Scania launches stronger ethanol engine – easier for fleet operators to go green

Press Releases   •   Oct 02, 2018 01:30 EDT

Truck manufacturer Scania, is now launching a new 13-litre ethanol engine for the next generation of trucks. Swedish biofuels company SEKAB, expects the engine to increase demand for bioethanol ED95, making it easier for fleet operators to lower their carbon emissions.

EU biofuels effort kicks off in Örnsköldsvik

Press Releases   •   Jun 28, 2018 01:52 EDT

Representatives from eleven European companies and universities gathered yesterday in the Swedish town of Örnsköldsvik, to kick-start the EU-funded project Rewofuel. The long-term aim is to lay the groundwork for many new biorefineries across Europe, using wood residues from the forest industry to produce biofuels.

SEKAB receives major EU funding to demonstrate the production of isobutene-derived gasoline and jetfuel from wood

Press Releases   •   May 22, 2018 04:19 EDT

European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB E-Technology AB. Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together SEKAB E-Technology, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, PEAB, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, IPSB, TechnipFMC and Linz University. Aim at converting softwood residues into isobutene derivatives for use in gasoline and jetfuel.

SEKABtoday announces the signature of a grant agreement aiming at demonstrating a new value chain to convert currently poorly valorised wood residues into second generation renewable gasoline, jetfuel and valuable co-products. The value chain combines Global Bioenergies’ Isobutene process with SEKAB’s CelluAPP® and Neste Engineering Solutions, NExETHERS and NExOCTANE technologies. SEKAB will deconstruct residual wood into sugar, lignin and perform subsequent valorisation. This intense, 36 months cooperation starts on June 1st 2018.

Biomass is frequently considered as an alternative feedstock to fossil oil to address the issues of climate change and resources depletion as well as energy independence of European nations. However, such substitution is far from trivial and innovative processes are needed to efficiently convert residual biomass into drop-in intermediates and end products.

The present project, gathering renowned industrialists from various fields, aims at developing new value chains from low value renewable feedstocks towards bio-isobutene and eventually to advanced biofuels and valuable coproducts such as bitumen and animal feed. By adopting world class technologies and by creating new partnerships, the project will set the foundations of a first-of-a-kind biorefinery converting residual wood to high performances drop-in renewable gasoline and jetfuel.

With an estimated forestry residues potential of about 145Mt/year, the European Union has the potential to support the deployment of hundreds of such biorefineries without the need to access virgin raw material.

The 11 project partners arising from 8 EU-member States have signed an agreement with the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) which manages the Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy societal challenge of the Horizon 2020 program. The objective is to demonstrate the new value chain by combining the technologies and know-how of participants as follows:

  • Residual wood supply by Graanul Invest (Estonia)
  • Wood conversion to hydrolysates by Sekab, using its CelluAPP® technology (Sweden),
  • Hydrolysates fermentation to bio-isobutene by Global Bioenergies (France and Germany),
  • Bio-isobutene conversion to fuel components by Neste Engineering Solutions (Finland),
  • Preliminary engineering of a wood-to-isobutene plant and overall integration with a fuel conversion unit by echnipFMC and IPSB (France),
  • Evaluation of Gasoline applications by Repsol (Spain)
  • Evaluation of Jetfuel application by Sky NRG (Netherlands)
  • Valorisation of the lignin side stream by PEAB (Sweden)
  • Valorisation of the dried killed residual biomass by Ajinomoto Eurolysine (France), and
  • Assessment of the sustainability and environmental benefits by the Energy Institute at the University of Linz (Austria).

INEA’s mission is to support the Commission, project promoters and stakeholders by providing expertise and high quality of program management to infrastructure, research and innovation projects in the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications, and to promote synergies between these activities, to benefit economic growth and EU citizens.

The project was selected under the name REWOFUEL (N°792104), in the frame of the European HORIZON 2020 programme for research and innovation, following a very selective and competitive process led by independent experts.

