Borregaard ASA has received a commitment for NOK 18.8 million (≈ EUR 1.99 million) in support from the Research Council of Norway (NFR). The funds will be used for two different innovation projects based on biomass as a raw material.
Norway-headed forest industry and biorefinery major Borregaard ASA has announced that has received a commitment for NOK 18.8 million (≈ EUR 1.99 million) in support from the Research Council of Norway (NFR). The funds will be used for two different innovation projects based on biomass as a raw material.
– This is the second major pledge we have received in only a few weeks, which demonstrates that our research projects represent both great added value and credibility in the professional communities. Both research projects have an environmental upside in that the end products are bio-based, said Per A. Sørlie President and CEO of Borregaard in a statement.
Support for two biobased projects
The funds come from Skog-Verdi, a collaboration between the support programmes BIA (User-managed Innovation Arena) and BIONÆR (Sustainable added value in food and bio-based industries). A total of NOK 25 million were announced for new projects based on forestry and wood for products.
The background of the announcement is the government’s package of measures for the forestry industry in the revised 2013 national budget. The support assumes that Borregaard itself contributes around NOK 33 million (≈ EUR 3.49 million) across the two projects within the fields of lignin and specialty cellulose respectively.
- NOK 10.8 million (≈ EUR 1.14 million) has been awarded to the “Green Binder” project, which is a collaboration project between Elkem and Borregaard where the goal is to develop bio-based binding agents for carbon products. This project has also received support from Innovation Norway to the tune of NOK 2.7 million (≈ EUR 0.29 million).
- In addition, NOK 8 million has been awarded to the “High Purity Cellulose” project, which aims to develop a process to produce specialty cellulose qualities for use in advanced chemicals. Innovation Norway is also supporting this project with NOK 7.3 million (≈ EUR 0.77 million). The funds will be used over three years.
– The project quality, the projects’ potential for creating added value and the company’s ability to realize innovation have been decisive for the funding. Both of the Borregaard projects are clearly related to renewal and restructuring. Future growth in the forestry sector will be from new products, new exploitation of raw materials and new technology. Here Borregaard is at the forefront, said Ulf Rune Visur Syvertsen Senior Consultant with NFR.