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Steeper Energy partners with Silva Green fuel

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Steeper Energy is partnering with Silva Green Fuel to construct a €50.6 million industrial scale demonstration plant at a former pulp mill located in Tofte, Norway.

It is planned that the demonstration plant will eventually lead to a future commercial scale project.

Steeper will license its proprietary Hydrofaction™ technology to Silva, who will build the facility over the next 18 months. The demonstration plant will use woody residues as feedstock that are converted to renewable crude oil and, in turn, will be upgraded to renewable diesel, jet or marine fuel.

The Hydrofaction technology harnesses water brought to super-critical conditions, to cost-effectively convert biomass to high value liquid biofuels.

The partnership between Silva Green Fuel and Steeper will confirm engineering data and design protocols to de-risk future commercial scale facilities planned to be built by Silva and will be offered by Steeper globally to other biofuel project developers.

Steeper Energy’s Co-Founder and CEO, Perry Toms, said: “This partnership positions Steeper Energy as a leader in providing advanced renewable fuels that can not only help reduce net carbon emissions, but also produce in-demand renewable diesel for use in heavy and long-haul transport sectors […] We are providing a cost-effective solution to address carbon reduction targets for this crucial segment of the economy.”

Silva is a joint venture between Norway’s Statkraft and Sweden’s Södra.

The partnership with Steeper Energy is the first step towards Silva producing commercial-scale transport biofuels.

These projects can be located wherever biomass feedstock is available, opening the possibility of monetising existing waste streams, addressing urban organic waste management issues or powering remote communities.

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