Fuel-etanol from Nordic Wood

Kontakt: Kai Toven

New, innovative pretreatment of Nordic wood for cost-effective fuel-ethanol production

The main objective of this project is to develop pretreatment techniques that will reduce the overall production costs for fuel-ethanol from Nordic lignocellulosic biomass. A second objective is to quantify the possibilities to reduce investment and operating costs by co-locating and integrating the ethanol plant with existing industry infrastructure (e.g. pulp mill, oil refinery). A third objective is to join Nordic research resources in the liquid biofuels area.


The project addresses the following technical issues:

  • Fundamental understanding of the chemical/physical changes that occurs during wood pretreatment.
  • Develop predictive pretreatment models.
  • Handling of process liquors and by-products.

The project is carried out as an integrated type project under Nordic Energy Research.


R&D partners:


Paper and Fibre Research Institute (PFI), INNVENTIA AB, Sweden, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Matis ohf Prokaria, Iceland, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland