Study visits

During the previous Advanced Biofuels Conference, in 2017, we offered the participants three pre-conference study tours to choose from: 

  1. The Blue Tour: Preem refinery, Volvo Experience & Demo Center and Södra Cell Värö pulp mill. (Wood, Biodiesel and Heavy-duty engines) OR
  2. The Green Tour: Gothenburg Biomass Gasification Project (GoBiGas), St1 Refinery and Perstorp Bioproducts refinery. (Ethanol, Biogas and Biodiesel) OR
  3. The Orange Tour: Renewable marine fuel



Stop 1. Preem refinery

Preem refinery.

Preem is Sweden’s largest fuel company. Preem’s two refineries in Gothenburg and Lysekil are among the most modern and environmentally adapted in Europe. Preem is an important player in the conversion to renewable fuels. Preem’s vision is to lead the transition towards a sustainable society. Therefore, the company produces renewable fuels (HVO), diesel and gasoline that work in today’s and tomorrow’s vehicles. 

The journey to transfer Preem’s traditional oil refineries to biorefineries started in 2010 by building a IsoGHT plant in Gothenburg. Today the capacity of HVO is 160 000 m3 per year, but in the end of 2018 Preem will double the capacity. In 2030, the company’s  intention is to produce at least 3 000 000 m3 renewables. Preem is aiming for advanced biofuels based on forest residues and along with the new RED2 directive in place Preem will probably increase the speed in increased production capacity in the renewable area.  


Stop 2. Volvo Trucks and Experience Center

Volvo Trucks and Experience Center.

Welcome to visit Volvo Trucks and Experience Center. Volvo Trucks is the second largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in the world. More than 95% of the trucks we build are over 16 tonnes and we make vehicles that are sold and serviced in more than 140 countries all over the world. Our strategy revolves around satisfied and productive customers and in this, we are supported by over 2,300 dealerships and workshops. Volvo Trucks has a production structure based on global presence. Volvo have eight wholly-owned assembly plants and nine factories owned by local interests. About 95% of the company’s production capacity is located in Sweden, Belgium, Brazil and the USA. Through the entire organisation Volvo focus on the core values: Quality, Safety and Care for the Environment.

Every year about 20,000 visitors come to the Experience Center. This visit will contain a visit in our exhibition and a presentation. The guided tour in the exhibition will describe our history, our trucks and services and how we innovate to create value to our customers and society. There will also be a presentation by Lars Mårtensson, Director Environment and Innovation, about our view on Future Transports with special focus on fuels.


Stop 3. Södra Cell Värö
Sodra cell

Södra Cell Värö.

Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with more than 50,000 forest owners as members. Södra is also an international forest industry Group, with operations based on processing its members’ forest products in balance between production efficiency and nature conservation. Södra is a major producer of timber, interior wood products, paper and textile pulp, and green energy.  

We will visit Södra’s plant at Värö, Sweden’s most modern pulp mill and largest saw mill, together a true biorefinery, producing pulp, wood products, pellets and other fuels, tall oil, biopower and heat for district heating. The different units at the site cooperate for high energy efficiency. The tall oil is used as feedstock for HVO diesel. 

You will hear about the journey from plant to advanced biofuel and how the different factories at the site cooperate to be energy efficient. You will listen to what Södra is doing today together with SunPine, a partly owned company, and what the future might bring.




Stop 1. GoBiGas

Gothenburg Biomass Gasification Project (GoBiGas).

Welcome to Göteborg Energi and methane from wood. The City of Göteborg, through its energy company Göteborg Energi, has invested €150 million in the Gothenburg Biomass Gasification Project (GoBiGas). GoBiGas is the world’s largest project to demonstrate gasification of woody biomass to biomethane. The industrial scale project has already proven itself by gasifying wood pellets continuously for two months, delivering biomethane to the natural gas grid for usage in primarily transportation. Göteborg Energi, in cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology, continues its work to improve the plant’s efficiency and develop a cost-effective process in order to be competitive even with low oil prices and inadequate policies in place. The potential is there.

You will listen to a presentation about the facility, the technology, research and the challenges. We will also make an outside tour of the plant.


Stop 2. St1 refinery

St1 Refinery with biofuels production.

Welcome to St1 Refinery with biofuels production. St1 Refinery in Gothenburg is a modern refinery annually processing 4 million tonnes of crude oil from the North Sea. During the past decade, tens of million Euros have been invested to manufacture products of the best environmental standard and to reduce emissions from production. St1 has one of the most energy efficient refineries in the world.

St1 is pioneer in Advanced Biofuels producing ethanol form different waste materials. Since 2006 St1 has built several plants build in Finland and Sweden. St1 started with Etanolix® plants producing ethanol form food industry waste. Today St1 is commissioning Cellunolix® plant – world’s first commercial demonstration plant producing cellulosic ethanol from saw dust.


Stop 3. Perstorp BioProducts refinery

Perstorp BioProducts refinery.

Perstorp BioProducts AB specializes in biofuels for the Scandinavian markets, where they offer biobased drop-in fuels, high blend substitution of fossil alternatives as well as biofuels for heating applications.

Perstorp’s  biofuel business is driven by customer focused development, responsiveness and flexibility. The unique combination of competences within both the chemical industry and fuels market creates synergies that benefit development and delivery of maximum value to the customers. As a part of the Perstorp Group we can take advantage of an extensive amount of knowledge accumulated over history, joint R&D facilities and Perstorp’s two high quality production plants in Norway and Sweden.

At the visit to Perstorp’s site in Stenungsund we will see Scandinavia’s most modern plant for biodiesel and biodiesel post treatment. We will also see how biogas is incorporated in large scale gasification and downstream chemicals production, with focus on the plants for heavy alcohols and their exiting development to become the pilots for the next major biobased diesel replacement molecules.



Renewable marine fuel

ScandiNAOS pilot vessel.

ScandiNAOS pilot vessel.

ScandiNAOS AB in Sweden is developing fossil free propulsion for vessels since 2009, when we started evaluating methanol as a fuel for marine engines. Today m/s Stena Germanica is provided with methanol for their main engines totaling 24 MW. As a ship design company we have participated in the fuel storage, bunkering and safety design. Since two years back we are heading two fossil free ship projects, Summeth and Green Pilot.

Summeth (Sustainable Marine Methanol) aims for market and safety/risk analysis, vessel system design and engine laboratory tests of methanol engines. Green Pilot is a straight hands-on project where the Swedish Maritime Administration has provided a two engine pilot vessel to be converted to be operable on methanol.

ScandiNAOS has access to a Scania 13 liter diesel engine of 405 kW and a Fitech W12 engine of 320 kW. Both engines have now been converted to run on methanol/ethanol and been load tested. The Fitech engine is now installed in the pilot vessel to be test run during the summertime.

We would like to demonstrate that fossil free alcohols are efficient and environmental friendly fuels to meet the future requirements of climate neutral transports.
Therefore, ScandiNAOS invites you to Klippan, Göteborg, for a demonstration on board our converted pilot vessel.

More photos are found in this pdf.