The programme covers a total budget of €19.7 million. Non-refundable grants totalling €13.9 million will be provided by the EU, with the remainder being contributed by the participants. SEKAB will receive funding amounting to €4.2 million for fractionation of residual wood into sugars, lignin and subsequent valorisation at the BDP (Biorefinery Demo Plant) in Ornskoldsvik and together with partners at their facilities.

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Monica Normark, Project Manager Rewofuel, SEKAB E-Technology, +46 70-230 14 86, monica.normark@sekab.com

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SEKAB is a Swedish Clean Technology Company. We develop Technology for new product options based on cellulose raw materials and make the technology available through licensing.

Society is facing a huge challenge in replacing old energy sources with new ones. SEKAB seeks to play its part in the transition to a future with a reduced demand for fossil fuels and raw materials. We will achieve this through the ethanol we produce and import, turning it into biofuels in various forms and green chemicals.

European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB. Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together SEKAB E-Technology, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, PEAB, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, IPSB, TechnipFMC and Linz University. Aim at converting softwood residues into isobutene derivatives for use in gasoline and jetfuel.

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The ValChem project now starts to deliver sugar

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2017 03:39 EST

The ValChem project, in which chemical and technology company SEKAB participates as one of four players, has now delivered the first larger quantities of sugar solution. The project develops and demonstrates how green chemical products can be produced using raw material from the forest.

Tomas Nilsson new CEO of SEKAB

Press Releases   •   Nov 03, 2015 08:36 EST

Tomas Nilsson had been appointed new CEO and President of chemical company SEKAB. His previous position was that of Production Manager at SCA Obbola AB.

UPM and SEKAB in cooperation for forestry-based chemicals

Press Releases   •   Jun 25, 2015 08:20 EDT

Bio- and forest industry company UPM is starting a major project aimed at demonstrating processes for the production of green chemical products using forest raw materials. SEKAB, the Swedish chemicals company, is participating contributing its technology to convert forest product residues into sugars and lignin. The EU is investing EUR 13 million in the project.

- It's fantastic that UPM is taking this initiative to create bio-based chemical products from a raw material that we have an abundance of in northern Europe, namely forests. We are proud to contribute to a project that could reduce oil dependency and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable society, says Thore Lindgren, Executive Vice President of SEKAB E-Technology.

The project is known as ValChem and it brings together expertise from companies in the forestry, chemicals and biotechnology industries. The aim is to demonstrate processes using by-products from our forests as the raw materials to produce chemical products contained in paints, coatings and personal-care items. The project lays the foundation for the full-scale production of bio-based products.

SEKAB's role in the project is to develop and demonstrate its technology, CelluApp®, which extracts the sugars and lignin from biomass such as wood and straw. The technology has been used previously to extract sugar for ethanol production. In the Valchem project the sugar will instead be converted into mono propylene glycol (MPG), which is a platform chemical for many chemical products. Lignin can be used to produce for example, glue and bio-plastics. The CelluApp® technology will be demonstrated in the Bio-refinery Demo Plant in Örnsköldsvik. All wood products used are sustainably produced and certified by PEFC and FSC.

- The ValChem project will play a significant role in the continued development and commercialisation of CelluApp® and we are delighted that UPM has chosen to work with us to develop new value chains for bio-based chemical products, says Thore Lindgren, Executive Vice President of SEKAB E-Technology.

The project will run for four years with a budget of about EUR 18.5 million, of which EUR 13 million comes from EU funding. SEKAB's share of the agreement amounts to EUR 6 million .

- The ValChem project has great potential to become an alternative value chain to the oil-based one and to create new uses of European forestry resources. All parts of the process - the extraction of sugar from wood, the conversion to bio-MPG and the production of lignin-based chemicals - are well developed and are all leading edge, says Dirk Carrez, Executive Director of Bio-Based Industries Consortium in which UPM is included.

Four parties from four different countries are participating in Valchem. The major partner and project coordinator is Finnish UPM-Kymmene. The other parties are Swedish SEKAB, French Metabolic Explorer and German Technische Universität Darmstadt. Read more about the project and the various parties in UPM’s press release.

