About the project

SunAlfa is a project aimed at quantifying key factors for the development and commercialization of production chains for biofuels from forest raw materials based on hydrothermal wood liquefaction (bark, sawdust, GROT, etc.). Two systems for processing wood raw material into finished renewable automotive fuels will be analysed:

  1. Catalytic hydroprocessing (refinery mode or stand-alone)
  2. Gasification in suspension bed gasifier and synthesis gas upgrading to methanol/DME or Fischer Tropsch liquids

The project is focused on analysing the current processes at the system level from raw material to final product and aims to highlight environmental and sustainability aspects and techno-economic conditions for commercialization.


Lars Stigsson, Kiram AB


Christian Stigsson, Pål Börjesson, Ola Wallberg and Christian Hulteberg, Lund University // Erik Furusjl, RISE

Time plan
Septe,ber 2018 - December 2020

Total project cost
3 600 000 SEK

Swedish Energy Agency, the f3 partners, Kiram AB, Lund University and RISE

Swedish Energy Agency's project number within the collaborative research program