FPIRC Course no 18: Wood Biorefinery - different industry´s driving forces behind Bioerfineries

13 apr 2018

The Forest Products Industry Research College – FPIRC – is the co-ordinator in Sweden for education and continuing education within the Pulp & Paper area, with a focus on scientific developments. The intention is to indicate where the cutting-edge of research lies in chosen sections of the pulp and paper value added chain.


Course description/Content: The course will give an overview of an emerging industry aiming at better utilisation of biomass into both a broader spectrum of new chemicals, materials and composites as well as more efficient energy use and production of energy carriers. Focus is on the forest related sector but it also has some relevance for the agro sector since many of the conversion processes are similar and can even be technically integrated or linked.

“Biorefinery” is an increasingly popular concept in the Climate Change debate, being used for a variety of industrial processes or combinates – existing or future – from  rather traditional multi-product “combinates” for pulp & paper, sawn wood products, electricity, district heating, pellets, possibly combined with lignin extraction  or gasification, ethanol fermentation and biogas production from rest products or - similarly - agro-combinates for ethanol, biogas, feed stuffs and soil improvers. These are then downstream followed or even integrated with chemical process industries or refineries.

The course will give an overview of:

  • The biorefinery concept
  • Different types of “biorefineries”
  • On-going and planned commercial as well as R&D- and pilot-/demo projects
  • Green Chemical Technologies
  • The thermo-chemical and the bio-chemical routes to basic feed stocks for synthesis
  • Fractionation and extractions of lignocellulosic components(cellulose, nano-celluloses, hemicelluloses, lignin components, other extractives etc)
  • Different conversion processes
  • Potential new products; biomaterials, chemicals, composites
  • Process integration opportunities, energy saving opportunities and strategies
  • Product, material and energy yields and efficiencies on different system levels
  • Technical, economical, environmental and political driving forces

The course is a post-gradual course, also open for undergraduate students. The course is, however, aimed at university and industry researchers and personnel who are interested in technology development.

The course language will be English.

Learning objectives: The objective is to illustrate developing trends, technical break throughs and driving forces for different technology areas. After the course, the participants should ...
... have detailed knowledge of the current status of biorefinery concepts, mainly forestry based but also alternatives, and

… have detailed knowledge of technical processes and product possibilities, in an environmental, economical and technical perspective

Pre-requisites: Some fundamental knowledge of pulp and papermaking processes area, either through undergraduate education at university level or through industrial experience.

Contributors (principal lecturers, company):

Literature/Course material: Handouts

Contact person/Course co-ordinator: Senior Lecturer, Dr Olof Björkqvist

Type: The course is a 5-day intensive lecture course, including an exercise. Lectures by invited people from the universities, institutes, and industry

ECTS: 4,5

Examination: N.d.

Place: The course will be held at MIUN, Sundsvall

Registration and course fee: Registration no later than May 31, 2018

Go to FPIRC course page and registration



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