Fortum enters into partnership with Spinnova to continue building its bio-based ecosystem

Fortum enters into partnership with Spinnova to continue building its bio-based ecosystem

May 13, 2019
Press Release: Fortum

From agricultural waste to textile fiber – Spinnova becomes part of Fortum’s bio-based ecosystem

Fortum and Spinnova Oy, a developer of sustainable textile fiber, have entered into a partnership to produce fiber from agro residues and woody biomass. The cooperation is another step towards Fortum’s strategy to build options for significant new businesses that improve resource efficiency and provide smart solutions for a cleaner world.

Fortum is currently evaluating different biomass fractionation technologies and has identified microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) as one potential intermediate product from the cellulose fraction. Spinnova’s technology, presently in the large industrial-scale piloting phase, turns MFC directly into fiber without any dissolving or harmful chemical processes. The process is closed and the resulting recyclable fiber is a more sustainable alternative to cotton and fossil-based raw materials used in various textile fibers and fabrics.

“Spinnova’s disruptive technology is unique in the world,” said Heli Antila, vice president, Biobased solutions at Fortum. “We are delighted to be able to pilot it together using innovative raw materials, especially agro residues. In the bioeconomy, studying a wide range of material and process options is necessary in order to achieve optimal application qualities. Therefore, working together with technology companies at an early phase is crucial. We want to engage key industry players to cooperate in the development and production of sustainable materials.”

The partnership with Spinnova is funded by a program run by Business Finland, a public agency providing research funding to Finnish companies, to advance the bio and circular economy. The total value of the programme is €14.4 million. Fortum has received funding from the program to develop value-added products from agro residues and woody biomass.

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