Biorefinery opens in Finland

By | July 15, 2010
Chempolis Ltd., a biofuels producer and developer based in Finland, has opened a biorefinery in Oulu, Finland. The biorefinery uses a Chempolis-based process called formicobio that enables the production of various end products utilizing energy generated in the production process, said Pasi Rousu, chief technical officer for Chempolis. The process used at Oulu turns reed canary grass into four products: papermaking fiber, ethanol, biochemicals and biodiesel. As a result of the formicobio process, "the same amount of raw material generates more revenue," said Rousu. According to the company, the process generates 40 percent more revenue using 50 percent less enzymes. The Oulu site will also act as a testing facility for other raw materials.