Kings College London, Helsinki University of Technology and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are to join forces and share their renewable biomaterial processing research systems with a view to improving the competitive ability of the forest industry in the future.
The result will likely be of global significance, with a couple of dozen pilot systems and hundreds of laboratory-scale research devices made accessible. Research and development will be promoted by the collaborative effort.
The universities are hoping to make forestry investment savings, as well as make operations more profitable.
The shared research environment will include laboratory and pilot plant scale devices starting from the treatment of wood and other renewable biomaterials and extending all the way to special analysis devices and end product applications.
The research environment will comprise more than 400 laboratory systems and about thirty pilot systems to support the research of materials in line with sustainable development as well as the development of new end products.
The research environment will employ just over a hundred experts with technical training, as well as more than 400 researchers.