University of Helsinki

 

BACKGROUND

Lignocellulosic biomass resources from forestry and agro-industry are very important in Nordic countries. Vast quantities of lignocelluloses are produced every year constituting the main source of renewable organic material available on earth. Transformation of lignocellulosic side-streams into useful products is increasingly important issue in order to decrease the use of fossil hydrocarbons without impact on the food resources. The efficient use of renewable materials is considered as one of the key issue of the sustainable development. An integrated biorefinery is an overall concept where biomass feedstocks are converted into a spectrum of valuable products. Biorefineries exploit different natural and biological sciences and integrate various technologies in order to utilize all components of biomass. Transformation of lignocellulosic resources to energy carriers has in past few years attracted a lot of interest but the refining to different polymeric materials has until now been focused much less.

 

The Refining Lignocellulosics to Advanced Polymers and Fibers - PolyRefNorth -network combines ten acknowledged Nordic research groups and centers from four countries encompassing different disciplines and expertise in the biorefining field.

Nordforsk University of Helsinki