12 January, 23:18
AaltoCell technology allows ecological and fast production of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). Aalto University and Andritz Oy have agreed on cooperation to commercialise AaltoCell technology for the global market.
AaltoCell, a technology developed under the lead of professor Olli Dahl, allows high capacity production of MCC in pulp mills instead of small production units, using significantly smaller quantities of chemicals than before.
MCC is nearly 100% cellulose that is easily digestible for ruminants and offers a good source of energy. According to professor Dahl, its most promising volume markets can be found in the animal feed industry.
In addition to commercialisation, the agreement includes multiannual research cooperation that aims to develop new bio products with high processing value using MCC produced with the AaltoCell technology. So far, high production costs have restricted the use of MCC but, in the future, new applications may be found in several fields of industry. In addition, the sugars generated in the manufacturing process can be used to produce bio-based chemicals, such as ethanol.