High-value carbons from agricultural sidestreams

  • Preparing for new era of bioeconomy centered around agricultural biomass and creating value for unutilized agricultural side streams​
  • Replacing fossil-based carbon in high-value applications such as battery carbons ​
  • Building new industry around high value and renewable carbon to Finland​
  • BioCarbonValueengages whole value chain including leading companies that can make change from feedstock sourcing to end user of high value carbons


BioCarbonValue aims to develop alternative carbon materials to replace fossil-based carbon in high-value applications such as energy storage systems, biocomposites, and purification processes. Biocarbon (or biochar) production is a newly emerging industry that benefits climate and the environment while offering multi-billion euro business opportunities.

BioCarbonValue is funded by Business Finland through ExpandFibre partnership call in 2022.

ExpandFibre is an R&D collaboration and an Ecosystem launched by Fortum and Metsä Group to accelerate the development of sustainable bioproducts. It focuses on upgrading pulp fibres, hemicellulose and lignin from renewable and sustainable sources of straw and northern wood into new bioproducts. Its ambition is to meet the growing demands for sustainable textile fibres and other added value biomaterials.

Background of the project is also in LAB and Fortum collaboration under the Vihreän kasvun biokylä-project. The project focused on sustainability and margins of the supply chain of straw and agrowaste from fields into biorefinery and implementation with Fortum (Bio2X) and the farmers in Päijät-Häme region (appr. 500). In addition the problems and limits of the utilization of field biomass were brought forward and clarified.

Project Goals

Project aims at supporting the development business ecosystem around agro-sidestreams. This will be implemented by evaluation of the entire value chain of biocarbon production. Main points of the value chain consideration are:​

  • Considering sustainability aspects of the value chain, including sourcing, cultivation and harvesting
  • Utilizing agro-based materials for high-value biocarbons
  • Modelingmass balance calculation, simulations, and techno-economic assessment (TEA)
  • Application tests for end-use: energy storage, biocomposites and water purification
  • Biocarbon market foresight

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Duration: 1.1.2023-31.12.2024

Budget: 1.2 million Euros

Project type: Co-research

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Research Partners and contacts:

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Virpi Siipola, tel: +358 40 823 7143

email: firstname.lastname@vtt.fi

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Annakaisa Elo, tel: +358 50 478 7695

email: firstname.lastname@lab.fi

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