Silva Green Fuels – Advandced Biofuel production

Silva Green Fuels – Advanced Biofuel production

First commercial scale HTL-plant to produce advanced biofuels from forest residues. Silva Green Fuel, JV between Statkraft and Södra, is building a demo plant right now with the ambition to commercialize in the coming years

Silva Green Fuel is a collaboration between the Norwegian energy company Statkraft and the Swedish forest company Södra, formed in 2015 to develop and produce advanced biofuel to replace fossil fuels. Silva Green Fuel is presently constructing a €50M demonstration plant to test groundbreaking production technology at Tofte, Norway.

The technology provider is the Danish-Canadian company Steeper Energy with their hydrothermal liquefaction technology. The plant is scheduled for start-up during the autumn of 2021. After a two-year validation period, the long-term goal is to benefit from the biomass value chain and build and operate commercial biofuel facilities producing advanced biodiesel from forest residues. The first commercial plant could be ready for operations in 2025 and can be located either in Norway or Sweden. The potential to scale up this technology, help de-carbonize transportation, reach EU Climate targets and scale up advanced biofuel production is huge within EU.

Hydrothermal liquefaction is a technology to convert wet biomass into a biocrude that can be upgraded in a refinery to biodiesel, naphta, biojet and heavy fuel oil to help de-carbonize several transports means at the same time and without changing the vehicles or with additional infrastructure. Forest residues such as branches, tops, bark and sawdust can be used as feedstock, and it is also a suitable technology to use other advanced feedstocks such as sewage sludge and straws as well. The process focuses on transforming low-valued residues to high-valued biofuels. The first mover will take a huge risk to commercialize the technology.

An investment in Silva Green Fuel is an investment not only in biofuels and de-carbonization of different transport means, it is also an investment in jobs, security in energy supply and growth in rural areas. Silva Green Fuel is ready to take the lead but needs the long-term support of advanced biofuels and risk-sharing from EU to make a real green deal!

Climate benefits

Silva Green Fuel has a GHG-saving greater than 80% compared to fossil diesel and can be mixed into diesel on all markets without any changes in vehicles or infrastructure


The preliminary investment cost for a commercial scale plant is 300 MEUR


Demo plant will be up and running autumn 2021. Commercial-scale possible at 2025

Contact information

Rune Gjessing
CEO Silva Green Fuel

Henrik Brodin
Strategic Business Development Manager Södra

Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.