For more information:
Thore Lindgren, Executive Vice President, SEKAB E-Technology, 070-206 07 72, thore.lindgren@sekab.com

Kristina Nilsson, Communications, SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals,
Kristina Nilsson, Head of Communications, SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals, 070-274 99 01, kristina.nilsson@sekab.com

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Society is facing a huge challenge in replacing old energy sources with new ones. SEKAB seeks to play its part in the transition to a future with a reduced demand for fossil fuels and raw materials. We will achieve this through the ethanol we produce and import, turning it into biofuels in various forms and green chemicals.

Bio- and forest industry company UPM is starting a major project aimed at demonstrating processes for the production of green chemical products using forest raw materials. SEKAB, the Swedish chemicals company, is participating contributing its technology to convert forest product residues into sugars and lignin. The EU is investing EUR 13 million in the project.

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UPM’s ValChem project receives significant EU funding to demonstrate wood to chemicals value chain

Press Releases   •   Jun 11, 2015 11:00 EDT

(UPM, Helsinki, 11 June 2015, 10:00 EET) – UPM’s ValChem project has received EUR 13.1 million funding from the European Union. The project will be done in cooperation with Sekab, METabolic EXplorer and Technische Universität Darmstadt. The total budget of the project is around EUR 18.5 million.

ValChem (Value added chemical building blocks and lignin from wood) is an ambitious project combining the competences of forest, chemical and bio-technology industries to realise a sustainable and innovative integrated process from wood to end products. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of an integrated biochemicals process covering the whole value chain from wood raw material to a selected platform chemical and lignin based performance chemicals.

“The ValChem project has a great potential to become another alternative value chain for utilising the European forest resources. Each part of the process – wood-to-sugars for chemical production, production of bio-MPG (mono propylene glycol) from sugars, and production of lignin based performance chemicals – show progress well beyond the state-of-art”, says Dirk Carrez,Executive Director of Bio-based Industries Consortium.

ValChem utilises the existing demonstration plants of the project partners to produce wood-based chemicals that are competitive with fossil alternatives in terms of quality and production costs. The wood raw material will be used as efficiently as possible and only sustainably sourced PEFC and FSC certified wood will be used.

SEKAB’s CelluAPP® technology for wood to sugars and to crude lignin conversion process has been verified in demonstration scale for ethanol production, but in this project it will be combined with METabolic EXplorer’s sugar to MPG process. The largest markets for MPG are unsaturated polyester resins, paints and coatings, industrial use and personal care. High value added lignin applications will be developed jointly by UPM and Technische Universität Darmstadt. Their end-uses are for example in the field of lignin-based reactive resins and composites.

The ValChem project is part of the BBI Joint Undertaking: a new EUR 3.7 billion partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) aiming at increasing investment in the development of a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe. UPM is one of the founding members of BIC.

For further information, please contact:

Juuso Konttinen,Vice President, UPM Biochemicals, Tel. +358 (0)40 531 7405, juuso.konttinen@upm.com

Thore Lindgren. Executive Vice President, Head of BioRefinery Technology Business Area, Sekab, Tel.+46 (0)660 751 86, thore.lindgren@sekab.com

Manuela Falempin, Business Development Manager, METabolic EXplorer, Tel. +33 (0)473 334 300, mfalempin@metabolic-explorer.com

Prof. Dr. Markus Biesalski, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Tel. +49 (0) 615 116 751 40, biesalski@tu-darmstadt.de


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UPM leads the reformation of the bio and forest industries. We are building a sustainable future in six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve a global base of customers. We employ approximately 20,000 people and our annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com

Sekab

SEKAB is one of Europe’s leading producers of ethanol. We produce and distribute bioethanol fuel and green chemical products. We are further dedicated to developing the next generation of cellulose-based ethanol processing. SEKAB is currently conducting a long-term industrial initiative in second generation ethanol, in order to develop an industrial structure for delivering expertise and equipment for the production of cellulose-based ethanol. http://www.sekab.com/

