Neste Oil, Raisioagro research straw potential as renewable fuel feedstock
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Neste Oil, Raisioagro to research on straw potential as renewable fuel feedstock

6:02 AM, 3rd September 2013
Neste Oil, Raisioagro to research on straw potential as renewable fuel feedstock

ESPOO, FINLAND: Neste Oil and Raisioagro have launched a research project to investigate the potential of straw as a raw material for producing renewable diesel. The project will study whether a logistically effective and efficient, large-scale straw harvesting chain could be created in Finland. The researchers will also look at the storability of straw for use as an industrial input year-round.

Large quantities of waste straw are produced as agricultural residue in Finland and elsewhere, and only a small proportion of this is currently used. Neste Oil has tested processing of  straw for some years and pilot-scale microbial oil production trials were started last year when Europe’s first microbial oil pilot plant was commissioned at Porvoo.

“Microbial oil produced from industrial and agricultural residues, such as straw, is one of our potential future feedstocks for producing NExBTL renewable diesel. We have already tested the use of straw for producing microbial oil at our pilot plant at Porvoo and the results have been promising. This latest research project will give us valuable new information on the true potential straw offers as a feedstock for producing renewable fuel in Finland and on the logistics chain needed to supply straw in the quantity required for an industrial process like ours,” said Lars Peter Lindfors, Senior Vice President, Technology, Neste Oil.

 

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