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Optimized Utilisation of Salix - OPTUS

In this large collaborative project, we study alternative uses of Salix wood as raw material in production of biofuels and novel bio-chemicals.

All the projects in OPTUS, illustration.

Logotyo for the research projects OPTUS, illustration.

Shrinking natural resources on Earth and increasing environmental pollution makes it necessary to replace the current economy's linear flow of non-renewable fossil-based fuels and chemicals to waste with a circular and sustainable utilisation of our limited resources.

In a bio-based economy, residues that are currently seen as costly environmental problems are valuable raw materials in new bio-refineries. In our five different sub-project we are examining all aspects of sustainable production of high value chemicals and biofuels from Salix biomass. Read more about them below.

New book on bioenergy

In the new book "Tackling climate change with carbon-negative bioenergy", OPTUS researchers has contributed with a chapter on sustainable production of willow for biofuel use.

Young green trees on a field, photo.

About the OPTUS project

Read more about the aims of the projects and how the different projects connect to each other.

A man is measuring a salix twig, photo.


How is the OPTUS projects organised? Read more about it here.

Published: 05 February 2024 - Page editor: cajsa.lithell@slu.se

Project coordinator for OPTUS:

Ann-Christin Rönnberg Wästljung
Associate Professor in Genetics and Plant breeding

E-mail: anki.wastljung@slu.se
Telephone: +46 (0) 18 673316