Neste Oil and Raisioagro have launched a research project to
investigate the potential of straw as a raw material for
producing renewable diesel, the companies confirmed on
Large quantities of waste straw are produced as agricultural
residue in Finland and elsewhere, and only a small proportion
of this is currently used.
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. The project will be carried out by
Microbial oil technology developed by Neste Oil
enables straw to be used as a feedstock for producing
NExBTL renewable diesel. 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," said Lars Peter Lindfors,
Neste Oil's senior vice president of technology. "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," he added.
Neste Oil says it is currently the world's only biofuel producer capable of
producing premium-quality renewable fuel on an industrial scale
from more than 10 different feedstocks. The company is committed
to further extending its feedstock base in renewables, and to
increasing its use of waste and residues in particular.
Neste Oil currently invests around 40 million in research
and development (R&D) annually, the bulk of which goes on
research into renewable feedstocks and renewable refining technology.