METabolic EXplorer

METabolic EXplorer is a pioneer in biological chemistry and aims to become an innovation leader in the bioeconomy. METabolic EXplorer provides competitive bio based industrial solutions to make chemicals from renewable feedstock, thus creating value for its partners and stakeholders. METabolic EXplorer, based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, is listed on NYSE Euronext in Paris (Compartment C, METEX) and is part of the CAC Small index and EnterNext Tech40 label. www.metabolic-explorer.com

Technische Universität Darmstadt

The Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt is one of Germany’s leading technical universities. Its around 300 professors, 4,230 scientific and administrative employees and around 26,000 students devote their talents and best efforts to the significant future research fields energy, mobility, communications and information technologies, housing and living conditions. www.tu-darmstadt.de

BBI

BBI stands for Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking. It is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).BIC, the industrial partner in the PPP, hosts a unique mix of sectors including agriculture, agro-food, technology providers, forest-based sector, chemicals and energy. It is an association that was specifically established in 2012 to collectively represent the private sector in the BBI. To date, BIC has 70 full industrial members (large, SMEs, clusters) and over 100 associate members (RTOs, universities, associations, technology platforms). http://bbi-europe.eu/

Society is facing a huge challenge in replacing old energy sources with new ones. SEKAB seeks to play its part in the transition to a future with a reduced demand for fossil fuels and raw materials. We will achieve this through the ethanol we produce and import, turning it into biofuels in various forms and green chemicals.

ValChem (Value added chemical building blocks and lignin from wood) is an ambitious project combining the competences of forest, chemical and bio-technology industries to realise a sustainable and innovative integrated process from wood to end products.

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Locally grown plastics – is it possible?

Press Releases   •   Jun 24, 2014 04:38 EDT

Locally grown plastics is a newly established, unique partnership that includes the entire manufacturing chain for bio- based plastics – from the forest industry to packaging producers. The project is cooperation between SEKAB, Sveaskog, Holmen, Södra, Borealis, Trioplast, Tetra Pak and SP Processum. SP Processum is the main project sponsor for this partnership.

Most of the plastics are today made from oil. In order to manage the transition to a sustainable society, we need to explore the possibilities for producing plastics from alternative raw materials, like biomass. The project locally grown plastics examine the feasibility of building a European industry, where the forestry biomass is collected and converted into bio-based plastic products, such as supermarket carrier bags or caps for Tetra Pak’s milk cartons. The majority of bio-based plastics are produced in Brazil, but no production of bio-polyethylene with forest origin exists today in the world.

”Locally grown plastics are an important step in the transition to a bio-based economy. The project can help to realize the potential of the bio-based industry” says Ylwa Alwarsdotter, Executive Vice President Market Development at SEKAB.

The project will identify and evaluate the conditions from a holistic perspective, where sustainability and economic aspects go hand in hand. The initiative puts together a value chain of Swedish companies starting from forest owners, pulp and paper producers, chemical industry and the converters producing the plastic packaging material.. The project will create a transfer of knowledge, where the company's skills within technology and business will help to examine a value chain with the bi-products from the forest as raw materials.

"There is a great interest in using biomass for chemicals and ethanol production in Southeast Asia, China and America mostly focusing on agriculture residues, so this is why it’s very interesting to now evaluate a value chain with forestry based biomass," says Thore Lindgren, Executive Vice President of SEKAB E-Technology AB.

Locally grown plastics use already existing potential and create viable business solutions. The overall goal of the project is to evaluate the possibility of realizing a value chain from forest-based biomass to polyethylene. This includes:

• Identifying technical challenges for implementing the value chain

• Identifying the business models that provide the best conditions for realizing the value chain

• Developing and describing technical, economic and market conditions in detail, in order to be able to decide upon a continued realization of the value chain.


PARTNERS

SEKAB is one of Europe’s leading ethanol players and their mission is to contribute to a future where the demand for fossil fuels and raw material is reduced. They produce and import ethanol which they refine to both biofuels and green chemicals. SEKAB E-Technology has developed a technology called CelluAPP® for conversion of ligno-cellulosic biomass to products such as ethanol, sugars, lignin and biogas.


