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Lignin refining for high value applications

Research and technical development on lignin. The results will help minimize cost and environmental impact through efficient use of energy and biomass resources, maximize volume and quality through production efficiency and runnability, meet societal needs with products made from forest biomass, and enable circular economy.

Different types of lignin originating from kraft pulp mills, sulphite pulp mills, ethanol production plants and agricultural waste all have unique characteristics. To understand which applications, they are best suited for, we will include studies on separation techniques, tailoring of properties, and material development. The target products are carbonised lignin applications such as carbon fibres, energy storage and emission control, where lignin represents an affordable and sustainable alternative to current fossil-based components. Non-carbonised lignin applications, for example, adhesives, coatings and sealants will also be studied and techno-economically evaluated.


Project name

Lignin refining



RISE role in project

RISE are managing the consortium and projects

Project start


January 2018 – December 2020

Total budget

Approximately 35 MSEK including in-kind contributions


A consortium with RISE and 13 companies

Supports the UN sustainability goals

8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
12. Responsible consumption and production
17. Partnerships for the goals
Fredrik Aldaeus

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Fredrik Aldaeus

Hållbarhets- och kvalitetschef

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