Finland: VTT to test gasification of logging residue

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Helsinki, 28 February, 2006 — According to the Technical Research Center of Finland VTT, 10% of Finland's traffic fuels could be biodiesel and biopetrol in 2015. VTT is launching a small test facility to gasify logging residue to hydrogen and carbon monoxide in 900 degree temperatures. Also willow and reed canarygrass can be used. The cost of a second generation gasification plant would be EUR 150mn. The first commercial production facility could be operational in Finland in about 10 years' time. It could refine 150,000 tons of biodiesel a year.