SP Processum AB started in 2003 and has developed from a technology park in Örnsköldsvik to a leading biorefinery initiative, both nationally and internationally. The major parts of the activities concern support and initiatives regarding research and development in the areas biotechnology, energy technology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and raw materials with a focus on sustainability.


Sveaskog is Sweden's largest forest owner and sells sawlogs, pulpwood and biofuel. Sveaskog also works with land transactions and develops the forest as a venue for hunting, fishing and other nature-based experiences.


Holmen is a forest industry group that manufactures printing paper, paperboard and sawn timber and runs forestry and energy production operations. They produce electricity from their own hydro and wind power systems and have been ranked as one of the 100 most sustainable companies, according to the UN Global Compact Index.


Södra
More than 51,000 forest owners in southern Sweden are members of the economic association that is Södra. Södra is also a large employer. 3,800 people work for the Group, in areas that range from forestry management and environmental conservation to accounting, sales and product development. The Group’s four business areas produce sawn and planed timber goods, interior products, paper pulp and biofuel. In recent years Södra has also become such a large producer of electricity that the Group now produces more electricity than it uses.


Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With more than 50 years of experience in polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene), Borealis delivers  innovative and value creating plastics products.


Trioplast is a Swedish Industry Group with a turnover of 500 million EUR and 1 250 employees and is one of Europe’s leading forces in creative and cost-efficient use of polyethylene within the modern plastic and packaging fields.Trioplast develops, manufactures and distributes packaging materials for industrial and agriculture use, hygiene films as well as special purpose films.


Tetra Pak® is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people.


For more information:
Thore Lindgren, SEKAB E-Technology  thore.lindgren@sekab.com
Ylwa Alwarsdotter, SEKAB BioFuels & Chemicals ylwa.alwarsdotter@sekab.com,
+46(0)70 398 03 02
Lars Pettersson, Borealis LarsE.Pettersson@borealisgroup.com
Camacho Walker, Tetra Pak Walker.Camacho@tetrapak.com
Lars Lundin, Trioplast Lars.Lundin@trioplast.com
Erik Nelsson, Holmen Erik.Nelsson@holmen.com
Mats Wallin, Södra mats.wallin@sodra.com
Fredrik Gellerstedt, Södra Fredrik.Gellerstedt@sodra.com
Jan Wintzell, Sveaskog Jan.Wintzell@sveaskog.se
Björn Alriksson, SP Processum Bjorn.Alriksson@processum.se

 

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Society is facing a huge challenge in replacing old energy sources with new ones. SEKAB seeks to play its part in the transition to a future with a reduced demand for fossil fuels and raw materials. We will achieve this through the ethanol we produce and import, turning it into biofuels in various forms and green chemicals.

Locally grown plastics is a newly established, unique partnership that includes the entire manufacturing chain for bio- based plastics – from the forest industry to packaging producers. The project is cooperation between SEKAB, Sveaskog, Holmen, Södra, Borealis, Trioplast, Tetra Pak and SP Processum. SP Processum is the main project sponsor for this partnership.

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SEKAB recruits expert in biotechnology

Press Releases   •   Apr 14, 2014 08:00 EDT

SEKAB E-Technology has recruited Roberth Byström as its new expert on biotechnology. He will be working on the development and commercialisation of SEKAB’s technology platform CelluAPP®.

Good news for green chemistry in new EU industrial policy

Press Releases   •   Jan 23, 2014 08:03 EST

For the first time, access to bio-based raw materials is highlighted as a priority issue for industrial development in European Commission’s new communication. Since the high import duty on bio-ethanol is one of the biggest barriers to growth of bio-based chemistry in Europe, SEKAB welcomes this and looks forward to hearing what measures will be taken to improve the situation.

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SEKAB is one of Europe’s leading producers of ethanol. We produce and distribute bioethanol fuel and green chemical products. We are further dedicated to developing the next generation of cellulose-based ethanol processing. SEKAB is currently conducting a long-term industrial initiative in second generation ethanol, in order to develop an industrial structure for delivering expertise and equipment for the production of cellulose-based ethanol.

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