Sekab has extensive collaboration with research institutes, universities, authorities, vehicle manufacturers and other companies in the forest and chemical industry. Our collaboration with the other companies in the Domsjö development area gives us a broad network within the forest and process industry.
SEKAB is a member of interest groups such as Svebio and BioFuelRegion. In these networks, we work together towards a sustainable future through a transition to renewable fuels.
The Domsjö development area has emerged as the hub for a cluster of companies within various parts of the process industry. SEKAB is one of these companies. We make up the associated company Processum together with other players in the chemical field, the municipality and the county administrative board.
Processum is also called the Biorefinery of the Future. The main areas of work are research coordination, business development and marketing. The idea behind Processum is to develop new products within a biorefinery concept. The collaboration takes place in projects and through regional presence as an industrial party.
Processum has been created to help the members interact in order to achieve a greater impact and synergy effects from their business. One of Processum’s tasks is to develop existing companies and work for the establishment of new companies with a focus on process chemistry, process technology and process control. What they have in common is the desire to utilise and refine the enormous renewable natural resources of the forest. Through innovative solutions, Processum’s members want to contribute to sustainable development and a greener society.
Members: AkzoNobel, Brux, Domsjö, Eurocon, Holmen Skog, Innovationsbron, Metso Power, MoRe Research, M-real, Ragn-Sells, SEKAB, Sveaskog, Örnsköldsviks Kommun och Övik Energi.
F3 is a knowledge centre for the development of renewable fuels for transportation in Sweden. F3 stands for “fossil free fuels”.
The Knowledge Centre supports and conducts research projects within the field of renewable fuels. Providing decision-makers with the best possible basis for continuing to drive developments in the area is also an important task.
F3 operates under the auspices of Chalmers Industrial Engineering and other participating players are the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Lund University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Umeå University. Umeå University also collaborates closely with Luleå University and the Energy Technology Centre in Piteå in this area, consequently their expertise will be also utilised within F3.
Together with the industry the other participants are the three research institutes: IVL the Swedish Environmental Research Institute, SP Sweden’s Technical Research Institute and Innventia. The industrial companies that currently support the centre are Preem, Perstorp, Göteborg Energi, E.ON Sweden, Scania, SEKAB E-Technology and Volvo Technology. The operations are also financed by the Swedish Energy Agency and the Västra Götaland region.
The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is Brazil’s largest collective organisation representing sugar, ethanol and bio-electricity producers. UNICA’s members account for more than 50 per cent of all ethanol produced in Brazil and 60 per cent of all sugarcane production in the world.
The organisation acts both nationally and in the international arena. The main purpose is to strengthen the position of the Brazilian sugarcane industry as a modern supplier of ethanol, sugar and renewable electricity with a focus on sustainable development. At the same time, UNICA wants to strengthen the image of ethanol as a clean renewable fuel.
SEKAB collaborated with UNICA within the verified sustainable ethanol initiative.
Svebio is a non-profit organisation that works to promote the development and use of bioenergy in a sustainable society, both in Sweden and in the global arena. The organisation is a collective force and a natural meeting place for companies and individual members in the bioenergy industry.
The member companies cover the entire production chain in the field of bioenergy. From the raw materials and the transport and trading companies, through the processing plants such as pellets factories and biofuel producers to the end users of bioenergy in heating plants and in industries. What all the members have in common is that they are working for the development of bioenergy.
The BioFuel Region is a regional organisation that supports the introduction of biofuels in western Norrland.
The organisation works for a faster and smoother social transition to renewable biofuels and is a collaboration between municipalities, companies, county administrative boards, county councils and universities in Västernorrland and Västerbotten County.
SEKAB is one of the initiators of the BioFuel Region and supports the work both financially and through various types of commitments.
EKAB and Taurus Energy have a joint research and development cooperation on processes for extracting ethanol from cellulose, primarily the development of pentose fermenting yeast strains.
At SEKAB’s demonstration plant we have carried out several rounds of tests of Taurus Energy’s specially developed yeast strains which ferment sugars that are common in cellulose. Fermenting these sugars into alcohol is an important part of the work in creating a commercial process for the production of cellulose ethanol. Together, SEKAB and Taurus Energy have been able to demonstrate that the yeast strains function on an industrial scale.
EuropaBio stands for the European Association for Bioindustries and is an organisation that works to promote the biotech industry in Europe.
Among other things, the organisation collaborates on issues relating to lignocellulosic-based ethanol within the EU.
Members of the organisation are players in the fields of research, development, production and the commercialisation of biotechnological products and processes.
Scania is a leading manufacturer of heavy lorries, buses and industrial and marine engines. Scania has, together with SEKAB, developed customised diesel engines for ED95 – our ethanol-based fuel for heavy transport vehicles.
In 1986, Scania’s first ED95-adapted buses came into operation in public traffic. Today, Scania’s third generation of ethanol engines is on our roads in the form of lorries, buses and service vehicles.
KOMTEK is a municipal technology and entrepreneur centre at which the Technical Museum is a national coordinator.
By collaborating and supporting KOMTEK’s activities, SEKAB wants to raise the interest in chemistry and technology among children and young people, future engineers, innovators and chemists.
Corporate Trainers is an economic association in which SEKAB collaborates with companies in Örnsköldsvik around qualitative and cost-effective training solutions on the home front.