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Technology, No. 53
Ämmälahti, Erja ; Mäkinen, Tuula. / Finnish BioRefine - new biomass products programme : RD&D on biofuels and biorefineries in Finland. NWBC 2012: The 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference. editor / Klaus Niemelä. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2012. pp. 118 (VTT Technology; No. 53).
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Ämmälahti, E & Mäkinen, T 2012, Finnish BioRefine - new biomass products programme: RD&D on biofuels and biorefineries in Finland. in K Niemelä (ed.), NWBC 2012: The 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, VTT Technology, no. 53, pp. 118, 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference, NWBC 2012, Helsinki, Finland, 23/10/12.

Finnish BioRefine - new biomass products programme : RD&D on biofuels and biorefineries in Finland. / Ämmälahti, Erja; Mäkinen, Tuula.

NWBC 2012: The 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference. ed. / Klaus Niemelä. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2012. p. 118 (VTT Technology; No. 53).

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Ämmälahti E, Mäkinen T. Finnish BioRefine - new biomass products programme: RD&D on biofuels and biorefineries in Finland. In Niemelä K, editor, NWBC 2012: The 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference. Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. 2012. p. 118. (VTT Technology; No. 53).