UPM, Metso and Fortum together with the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) have developed a new concept for the production of energy wood-based bio oil as an alternative to fossil oil. Bio oil will substitute heavy and light fuel oils in heating applications. The future applications of bio oil could be electricity production and transportation fuels.
The consortium has developed a bio oil production process in which a pyrolysis reactor is integrated into a power boiler. In UPM the production of bio oil would be integrated into UPM's own biomass based power plants.
Pilot testing started in 2009 in Metso's Research and Development Centre in Finland. The end product has already been tested in one of the Fortum's district heating boiler plants.