Biomaterials

Biomaterials

Biomaterials open opportunities to transform into sustainable solutions and create totally new material properties.

We are the trusted advisor and engineering partner to companies seeking growth avenues in biomaterials. Our clients include all bioindustry stakeholders such as industrial manufacturers, suppliers, technology providers and licensors, investors and financiers and other interest groups who are seeking strategic advice and implementation solutions for bioproducts, novel and existing.

Biomaterials reduce our dependency on crude oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change, and reduce overall material consumption via enhanced material properties. Biomaterials contribute to carbon storage in long-term applications and promote material substitution across industries. The developments in biomaterials are revolutionary, and the innovation in this field is thriving. From new building materials to carbon fibre and advanced packaging materials, the possibilities are numerous.

Our deep knowledge and expertise in both wood- and agro-based feedstock, plastics, graphene and other old and new materials and their end uses offers you a trusted and technology independent partner for delivering sustainable bio-based solutions for future generations.

Businesses need to identify the most feasible ones in terms of cost, product functionality, regulation, and market demand. We help clients assess the bioproducts and applications with near- and medium-term potential, and how to capture these opportunities efficiently.

The ongoing technological development will further enable many ground-breaking bio-based products from residues and side streams and turning them to value-adding products.  Lignin, which is separated in the pulping process, has potential as a raw material for many end uses substituting fossil materials, from road asphalt to carbon material for cars, or as a compound for bioplastics and chemicals.  Turpentine and crude tall oil can be used to create renewable diesel and biochemicals. As an example the typical payback time for a new tall oil plant is between 1-5 years and the typical payback time for an updated tall oil plant with a 25% increase in production is around 2-5 years.

Nanocellulose, made from wood pulp, has a broad spectrum of end applications, e.g., in electronics, pharmaceutical, and aerospace applications.  Development and studies of the use of nanocellulose in different applications is of increasing interest due to its renewable nature and excellent mechanical properties. For example, a paperboard mill can save up to 20 EUR/t by introducing microfibrillated cellulose to the packaging board production.

AFRY’s offering covers the whole bio-based industry value chains, from evaluating novel products, to understanding biomass availability and assessing technical feasibility to taking the investment from the conceptual stage to full scale commercial production.

Our offering of deep strategic insight of the changing bio-based markets, combined with leading edge process industry engineering and project execution services, position us as a trusted advisor and solid technology independent engineering partner for biorefining investments.  

Tuukka Sormunen
Head of Chemicals and Biorefining, Process Industries Division

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