Bioenergy and Green materials
The Lantmännen Research Foundation supports research into developing sustainable production systems. Within this focus area, we are interested in projects that utilise the potential in the entire agricultural process chain and that contribute to a bio-based society. Within Lantmännen, we primarily handle grain, but also other crops such as grassland, rapeseed, peas and beans.
Bioenergy and biorefineries of the future
Bioethanol is one of the products Lantmännen produces today, a renewable fuel that is refined from grain and starch rich residual products from the food industry. In order to take a step towards more advanced biofuels, we are looking for projects based on other agricultural commodities, such as grassland and hay.
Environmentally green energy and fuel components are another prioritised area. Here, we are looking for renewable components that can replace the mineral oil based components that are used today in e.g. alkylate petrol. It is important that these do not contain oxygen due to current legislation. Our goal is to create a project portfolio with the long-term aim of developing both existing and new energy products, the use of new raw materials and production processes.
Green Materials and Biochemicals
Our raw materials have big potential in the development of new green, fossil free materials and biochemicals, for packaging materials, binding agents, oils, chainsaw oil, fuel components etc. Sidestreams from the milling industry, such as wheat bran and oat husks, are dominant raw materials in the materials projects we have engaged in to date. However, we are not restricted to these raw materials, other raw materials are also interesting. Examples of other streams that are of interest and that are produced in our biorefineries include starch, gluten, fibre, draff, biogen carbon dioxide and bioethanol.
Increased value in product streams and side streams
Most of the industries in the sector are bio refineries, which will become profitable by using every stream more efficiently. Grain, straw, beans, peas and rapeseed contain many components with the potential to contribute to a bio-based society, such as starch, protein, fibre, hemicellulose, lignin, extractive substances etc. Grassland, catch and intermediate crops are other important products that we would like to add value to. Research projects that focus on new application areas for increased value and further processing are of interest to us. We are also interested in projects that address the challenge in the production process of new components (extraction, yield, dewatering, purity, modification, film formation etc.), upscaling and how the process affects the properties of the end product.
If you have a project idea, we would be happy to discuss choice of materials and processes before you submit your application.