News & events

Updates from the Coordinator 

Three years of development and cooperation in FLEXCHX project!

The FLEXCHX project took off in March 2018 and now, the project has come to an end and will be finalized soon. In FLEXCHX, successful project work has been carried out despite globally challenging times. The particular mission of the project was to validate the key enabling technologies of the FLEXCHX process and we have succeeded excellently in the pursuit of this goal.

The test campaigns were very successful although the pandemic challenged the whole world – FLEXCHX managed well! Using exceptional arrangements, testing activities were possible to continue all the time in facilities, and the employees doing experimental work adapted well to the changes. The coronavirus crisis has shown the importance of cooperation between the scientific world and the rest of society, making the significance of applied science increasingly visible to society. The results carried out during this project – also analysed according to techno-economic and LCA – have marked a promising track to be run for the development of the next-generation technologies!

Finally, the meetings and the continuous cooperation with all the consortium partners have been rewarding and fruitful. And most importantly, the aim to reach and break the proposed targets have been fulfilled!

Esa Kurkela, VTT – FLEXCHX Project Coordinator

Conferences, workshops

WEBINAR on "Compact Gasification and Synthesis for Flexible Production of Transport Fuels and Heat"

19 January 2021, 10:00 – 12:30 CET

Thank you all who joined the webinar on 19 Jan 2021!

WEBINAR PRESENTATIONS - The material presented is available to download [PDF]:

Johanna Kihlman (VTT): Welcome and introduction

Sanna Tuomi (VTT): Concepts for distributed primary biomass conversion and central refining

Esa Kurkela (VTT): Gasification technologies for small-to-medium scale syngas plants

Harald Balzer (GKN Sinter Metals Filters): Hot filtration

Benjamin Rollins (Johnson Matthey): Catalytic reforming

Christian Frilund (VTT): Sorbent-based final gas clean-up

Tim Boeltken (INERATEC): Compact Fischer-Tropsch synthesis
Use of FT product at oil refineries

Mikko Wuokko (NESTE Engineering Solutions): Processing alternatives

Jan Jencik (ORLEN UniCRE): Vision of ORLEN UniCRE

Vincenzo Tota (Wood): Techno-economic studies for COMSYN process

Ralph-Uwe Dietrich (DLR): Techno-economic studies for FlexCHX process

Esa Kurkela (VTT): Concluding remarks

Latest results of two research projects funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme: COMSYN and FLEXCHX.

Agenda of the webinar [PDF]

Best Regards, Project coordinators, COMSYN Johanna Kihlman VTT and  FLEXCHX Esa Kurkela VTT

Assistance: For any questions, please contact minna.kurkela@vtt.fi



Validation of the key enabling technologies: One of the project’s main objective achieved!


The key enabling technologies of the FLEXCHX project were successfully validated at the 1 MW pilot gasifier of VTT Bioruukki in March 2020; despite the challenging situation dealing with coronavirus threat. Large-scale test campaigns could be implemented jointly with qualified personnel of VTT, Lithuanian Energy Institute and INERATEC, Germany.

The validation test for the complete gasification, gas cleaning, and FT-synthesis process were carried out. SXB-pilot plant was operated under gasification conditions continuously for 70 hours. The gasifier operation was satisfactory throughout the test, and there were no major process-related problems. The biomass residues were converted to Fischer-Tropsch wax and oil, which can be further refined to renewable transport fuels. Operation time with MOBSU-FT unit was roughly 61 hours.

EUBCE2019 - 27th  European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

The FLEXCHX project was presented at the 27th  European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE 2019 Conference) on 27-30th May 2019 in Lisbon (Portugal) by oral presentations:

FLEXCHX poster has been presented by Nerijus Striūgas, LEI during the EUBCE 2019, download here. VTT participated also in the side event of EUBCE Paving the way towards clean energy and fuels in Europe - Talks with research, industry and EU Member States on bioenergy, advanced biofuels and renewable fuels” on 29th May 2019 in Lisbon.

EUBCE 2019 Proceedings http://www.etaflorence.it/proceedings/

Title: Flexible Hybrid Process for Combined Production of Heat, Power and Renewable Feedstock for Refineries
Authors: Kurkela, E., Tuomi, S., Kurkela, M., Hiltunen, I.

Title: Integration of Waste Heat Streams into Industrial CHPs or District Heating Units
Authors: Skvorčinskienė, R., Striūgas, N., Kurkela, E., Bakas, R., Radinas, M.



