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World’s first BioDME renewable motor fuels plant inaugurated in Sweden

Pressmeddelande   •   Sep 09, 2010 10:53 CEST

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On Thursday September 9 the world’s first plant for production of the renewable motor fuel BioDME was inaugurated. “A major step forward for the global biofuels market”, said Kyriakos Maniatis of the European Commission. The plant is built and operated by Chemrec, a Swedish-based technology company, at the company’s development plant located at the Smurfit Kappa paper mill in Piteå, Sweden.

The potential is significant. In Sweden up to one half of all heavy road transportation could be run on BioDME and globally well over 30 million m3 diesel equivalents per year could be produced from the available black liquor feedstock, enough to fuel one million heavy trucks.

BioDME from forest residues over the Chemrec process reduces net greenhouse gas emissions with about 95% compared to use of petroleum-based diesel oil, the traditional fuel for heavy road transports. It also provides excellent engine performance and vehicle drivability.

A major step forward for the global biofuel market

Kyriakos Maniatis, Energy Technologies & Research Co-ordination at DG Energy of the European Commission said: “An important milestone was achieved today bringing BioDME closer to commercial deployment not only for the EU but for the global biofuel market. This is also a major step forward for the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan since a unique bioenergy value chain closely linking the Pulp and Paper industry and bioenergy has been fully deployed for the first time.”

This pilot plant is part of the BioDME project where the production of BioDME and its use in heavy trucks is demonstrated. The syngas generation for the plant is based on Chemrecs black liquor gasification technology. The BioDME synthesis and upgrading technology is provided by Haldor Topsøe A/S. Other important components of the project are the distribution system and the vehicle test fleet.

An industrial scale plant soon a reality

“Since the ground-breaking ceremony for the BioDME plant a year ago we have made considerable progress. In addition to the building of the BioDME plant and getting the Volvo Truck test fleet into operation also the process towards building an industrial scale plant at the Domsjö specialty cellulose mill in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, has advanced”, said Max Jönsson, Chemrec CEO. “For the Domsjö project main technology providers have now been selected and we are ready to start the Front-End Engineering and Design phase.”

“The significant investment made in this pilot facility will not only demonstrate the production of BioDME but will also provide an opportunity to further develop our already well-proven methanol and DME production processes. This will open even more efficient routes to green fuels and chemicals”, said Jens Perregaard, General Manager, Technology Division at Haldor Topsøe.

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For more information please contact Chemrec AB:

Jonas Rudberg, COO, Ph. +46 70 662 35 71 or e-mail

Patrik Lownertz, VP Sales and Marketing, Ph. +46 70 662 35 71 or e-mail

About the BioDME Project Consortium:

Chemrec AB is a provider of unique gasification technology and developer of projects for the pulp & paper industry.

Haldor Topsoe is a world leader in catalyst and synthesis technology for the petrochemical and other industries.

Volvo Truck is the second largest producer of heavy trucks and transport solutions within the global truck industry. Within the project Volvo develops vehicle technology for DME fuel and produces a field test fleet consisting of ten vehicles.

Preem is the leading Swedish oil refining and marketing company and is responsible for DME distribution and filling stations.

Total, the French oil, gas and  petrochemicals giant, is with the project developing global fuel specifications and lubricants for DME.

Delphi is a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive, commercial vehicle and other market segments. In the project Delphi is providing the fuel injection systems for the Volvo DME trucks.

ETC is a local research and development centre for energy technologies with focus on combustion, gasification and biorefining processes. In the project ETC is providing analysis services.

The BioDME project is partly financed by the Swedish Energy Agency and the EU 7th Framework Programme. For information about the BioDME project see