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The revival of HTL and HTC technologies. Can the forest industry benefit?

The revival of HTL and HTC technologies. Can the forest industry benefit?

The forest and chemical industries aim to contribute to a more sustainable society looking for new ways of utilising forest biomass for products where fossil oil can be replaced. Hydrothermal liquefaction, HTL, and hydrothermal carbonization, HTC, technologies developed almost a century ago are therefore attracting new interest as they offer opportunities to utilise biomass. By different combinations of pressure and temperature biomass can be turned into bio-oil for further use as raw material or e.g. into hydrocarbons for energy purposes. In Norway, Södra and Statkraft will build an almost full-scale HTL plant, in Germany the ribbon-cutting event for a HTC plant took place late last year and in Sweden Processum among others is running pilot scale trials to develop HTC and HTL processes. However, what's in it for the forest industry?

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Investments in Swedish pulp and paper industry are booming

Investments in Swedish pulp and paper industry are booming

Swedish pulp and paper industry is really showing confidence which has materialised in all time high investments. The most eye-striking are four major ones, two pulp mill...

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International project lead by VTT will speed up the development of fibre-based products

International project lead by VTT will speed up the development of fibre-based products

Together with a large industrial consortium, VTT Technical Research of Finland has launched a EUR 4.5 million project to speed up the development of fibre-based products ...

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Swedish ways to combat the unavoidable

Swedish ways to combat the unavoidable

In June Stora Enso permanently shut down PM8 as well as the connected groundwood pulp production at their Kvarnsveden paper mill in Sweden. Forty-two years ago the author...

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From wood to food might become reality

From wood to food might become reality

The headline could indicate a straight line from trees to some kind of a vegetarian dish, although the latter would be quite a challenge for the stomach.

Historically this...

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From pulp mill to bioproduct mill

From pulp mill to bioproduct mill

Even a pulp and paper technician may sometimes be a bit philosophical about what has happened recently. When writing this piece I decided to dwell a bit on a new term whi...

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SunPine, from crude tall oil to green diesel, printing ink and perfume

SunPine, from crude tall oil to green diesel, printing ink and perfume

Piteå in northern Sweden is well-known for the production of kraftliner at SCA and Smurfit Kappa, in total more than 1.1 million tonnes, and may probably be the world's k...

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Traceability may become a serious issue for textiles too

Traceability may become a serious issue for textiles too

Swedish dissolving pulp producer Domsjö sees a future in fibre-certified fabrics. New garments feature certified fibre sourcing

For quite a few years now there was a big d...

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Killing two birds with one stone

Killing two birds with one stone

In Sweden, green liquor dregs are used to cover mine waste deposits

The forest industry has, with a few exceptions, been totally focussed within its own value chains, from...

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