Biomass to bio-isooctane project launched
Three Swedish companies have join forces in a new biomass-to-liquid (BtL) project to derive isooctane, a chemical component used gasoline for consumer engines such as outboard motors and lawnmowers, from forest biomass. The objective is to develop a high-quality fuel based entirely on forest resources. The project consortium consists of the state-owned forestry company Sveaskog, chemical and ethanol producers Sekab and oil refiners Preem who will work together with an undisclosed French biotechnology company. The biomass is first converted to sugars, which in turn are converted to iso-octane. The cooperative project has received partial financing from the Swedish Energy Agency and will run during the year 2016/17.