Swedish Biorefinery promotes the global bio economy

Swedish biorefinery promotes the global bio economy

Europe’s first industrial scale softwood-based plant for production of bioethanol to decarbonize transport and chemicals, lignin for asphalt and marine fuel, biogas and biogenic CO2. Renewable biomass feedstock will be processed into raw materials that will then serve essential roles in downstream processing to create useful sustainable products.

Biomass refinery will play an essential role in our transition away from fossil fuel dependency and towards a greener and more sustainable future. There is a growing demand for 2G biorefineries due to their increased GHG emission avoidance profiles and reduced food-crop use. Despite this, 1G biorefineries produce a staggering 97.5% of the EU’s bioethanol whilst the remaining is made up from 2G sources. With this project, Sekab will build an industrial-scale plant in Sweden that can overcome these challenges and transform the future landscape. Sekab have developed CelluAPP® processing technology which unlocks the latent value of forestry and agriculture residues, e.g. sawdust and shavings, to produce bioethanol and lignin as main products. This technology has been extensively tested, optimised and demonstrated over 16 years at our Biorefinery Demonstration Plant in the forest residue hub of Sweden. In addition, Sekab will license and incorporate Vertoro’s Goldilocks® processing technology that uses the same feedstock to produce crude lignin oil, a revolutionary substitute for e.g. transport fuel and biochemicals. The projects required suppliers and partners for a successful commercialization are already in place. Through the project, Sekab will deliver an integrated solution to convert inedible biomass into high-value components at commercial scale and in a cost-competitive manner. The resulting plant will require a total investment of €300M and it will annually process 375 kt lignocellulosic biomass to produce 84 kt bioethanol and biogenic CO2 respectively, 55 kt crude lignin oil, 90 kt lignin, and 15 kt biogas. Our high-revenue business model will allow us to combat and overcome the historic challenge of producing commercially viable cellulosic biofuels. In 10 years, the plant will reach an absolute GHG emission avoidance of 6.15 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Climate benefits

GHG avoidance: In 10 years, the plant will reach an absolute GHG emission avoidance of 6.15 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.




Plant in operation Q1 2025

Contact information

Sofia Winternell, Business Development, Sekab, +46706945350

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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.