Construction of a unique, scalable pyrolysis reactor

Within the scope of the Interreg project, RENEPRO* and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth project, Bio4Metals**, an internationally unique, scalable pyrolysis reactor with laboratory equipment is being constructed. Harads Arctic Heat is the Future Eco stakeholder responsible. Construction began during spring 2016.

This project will support SMEs working in the forestry industry whilst reducing regional CO2 emissions through research and development centered around three processing technologies for biocoal production. The project spans across county borders and includes the entire chain of stakeholders from forestry companies to large industrial companies and end users. This project aims to develop a field that is critical both to regional growth and to reduce environmental emissions. The project is a collaboration between Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University.


Metal industries and industries which base their operations on the use of wood-based biomass are important to the Nordic countries. Metal production is primarily based on the use of fossil energy sources, resulting in extensive CO2 emissions. Today, the Nordic industry has developed to a stage where further considerable improvement in energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions are difficult to attain. However, because of political decisions made by the European Union, industrial sectors must drastically reduce their CO2 emissions in the coming years, whilst maintaining economic competitiveness and protecting employment and welfare in the Nordic countries. In order to make the reduction of CO2 emissions economically viable, new industry-wide integration platforms should be developed.


The main goal of the project is to demonstrate the technological, economical and environmental feasibility of the new bioeconomy and the steel industry production platform (integrated steels, bio-based reduction substances and chemical production). This will be done through extensive laboratory experimentation, pilot-scale trials, systems analysis and estimations of carbon emissions.

Expected results

Examples of expected results of the RENEPRO project are:An estimation of the optimal production technology for bioreducing production.New knowledge about the potential of using bioreducers as reduction substances in modern blast furnaces and new gas upgrading methods for the steel industry.Process gases for use in producing valuable fuels and chemicals.New ways to combine bioeconomy, metal industry and chemical industrial processes.

*RENEPRO is a collaborative project featuring Finnish and Swedish partners of the Interreg Nord 2014-2020 EU Programme

**Bioreduction substances for metallurgical processes - Bio4Metals.





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