Monica Normark new Head of Biorefinery Technology at Sekab E-Technology
Sweden-based cellulosic biochemical process developers Sekoab E-Technology, a subsidiary of cellulosic ethanol producers Svensk Etanol Kemi AB (SEKAB) have announced that Dr Monica Normark has been appointed as the new acting Head of Biorefinery Technology at Sekab E-Technology.
Dr Monica Normark holds a PhD in chemistry from Umeå University, where she has done research on the preproduction and production of sugar from lignocellulosic biomass. She has been working at Sekab E-Technology since 2017 on the development of the CelluAPP technology platform, which can be used to extract sugar and lignin from wood residues, straw, and other biomass.
The sugar and lignin can then be used to produce green chemicals and biofuel for transport and power plants.
Everything you can make with crude oil can be made using biomass instead, which of course is much better for the environment and our climate. Sekab E-Technology develops technologies to make this happen, and our tech platform CelluAPP is now ready for use in biorefineries. I am proud to be leading our work for a more sustainable society, said Dr Monica Normark.
CelluAPP is also part of REWOFUEl, a three-year EU co-financed project that started in 2018. It aims to establish a number of biorefineries in the EU that will utilize residue from the forestry and sawmill industries to produce transport and aviation biofuel.
To break our dependency on crude oil we need technologies that make it possible to use renewable resources to produce fuel and other chemical products. This international collaboration allows us to really make an impact with our world-leading technology, said Dr Normark.
Dr Monica Normark takes over as the acting Head of the Biorefinery Technology of Sekab E-Technologies from Thore Lindgren who leaves Sekab to pursue another career opportunity. The appointment is for a period until the end of the year.