VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the largest internationally networked R&D centre for applied research in Northern Europe, harnessing high technology to develop scientific solutions for sustainable development and creating new business opportunities. VTT’s mission is to produce research and innovation services that enhance the international competitiveness of companies, society and other customers as well as to create the prerequisites for society’s sustainable development, employment and wellbeing. VTT has focused its activities based on strong vision for industrial exploitation and customer potential in Finland, potential to achieve global technology excellence level, building on multidisciplinary approach and taking into account the global RD competence situation and VTT’s investment capabilities.

VTT’s activities are focused on three business areas: Knowledge intensive products and services (KIPS), Smart industry and energy systems (IND) and Solutions for natural resources and environment (SONE). The SONE business area aims to be one of the global key players in the fields of bioeconomy and cleantech through networking with the best international partners. In SONE, the main target is to develop innovations for industrial ecosystems that support the utilization of natural resources. Industrial biotechnology, biofuel and bioenergy concepts, biomass and food processing technologies as well as process technology and environmental engineering are its core research focus areas. The research is supported by a unique laboratory and pilot infrastructure in thermochemical processing, industrial biotechnology, biofuel production as well as fibre and composite technologies.

Research Focus (of relevance to BRISK2):

  • Biomass and waste gasification
  • Pyrolysis
  • Catalyst R&D
  • Syngas cleaning and upgrading
  • Combustion
  • Biomass characterization and reactivity

The installations offered in BRISK2 include bench-scale gasification, combustion and pyrolysis units, a thermogravimetric analyzer for feedstock reactivity analysis, fixed-bed reactors suited for catalyst development and syngas clean-up studies and a small-scale Fischer-Tropsch synthesis unit.


  • Bench-scale bubbling fluidized-bed gasification test facility (BFB)
  • Pressurized thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA)
  • Atmospheric fixed-bed reactor (AFBR)
  • Pressurized fixed-bed reactor (PFBR)
  • Mobile synthesis unit (MSU)
  • Bench-scale fast pyrolysis unit (FPU)
  • Bench-scale slow pyrolysis unit (SPU)
  • Bench-scale bubbling and circulating fluidized-bed combustion units (FBCU)


PartnerLocationRig CodeRig NameRig StatusRig Contact
VTTFinlandVTT1Bubbling Fluidized Bed gasification Process Development Unit (BFB)UnavailableSanna Tuomi
VTTFinlandVTT2Pressurized Thermo Gravimetric Analyser (TGA)UnavailableSanna Tuomi
VTTFinlandVTT3Atmospheric Fixed Bed Reactor (AFBR)UnavailableSanna Tuomi
VTTFinlandVTT4Pressurized Fixed Bed ReactorUnavailableSanna Tuomi
VTTFinlandVTT5Mobile Synthesis UnitUnavailableSanna Tuomi
VTTFinlandVTT6Fast Pyrolysis UnitUnavailableSanna Tuomi
VTTFinlandVTT7Slow Pyrolysis UnitAvailableSanna Tuomi
VTTFinlandVTT8Bench-scale Bubbling and Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion UnitsUnavailableSanna Tuomi


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Sanna Tuomi

Sanna Tuomi

Lead Partner & TA Contact

Biofuels Research Infrastructure

This website is produced and edited by the European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University, UK on behalf of BRISKII, which is funded by Horizon 2020. Grant Agreement Number 731101. Any opinions or material contained within are those of contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of EU Horizon 2020, Aston University or any other organisation.

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