Intense research is going on in many countries to use biomass more effectively, with terms such as bioeconomy and biorefinery becoming more well known every day. One example is to use the chemical building blocks contained in wood- or agro-residuals as the basic raw chemicals for the plastic industry, replacing oil-based chemicals.
The 'Biorefining / value adding to waste' is one of the streams in Beyond Circularity, Valmet's ambitious R&D program and ecosystem. The target of this stream is to develop technologies for turning biomaterials and waste into valuable products and replacing fossil-based raw materials.
Meliora Bio AsP of Denmark has now successfully restarted the former Inbicon plant in Kalundborg that had been idle since 2014. The completely modernized facility is now making advanced, second-generation bioethanol, innovative food ingredients and lignin products.
ORLEN Południe S.A., Poland’s leading biofuels and biocomponents manufacturer, is investing in the production of second-generation bioethanol in Poland. Valmet is delivering a comprehensive biomass pretreatment, energy and automation solution for the project
With increased demands for efficiency, sustainability and a skilled workforce, how will the industrial processes be operated going forward? We explore the trends and industry 4.0 evolution that will shape the future of process control for the years to come.
A cooperation has been initiated between Valmet, Hera Group and Ayrion for the Life Steam project, which is an EU-financed project within the Life programme. This is a joint effort and Valmet will in the beginning of 2023 deliver a pretreatment BioTrac demonstration plant, with a capacity of 23 tons a day of dry material to the Hera plant near Bologna, Italy.
Oulun Energia intends to achieve carbon neutrality in its energy production by 2035, simultaneously boosting the circular economy. Its new Laanila biopower plant in Oulu, Finland, features maximum fuel flexibility and high utilization of various side streams.
Pulping and biorefinery companies can benefit from utilizing Valmet’s piloting capabilities, ranging from comprehensive laboratory-scale to industrial-scale trials, to test new raw materials or pulping and biomass pretreatment processes, for example.
Pretreatment is one of the most critical and challenging areas in the cellulosic ethanol production process. Valmet's BioTrac system, part of the front end in a biorefinery and used for prehydrolysis, contributes to both the quality and quantity of the ethanol produced.