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Pilot plant for nanocellulose

This plant makes it possible to work with nano-cellulose in a huge way and have a new energy efficient manufacturing process.

Nanocellulosa pilotanläggning

At work in the pilot plant.

In 2011, we opened the world's first pilot plant for the production of nanocellulose, which has a capacity of 100 kg/day. The facility makes it possible to produce nanocellulose on a large scale for the first time and is an important step towards the industrialisation of this technology. Having the capability to produce larger volumes means it is now possible to study the use of nanocellulose in applications that demand significant amounts of material.

Unique resources

The pilot facility's connection to the existing pilot-scale processing equipment at Rise Bioeconomy, which includes screens, refiners, fractionation equipment, not to mention a paper machine, makes it a unique testing and production unit. It provides us with exceptional resources to work with you towards the commercialisation of your nanocellulose applications. 

Use in InnRP Nanocellulose (2015-2017)

The pilot plant has been used in the ongoing research program "Nanocellulose" to study further improvement of the production process in a scale that is relevant to industrial implementation.

This has been tested in the pilot plant:
• increased energy efficiency
• robustness in terms of varying quality of process water and raw material input
• opportunities for continuous quality control of nano-cellulose

Use in InnRP Source Efficient Paper and Board Making (2015-2017)

The pilot plant has been used extensively in the ongoing research program "Source Efficient Paper and Board Making". With the help of the pilot paper machine FEX, studies the nano cellulose as an additive in the production of paper and cardboard. The addition of nano-cellulose generally provide improved mechanical properties of paper and cardboard, but it also has a negative impact on the dewatering of the pulp suspension during paper manufacturing. The deterioration of dewatering depends on the type of pulp used. The greatest negative effect is chemical pulp, but by utilizing the strength increase as nano-cellulose gives it becomes possible to simultaneously raise the proportion of filler in the paper. It compensates the degraded drainage for chemical loads, while providing a cheaper product.

Removable demo plant for Nanocellulose

The activities above resulted in great interest from our customers to try nano-cellulose added their own paper machines. This led to our 2013 active commenced the process of developing a mobile demo plant that would allow actual mill trials. Thanks to a project funded by VINNOVA and private financing could this mobile demo plant to be built and it is now in 2017 ready for customers to try.

The movable demo plant can produce tons of nano-cellulose and provides a cost effective solution to evaluate the effect of nano-cellulose in various products and processes out in the paper mills.


Christian Andersson
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