Norwegian biorefinery Laboratory - central laboratory in biomass conversion to be established

Updated: 2014-05-06 | Print

NorBioLab will be a national laboratory for biorefining. This involves the development of processes for sustainable conversion of Norwegian land and sea-based biomass into new, environmentally friendly biochemicals, biomaterials and bioenergy products.

The laboratory shall be available for national and international stakeholders. Paper and Fibre Research Institute (PFI) is the project owner, with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) as key partners.

NorBioLab aims to strengthen cooperation between national stakeholders involved in biomass conversion. Through the establishment of advanced research tools, the laboratory shall help to develop new climate - and environment -friendly processes and products based on forest, agricultural and marine biomass, and to verify new technological processes before further implementation. The new research infrastructure will be a central tool to help develop technologies that lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts from both the transportation and industrial sectors, and also help to increase access to environmentally friendly products and energy. The infrastructure will be available to national and international universities, institutes and industry.

The lab is one of 16 new national Norwegian research infrastructures being established, which will lay the foundation for groundbreaking research, future value creation and attractive research and educational institutions.


The NorBioLab is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is one of 16 Norwegian research infrastructures to be established.



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Kick off meeting

Back row from left: Philip Andre Reme (PFI), Kai Toven (PFI), Bernd Wittgens (SINTEF), Petter Røkke (SINTEF), Vincent Eijsink (NMBU). First row from left: Karin Øyaas (PFI), Størker Moe (NTNU), Per Carlsson (SINTEF), Edd Blekkan (NTNU).



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Project manager: Karin Øyaas