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Neste participating in Treesearch research platform focusing on forest based materials

The Treesearch research platform was inaugurated in Sweden in late May. To date it is Sweden’s largest investment in research and the development of knowledge and competence in the field of materials and chemicals from the forest. Leading renewable hydrocarbon producer Neste is one of the parties involved in the long-term research investment.

Treesearch, where the continuation of the Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) is a central factor, involves allocations of more than one billion SEK (US$113 million) over a 10-year period.

About 250 doctoral candidates will conduct their research studies on the platform. It is a significant number considering that the Swedish forestry industry today has 70 active researchers with researcher training.

Particular focus is being put on attracting and developing young researcher talents and linking basic research to challenge-driven research. An interim objective is also to raise the level and depth of research, and hence the development of the forestry industry.

Treesearch is supported by KTH, Chalmers and Linköping University, the Central University, Lund University and industry represented by Neste, BillerudKorsnäs, Stora Enso, Holmen, SCA, Svea skog, Södra, Tetra Pak, Ahlström-Munksjö and Vinnova through BioInnovation and Knut and Alice of the Wallenberg Foundation.

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Engineer-Poet

The supply of forestry materials is severely limited by net primary productivity (NPP).  The hard ceiling of NPP is why so much of the western world was denuded of trees when they were the major source of both important building materials and heating fuel.

I know nothing about the forestry-products output of Sweden.  Perhaps its resource is underutilized, or it has lots of byproducts which aren't usable except as e.g. wood pellets.  Making better use of them is fine, but representing them as a major solution when the supply is inherently limited to rather low levels... that is not.

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