Analysis and evaluation of energy integration measures in biorefinery clusters in a systems perspective
Research Project , 2016 – 2019

The transition to a resource-efficient bioeconomy will require large investments into industry and infrastructure. With this project, we aim to 1) develop tools for energy measure assessment in biorefinery clusters, 2) increase the awareness about tools and opportunities for energy efficiency measures, 3) contribute to increased energy efficiency among the participating industries. We will base the project on two case studies of forest-based clusters. These represent typical cases where a systems perspective is needed in order to maximize economic and environmental performance. The cases will be analyzed using tools in the form of total site analysis, scenarios and energy- and carbon balance calculations in a life-cycle perspective. Strengths, weaknesses and general applicability of the tools will be discussed and communicated broadly to forest industry and related stakeholders.


Simon Harvey (contact)

Full Professor at Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology

Roman Hackl

Doktorand at Industrial Energy Systems and Technologies

Matteo Morandin

Forskarassistent at Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology


Akzo Nobel Functional Chemicals AB

Domsjö, Sweden

Domsjö Fabriker

Domsjö, Sweden

Frontway AB

Norrköping, Sweden

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Stockholm, Sweden

Mid Sweden University

Sundsvall, Sweden

Övik Energi AB

Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Göteborg, Sweden


Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Sundsvall Energi AB

Sundsvall, Sweden


Swedish Energy Agency

Funding Chalmers participation during 2016–2019

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