White cellulose fibres

Other biosolutions - Lignin

Refining lignin to value added products

Our deep knowledge and expertise in wood based feedstock and its component offers you a trusted and technology independent partner in delivering sustainable biosolutions for future generations.

Along with cellulose and hemicelluloses, lignin is one of the three main building blocks of lignocellulosic materials. The majority of lignin is produced from chemical pulping processes, namely kraft and sulphite pulping. Today, the kraft lignin produced in pulp mills is predominately combusted for energy as part of black liquor.

There are considerable opportunities in refining lignin to more value added products. The commercialization has however been a long time challenge. For the first time, the new lignin separation plants have enabled the industrial scale supply of kraft lignin and the demonstration of lignin separation technology, contributing to commercialization of lignin. One of the key objectives we have is to accelerate this market development.

For lignin and other emerging biosolutions we act as a technology independent consultant to help our clients identify and choose the best possible alternatives – and deliver a safe, sustainable and cost effective end result. Our expertise and process know-how, supported by globally integrated engineering and project management tools, ensure effective project execution and further plant operations.

Our key competences:
  • Global consortium on lignin promotion and development: “Lignin Club”
  • Analysis of lignin supply, demand
  • Development and identification of end uses
  • Lignin technologies and strategies
  • Due Diligence
  • Safety Consulting
  • FEL (Front End Loading)
  • Conceptual Design
  • Feasibility Study
  • Basic Engineering
  • FEED (Front End Engineering and Design)
  • Detail Engineering
  • EPCM (Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management)
  • Project Management and Control
  • Site Supervision
  • Operational Improvement
  • Local OPEX services

Tuukka Sormunen
Head of Chemicals and Biorefining, Process Industries Division

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