New innovative solutions to forest biomass supply in the EU

Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) has merged with other institutes and the new name is Natural Resources Institute Finland- LUKE. Luke is coordinating a research and development project ‘Innovative and effective technology and logistics for forest residual biomass supply in the EU –INFRES’. The project is funded from the EU’s 7th framework programme. INFRES aims at high efficiency and precise deliveries of woody feedstock  to heat, power and biorefining industries.

INFRES is supporting EU renewable energy targets

The challenge of European Union renewable energy programme is to mobilize the existing forest biomass in cost-efficient and sustainable way. INFRES aims to accelerate the technological development and to open paths to EU´s renewable targets by producing research based knowledge, technological solutions and service innovations for forest residue feedstock supply. Research projects alone are not sufficient to support the development to reach the objectives of 2020. As a result, the European Union’s research funding has been recently targeted to innovation and demonstration projects.

INFRES will develop new machines, transportation solutions and ICT systems for whole supply chain management

INFRES concentrates to develop concrete machines for logging and processing of energy biomass together with transportation solutions and ICT systems to manage
the entire supply chain. The aim is to improve the competitiveness of forest energy by reducing the fossil energy consumption and the material loss during the supply chains. New hybrid technology is demonstrated in machines and new improved cargo-space solutions are tested in chip trucks. Flexible fleet management systems are developed to run the harvesting, chipping and transport operations. In addition, the functionality and environmental effects of developed technologies are evaluated as a part of whole forest energy supply chain.