Demonstration project in Norway to feature hydofaction technology

By Erin Voegele | December 21, 2017

Silva Green Fuels AS has announced plans to build a demonstration plant in Tofte, Norway, that will produce second-generation advanced biofuel from forest feedstocks. Danish-Canadian company Steeper Energy will deliver the technology.

Södra and Statkraft formed the joint venture company Silva Green Fuel in 2015 with the aim of developing a commercial-scale biofuel project that will produce fuel that can be used in heavy road transport and aviation.

Construction on the demonstration plant is currently expected to begin in February, with completion scheduled for 2019. Statkraft said Enova will finance approximately 25 percent of the NOK 500 million ($59.51 million) project.

Steeper Energy said it will license its proprietary hydrofaction technology to Silva. The demonstration plant will take in wood residues as feedstock and produce renewable crude oil that can be upgraded to renewable diesel, jet or marine fuel.

According to Steeper, the demonstration project will confirm engineering data and design protocols to de-risk future commercial-scale facilities planned to be built by Silva and will be offered by Steeper globally to other biofuel project developers.