Advanced and competitive technologies and services
Valmet’s focus on research and development work is currently on cost-efficient, modularized and standardized solutions with the right technology scope. These solutions for example improve energy, water and raw material efficiency and lowe customers' investment costs. An exellent example is the OptiConcept M, a modular paper and board machine concept for mid markets.
Services are an important part of promoting the reliability, cost-efficiency, capacity and quality of the operations of pulp, paper and power generation companies. Services also include offerings aimed at increasing energy, water and raw material efficiency, reducing emissions and promoting operational safety and reliability.
Raw material, water and energy efficiency
Valmet continuously seeks to develop new technical solutions as well as service and maintenance offerings to improve the performance and competitiveness of its customers’ existing production lines throughout their life cycle.
Efficiency is one of the cornerstones in the desing of any new production line or power plant.
Biomass conversion technologies
Development activities in the Pulp and Energy business line have focused on cost-efficient and sustainable solutions for large and mid-size pulp mills as well as for growth areas such as dissolving pulp production. In boiler technology, the targets are to reduce environmental impact, improve efficiency, lower costs and extend the fuel portfolio.
In biomass conversion Valmet’s research and development focus is on the use of biomass in energy production and as a raw material for end products. The target is to enable new revenue streams for our customers and the creation of environmentally sustainable solutions.
During the last three years, Valmet has introduced several new technologies to the market, including LignoBoostTM for lignin separation, a pyrolysis solution for bio-oil production, and a gasifier for solid biomass and waste. All of these technologies are being demonstrated in full-size industrial or pilot customer plants. In addition, Valmet has been able to apply its existing technology to second-generation ethanol production.
LignoBoost is a complete system that extracts lignin from Kraft black liquor. Lignin has numerous profitable uses and an exciting future. It is an outstanding biofuel with high heat value and can be used as a fuel in boilers. Lignin is also an excellent raw material for further processing into base chemicals, like phenols.
A complete production line comprises the steam treatment system pre-ceded by a Valmet wood handling which warrants a suitable biomass particles profile to the steam treatment system. Steam treatment is followed by a drying step; here Valmet can offer a range of suitable drying technologies, optimized for any process configuration. The dried biomass is densified either to pellets or briquettes according to customer’s requirements. Heat and power to the bio coal plant is provided by our modularized Valmet Bioheat or Valmet BioPower system.