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INDUSTRY NEWS SMALLTALK


RSB membership for UPM Biofuels


Finnish forest industry company UPM Biofuels has become member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a global standard and certifi cation scheme for sustainable production of biomaterials and biofuels. The organisation is also an independent multi-stakeholder coalition, which works to support the sustainability of biomaterials. RSB is considered one of the


strongest sustainability schemes, verifying that biomaterials are ethical, sustainable and credibly sourced. It is also one of the EU- approved voluntary schemes for biofuels to show compliance, with sustainability requirements set for the production of biofuels in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. UPM sees great potential in RSB and is keen to be part of the future development of the scheme.


Carbon-neutral


future for Sweden Proposals have been announced by Sweden’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, to go carbon-neutral by 2045. Under the proposed Climate Act, the government will be required by law to include a climate report in the country’s annual budget and to produce a climate action plan every four years at the beginning of each new parliamentary term. Sweden is already on target to


generate all of its electricity from renewables by 2040.


Approval for Florida lignin investment


The boards of directors of Borregaard and Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc have decided to go ahead with an investment project in Florida after securing the necessary permits, as well as receiving incentives from local authorities. To be named LignoTech Florida


LLC, phase one of the project is expected to be completed by mid- 2018 and will represent a capacity of 100,000 metric tons of lignin.


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INDUSTRY NEWS Munich recycler on target


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ollowing the successful installation of an UNTHA XR3000C mobil-e shredder, Munich-based recycling specialist Breitsamer Entsorgung Recycling GmbH is on target to process 40,000 tonnes of waste wood in 2017. The hunt for an effi cient shredding solution began last year when the well-established 60-year-old recycling business began its search for an electrically- driven machine for its dedicated waste wood processing plant, which was designed in 2014. Breitsamer knew such a shredder would prove a more environmentally-robust alternative to one with a traditional diesel engine, not least because the recycling specialists have their own 1.4 MW photovoltaic system installed on site. With 60% of this system’s energy generation


powering the Breitsamer facility, this would prove a more economical solution too. However, an electric drive was not Breitsamer’s only requirement. The shredder would also need to process 35 tonnes of waste wood per hour and achieve a homogenous particle size of less than 120 mm in a single pass. Commenting on the innovative UNTHA Eco Drive concept within the XR mobil-e, Managing Director Thomas Breitsamer said, “This UNTHA technology makes us 70% more economical than if we were using diesel power and 30% more economical than the conventional star-delta drive. The low speed nature of this shredding system also keeps the noise of our pellet production at a very low level, as well as producing a very low amount of fi ne particles.” The movable nature of the


XR3000C mobil-e means it can be repositioned around the site, which allows for easier and safer maintenance because it can be moved out of the recycling hall. The shredder has been specifi cally engineered for ease of maintenance to ensure minimal downtime and, with the ability to change perforated screens in less than 30 minutes, Breitsamer can quickly and easily recycle different wood grades to different grain specifi cations. Thomas explained, “We can now offer excellent recycling, not only in waste wood classes 1 to 3, but also in class 4 waste wood and can sell the metals recovered from it to the steel industry. This fl exibility is important because we have several customers in the thermal and material recycling industry, who require granules in various sizes”.


International co-operation on biofuel R&D


Finnish renewable fuels and chemicals producer Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque of Canada have begun to co-operate in R&D, with the objective of studying the potential of using forest resi- dues as a raw material in biofuel production.


Based in La Tuque, Québec, the co-operation supports Neste’s goals to expand the raw material selection available and increase


the use of waste and residues. The company is currently capable of using more than ten different raw materials, including animal and fi sh fat, vegetable oils and used cooking oil, to produce renewable products. Lars Peter Lindfors, Senior Vice-President for technology at Neste, said in a statement that the company is constantly looking into expanding its renewable raw


material base. It believes that for- est residues can play a signifi cant role in producing renewable products in the future. The agreement focuses on the technological and economic feasibility of the project and will assess the biomass availability at a competitive cost, identify technol- ogy bottlenecks in process lines and validate the acceptable level of risk.


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