Processum Biorefinery Initiative opens demonstration park in northern Sweden for biorefining research with universities, forest products and chemical companies

LOS ANGELES , December 6, 2011 () – Sweden's 21-member Processum Biorefinery Initiative AB on Dec. 1 opened its pilot park in Örnsköldsvik for research into biorefining in a partnership with universities and the paper, pulp, forestry, chemical and biorefinery industries, the group said in a Nov. 29 press release.

The Processum biorefinery pilot plant is the first of 12 planned for the demonstration park. Participants in the project include Umeå University, Bio4Energy and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

One of the research park goals is to find ways to utilize the whole tree, said program director, Stellan Marklund, with Vasterbotten, Sweden-based Bio4Energy, according to the release.

CEO Clas Engstrom of Örnsköldsvik-based Processum said the pilot park in Northern Sweden will have the capacity to experiment with various techniques and materials at different scales for treating biomass.

Materials to be produced will include biofuels and chemicals derived from trees, algae and organic wastes. The pilot park will allow demonstrations at larger scale than research labs, the release stated.

Techniques will include decay, high press, fractional, centrifuge and combinations, said Engstrom.

The primary source of this article is a translation of a press release in Swedish from Processum Biorefinery Initiative AB, Örnsköldsvik, Nov. 29, 2011.

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