Better for the climate. Better for the pulp mills. Better for all petrol stations and cars.
Demand for biofuels is huge and production of bio-gasoline and bio-diesel of lignin from wood has until now not been possible...
RenFuel’s world-class innovation transforms lignin from wood into lignin oil – LIGNOL® – replacing fossil oil. Refined into bio-gasoline, bio-diesel, bio-kerosene in existing refineries it replaces fossil oil fully or partly.
Lignol is a domestic, renewable, bio-oil from ethical problem free residuals and gives over 90% CO2 reduction.
Lignol is fully compatible with fossil oil and contains as much energy and has significantly higher performance and better winter characteristics than other green fuels such as ethanol, HVO and FAME.
The feedstock of pine oil, grease, waste etc for the production of synthetic diesel is limited. Rapeseed oil and palm oil are not ethically sustainable alternatives. Renewable bio-gasoline has not been able to produce at competitive costs at all – until now and never ever by lignin.
Long-term and safe supply of lignin is strategically important and sufficient amounts are and will be available for a long foreseeable time in the forest and in the forest industry.
Lignol is refined into sustainable bio-gasoline and bio-diesel and will be mixed in fossil fuels as drop-in fuels and can be sold at the same price as fossil fuels.
The supply of biomass in the Swedish forest industry is on balance and there is now more forest than ever before...
There is now 25% more forest than 25 years ago and the Swedish forest has doubled since the 1920s and has increased from 1.7 to 3.3 billion forest cubic meters and it continues to increase, in balance. Annual growth is 125 million cubic meters, equivalent to 350 Twh and annual forest harvest is 90-95 million cubic meters (200 TWh).
Sweden’s total energy consumption is 385 Twh per year, of which the transport sector accounts for approximately 100 TWh. Today, the share of biofuels is about 20 TWh. By 2030, Sweden will have a vehicle fleet that will be 70% independent of fossil fuels.
All countries in the world with forest and pulp production are able to reduce their use of fossil oils and fuels with RenFuel’s technology.
The pulp mills has so much residual energy in black liquor that it eventually can replace a significant part of our fossil fuels...
Lignin is a residue in pulp production with very high energy value and the dominant substance in black liquor. Black liquors are found in very large quantities within the pulp industry. The residual energy from this lignin in the Swedish pulp industry today accounts for more than 70% of Sweden’s fuel demand (70 TWh).
Today, the pulp industry burns the lignin to create heat and energy for the pulping process. Significant masses of lignin are not needed in the process, but there has been no alternative market for the lignin – until now.
In Sweden, between 2-3 million tonnes of lignin is possible to directly remove from the black liquor without causing imbalances in the pulping process. In the long term, the masses of lignin from forest raw materials can more than be doubled or even triple.
With low investment, the forest industry can separate and sell its excess lignin with very good profitability for the production of lignol for bio-gasoline and bio-diesel. Demand is very high for a long time to come, and lignin and lignol may eventually be sought after commodities for export on the world market.
The acute problem right now is to get enough separated lignin to the market.
Fossil-free vehicle fleet 2030 is possible...
In Sweden, biofuels are the fastest and most realistic way to reach a fossil-free vehicle fleet in 2030. Vehicles powered by electricity and gas, etc, are increasing, but it takes between 17-20 years to replace an entire fleet of vehicles if everyone should be able to afford a change.
The phasing out of liquid fuels by 2030-45 is neither smart nor economically justifiable as it would involve very expensive procurement of new vehicles and infrastructure. And scrapping of investments of about 100 billion in the current well-functioning liquid fuel distribution system is not sane.
Therefore, a large proportion of biofuels together with a balanced growth of electricity and gas operations in the next 20 years is the most realistic solution for reaching the fossil-free targets.
Biofuels of lignol is a drop-in fuel and can compete successfully with fossil diesel and petrol in a few years, as the production of lignol is based on an efficient large-scale process and utilizes existing distribution networks and fits the current vehicle park.
Existing infrastructure for fuel distribution and sales can be fully utilized. Existing cars and engines can still be used without technical intervention. Consumption and power in the engines are not affected.
With lignol in the tank, all petrol and diesel vehicles become environmental friendly cars.
The reduction quota demands for an increasing bio-mixing in both fossil and diesel fuel...
There is a huge and increasing need to raise the biofuel mix in fossil fuels for environmental reasons and the reduction quota. HVO and FAME dominate the mixture of diesel (27%) and ethanol in the gasoline (5%).
Soon bio-diesel and bio-gasoline of lignol will be a significant part of the mixture. Especially for the gasoline. So far, only ethanol has been possible to mix in the gasoline and a further increase in the blend is not possible. Eventually, gasoline cars will increase their share of the fleet at the expense of diesel vehicles.
The reduction quota will force the fuel manufacturers to increase the bio-mix, and therefore both bio-diesel, but above all bio-gasoline of lignol will be increasingly important for mixing in fossil fuels in the near future.
We have the technology - now it's upp to the forest industry...
RenFuel has a short project plan aiming to start the deliveries of lignol as soon as possible. In collaboration with Rottneros and Preem, a large production facility is currently being built in Vallvik, which will deliver lignol to Preemraff in Gothenburg in the first quarter of 2021.
But more pulp mills are needed to invest in lignin separation as soon as possible. Demand is now and for the foreseeable future huge as it will compete with and increasingly replace the established fossil fuels. The price of lignin will be very high.
RenFuel’s large-scale process is able to produce very large volumes of lignol, but the process depends on the equivalent number of tons of lignin that must be procured on long and secure contracts. Today, only the Nordic pulp industry can offer these masses, but only if they invest in the separation of their lignin.