Successful FLEXCHX Workshop in Lithuania!


On April 3, 2019, FLEXCHX held a well-attended industrial thematic workshop “Highly Flexible Combined Heat, Power and Transport Fuel Production – Prospective Technology in our Energy Future” in Kaunas, Lithuania. The Workshop was organized by Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Enerstena UAB and Kauno energija AB. The workshop was opened by director Dr. Sigitas Rimkevičius from LEI. The welcome speeches were given by Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas and Member of the Seimas, Chair for Commission for Energy and Sustainable Development, Virgilijus Poderys. The workshop included presentations from project participants as well as from invited speakers representing industries, raw material supply chain, policy makers, environmental organisations and financing bodies.

FLEXCHX project would like to thank all workshop participants for their great interest and participation in the discussions.

See Workshop Programme and Presentations here

See photos of the workshop


H2020 Contractor’s Workshop - Biofuels projects

23-24 May 2019, Brussels Belgium
VTT participated the workshop which indentified ways of finding synergies and collaborations between the on-going EU projects.

ProcessNet “Jahrestreffen der ProcessNet-Fachgruppe Energieverfahrenstechnik und des Arbeitsausschusses Thermische Energiespeicherung“
6.-7. March 2019 DECHEMA-Haus, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
Presented by DLR (programme)

4th Scientific SCI Meeting - Integrated Energy
20-21 September 2018, Location: DLR Stuttgart, Germany FLEXCHX Project: “Flexible combined production of power, heat and transport fuels from renewable energy sources” was presented by DLR at Scientific SCI Meeting. The presentation is available here.

H2020 Contractor’s Workshop - Biofuels and Alternative Fuels project
7 June 2018, Brussels Belgium 
The meeting gathered together the beneficiaries of on-going H2020 RIA and IA projects on biofuels and alternative fuels.

Horizon 2020 Workshop on Bioenergy, Advanced Biofuels and Renewable fuels
10-11 April 2018, Brussels Belgium
- VTT participated as a project coordinator.

Gasification 2018, ACI’s 7th Annual Gasification Summit
28-29 March 2018, Frankfurt Germany
http://www.wplgroup.com/aci/event/gasification/
- VTT participated with an oral presentation


Project meetings

1st Review Meeting and 4th Consortium Meeting of FLEXCHX project
The 1st FLEXCHX project Review meeting was successfully held on 13th November 2019 at VTT Bioruukki, Finland. During a half day meeting, the FLEXCHX consortium presented the project’s progress and achievements accomplished from the first 18 months of its implementation. During the Review day, the EC Project Officer, Daniel Maraver, and the participants were extensively informed about project’s work and the accomplishments that have been reached. Finally, the EC project officer thanked the project for the high quality work and encouraged to face the challenges at the end of the second period of FLEXCHX.

In the 4th Consortium Meeting on 13-14 November 2019 at VTT, the project participants were devided into working groups where they collaborated. The meeting included a visit to the VTT’s Piloting Centre Bioruukki.

3rd Consortium Meeting
4 April 2019, Kaunas, Lithuania
The 3rd FLEXCHX Consortium Meeting in Lithuania has been hosted by Lithuanian Energy Institute. Valuable discussions and ideas of the FLEXCHX project after one year of research work.

FLEXCHX Working Group & 2nd Consortium Meetings
17-18 September 2018, Espoo, Finland  
VVTT hosted the Working Group and 2nd Consortium Meetings at VTT Bioruukki, Espoo. Meetings were an important opportunity to disseminate project results and to discuss new ideas among the partners. The participants visited the Large Research Infrastructure at VTT Bioruukki test hall. In FLEXCHX project, the SXB gasification process will be developed and tested at the pressurized pilot plant. The existing pilot gasifier is currently adapted for the experiments to provide results.

FLEXCHX Kick-off Meeting
2 March 2018, Brussels Belgium
- Kick-off Meeting with Project Officer Mr. Daniel Maraver de Lemus, European Commission (EU).

 

 

Forest residues and sunflower husk converted to FT-products, March 2020.

FLEXCHX poster at the EUBCE 2019.

Minister of Energy, Žygimantas Vaičiūnas (Lithuania) opened the FLEXCHX Workshop on 3 April, 2019 in Lithuania (click photo to enlarge).

3rd Consortium Meeting on 4 April 2019 (click photo to enlarge).

FLEXCHX Meetings on 17-18 Sept. 2018 at VTT Bioruukki, Finland (click photo to enlarge).