RISE PFIFocus areasBiorefining and Bioenergy

RISE PFI has in-depth experience of biorefinery technologies applying both thermochemical, chemical and biochemical conversion routes.

Our R&D activities within biorefining and bioenergy include energy densification of biomass, biomass conversion into solid and liquid biofuels, co-production of fibre materials and bio-chemicals, as well as new products derived from hemicelluloses, lignin and pyrolysis liquids.

Within thermochemical conversion, one research topic at RISE PFI is pyrolysis oil production using fast pyrolysis technologies. We have established a unique catalytic fast pyrolysis process development unit. Another research topic is production of biocarbon with tailored properties for different applications, including use as reductant for the metal industries, as soil improver and as activated biocarbon for filter and cleaning purposes.

As to chemical or biochemical conversion, RISE PFI has focus on developing new pretreatment technologies for efficient separation of hemicelluloses and lignin, as well as their conversion into high value-added products.

A unique pretreatment reactor system has been established at RISE PFI. This reactor system allows testing of solvent-based extraction of wood polymers at high temperatures for short retention times.

RISE PFI coordinates “NorBioLab: Norwegian Biorefinery Laboratory”, a national research infrastructure for Bioenergy and Biorefinery Research in Norway.


    New biobased epoxy compounds for high performance applications


    Sustainable production of microalgae and downstream processing to products and ingredients for food and feed


    Value creation from agrifood side streams within the circular bioeconomy


    Green Wax Inhibitors and Production Chemicals based on Lignin


    The Woodworks! Cluster


    The Norwegian Biorefinery Laboratory


    Production of ArbaCore pellets and feed protein from wood (ArbaFeed)


    Upgrading contaminated organic waste feedstocks by pyrolysis


    An economical and sustainable replacement of the current fish feed products


    Sustainable fish feed from Norwegian forest-based biomass


    Norwegian Centre for Sustainable Bio-based Fuels and Energy


    New technology for decentralized production of biocarbon for growth media products.

    Biobased chemicals

    Bark contains a variety of chemicals that protect the tree


    Coproduction of biocarbon reductant material and biogas transportation fuel


    Recycling of raw material from bio-based industry


    Biobased manganese ore sintering process

    Previous projects



    RISE PFI is part of RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden

    RISE PFI is and internationally acknowledged research institute within processes and products based on lignocellulose. RISE PFI´s focus areas are Fibre technology and fibre-based products, Biorefining and Bioenergy and Biopolymers and Biocomposites.



    • Høgskoleringen 6b
    • NO - 7491 Trondheim
    • firmapost@rise-pfi.no
    • +47 73 60 50 65