Bold news this week from Sekab, the Swedish chemical and cleantech company, who are responding to increasing demand for green chemicals and a growing focus on the impact on climate change by a major green tech investment by building a plant to produce them from residual products found in forests. For several years, Sekab has developed technology for producing renewable raw materials from the woods and now they are putting a greater emphasis on harnessing the power and potential found in our trees.
“The forest has the potential to contribute significantly more to a sustainable society. Most things that are made today from fossil raw materials such as coal, oil and gas can just as easily be made out of products from the forest. This is where our new technology comes in” says Monica Normark, Chief Technology Officer at Sekab (pictured in the lead image).
The technology is called CelluAPP and had been developed in the lab in Domsjö. It takes residual products from the forest, such as sawdust, and processes them into green raw materials such as wood sugar, ethanol and lignin. In turn, they can become products that contribute to climate change adaptation: from biofuels to asphalt and medicines. The technology has been developed and tested in Sekab’s demonstration plant and is now ready for large scale use.
Sekab ( @SEKABcom ) is therefore starting a feasibility study this week with the aim of investigating the conditions for building a production facility in which its own technology will be used to create green chemicals from the forest.
“The time is right now. Demand for green products is increasing, there is a great willingness to invest in technological advances that contribute to climate change adaptation and we are ready to take the lead. If a large-scale production facility becomes a reality, it will help solve the challenges society is facing and at the same time strengthen our position as a leading player” adds Normark.
The feasibility study will carefully and thoroughly investigate the conditions for the building of a production facility. Partners, financing and location are issues that must be processed. As a first step, Sekab is currently seeking investment support from the European Innovation Fund. The feasibility study will be completed in the autumn of 2022. The project can be followed continuously here.
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