Refining of Novel Products by Biomass Gasification 1.8.2008-30.6.2011



  • The HighBio research project "Refining of new products and new raw materials by gasification of biomass"  is jointly carried out by Finland and Sweden
    • Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius (coordinator) FI
    • University of Oulu - Department of Chemistry FI
    • Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences - Centria Ylivieska FI
    • Luleå University of Technology SE
    • ETC in Piteå SE
  • The project is co-financed by the EU Interreg IV A Nord programme, for the years 2008-2011.
  • Bioenergy and environment are the focus areas of the HighBio research project.
  • The project consists of five work packages (WP), which are;
    • WP 1. Development of the gasification process
    • WP 2. Effect of raw materials on the gasification process
    • WP 3. Utilization of end-products
    • WP 4. Evaluation and techno-economical analysis of process
    • WP 5. Information delivery.
  • The information and expertise produced will be integrated by the research groups.

Relevance of the HighBio research

  • Wood combustion for heating purposes has been a traditional way of energy production.
  • Recently, more attention has been paid to simultaneous heat and power production in small-scale CHP units.
  • The down-draft gasifier used in this research opens up new possibilities not only for efficient heat and power production (from energy intensive gas), but also for novel chemical synthesis, applying the known catalytic reactions.
  • The utilization gasification by-products (e.g. wood ash) is a current and challenging phenomenon.
  • Read more about the HighBio project


  • Luleå University of Technology
    • Marcus Öhman
    • Joakim Lundgren
  • ETC, Energy Technology Centre in Piteå
    • Rikard Gebart
    • Magnus Marklund
  • Centria in Ylivieska, Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences
    • Yrjö Muilu
    • Hannu Snellman
  • University of Oulu - Department of Chemistry
    • Toivo Kuokkanen
    • Ulla Lassi
  • University of Jyväskylä, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
    • Bodil Wikman
    • Ulla Lassi