Finland's UPM to make biodiesel from wood pulp

Feb 01, 2012
A stack of logs is pictured at the Forestry and Paper industry UPM-Kymmene factory in Pietarsaari in 2009. Finnish papermaker UPM said Wednesday it plans to build the world's first industrial-scale plant to refine a byproduct of wood pulp into biodiesel.

Finnish papermaker UPM said Wednesday it plans to build the world's first industrial-scale plant to refine a byproduct of wood pulp into biodiesel.

The plant at UPM's site in Lappeenranta, at an investment of 150 million euros ($198 million), will be able to produce annually approximately 100,000 tonnes of advanced second generation biodiesel for transport after its planned completion in 2014.

The plant will refine crude tall oil, which is a byproduct of processing wood pulp, mostly from .

"The biofuels business has excellent growth potential," UPM chief executive Jussi Pesonen was quoted as saying in a statement.

"The quality of our end product and its environmental characteristics has gained significant interest among a wide range of customers, and the investment is profitable," he added.

The company said it is also considering building a second , either in Finland or France, which would wood as the raw material and different technology.

Explore further: Electromobility, efficient and safe: Visio.M consortium presents new electric car

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Chemicals and biofuel from wood biomass

Dec 19, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- A method developed at Aalto University in Finland makes it possible to use microbes to produce butanol suitable for biofuel and other industrial chemicals from wood biomass. Butanol is particularly ...

Bosch plans Malaysia solar panel plant

Jun 22, 2011

German industrial group Bosch will invest 520 million euros ($750 million) in a solar panel factory in Malaysia, a statement said on Wednesday.

Recommended for you

First-of-a-kind supercritical CO2 turbine

13 hours ago

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will supply a first-of-a-kind supercritical CO2 turbine to a demonstration plant being built in Texas, USA. The plant will be developed by NET Power, LLC, a U.S. venture, together w ...

Drive system saves space and weight in electric cars

Oct 17, 2014

Siemens has developed a solution for integrating an electric car's motor and inverter in a single housing. Until now, the motor and the inverter, which converts the battery's direct current into alternating ...

Dispelling a misconception about Mg-ion batteries

Oct 16, 2014

Lithium (Li)-ion batteries serve us well, powering our laptops, tablets, cell phones and a host of other gadgets and devices. However, for future automotive applications, we will need rechargeable batteries ...

Turning humble seaweed into biofuel

Oct 16, 2014

The sea has long been a source of Norway's riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) researcher hopes to add seaweed ...

User comments : 0