The new Pretreatment BioTrac Facility in Sundwall is quite flexible and can test different feedstocks and develop, verify, and optimise the pretreatment processes.
October 25, 2021
Valmet’s new Pretreatment BioTrac pilot facility has started operations at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall, Sweden.
With this investment in the new pilot facility, Valmet is primarily looking to strengthen its research and development capabilities in the field of biomass pretreatment and cater to the new market demands for bioenergy, biofuels, and biochemicals. The facility provides piloting and laboratory services for Valmet’s clientele. Further, it will also offer the opportunity to test different feedstocks and develop, verify, and optimise the pretreatment process for specific purposes.
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The pilot facility’s pretreatment system is flexible and can process many different raw materials. With the aim to enable several different process configurations including acid impregnation and several different reactor configurations like vertical and horizontal reactor systems. The process control is safeguarded by the Valmet DNA system.
Speaking about this latest investment by the developer and supplier of technologies, Olof Melander, Senior Manager, Valmet Fiber Technology Center, remarked, “This investment is an important step forward for us as an innovative company and becoming a world leader in technology in the biorefinery area. Our pilot facility can help evaluate the performance of Valmet’s pretreatment systems with various raw materials or material mixes for each project. This reduces the customer’s investment risk in adopting new technology.”
The new Fiber Technology Center (FTC) of the leading global technology company, is situated in the city of Sundsvall, Sweden. Sundsvall is 21st largest city in Sweden by population and the pulp & paper industry has an extensive presence.
He added, “Furthermore, customers can optimize and verify their pretreatment process at pilot scale, before scaling up to demonstration and commercial scale. The system is flexible for both raw materials and process alternatives.”