Keynote Presentation

November 1 - 4, 2020 | Atlanta, GA

2019 Keynote Presentation

Tuesday, October 29, 2019  •    8:30AM - 10:00AM


Jukka Makinen

Jukka Mäkinen

Director of Research and Development, Valmet


Keynote Presentation:

 "Developing the Cost Effective and Sustainable Biorefinery"

As growing concerns about climate change have led many companies to look for alternatives to fossil-based fuels and material, we are witnessing a new trend: pulp mills turning into multi-product biorefineries that utilize all biomass components instead of producing single grade pulp.

This shift has produced new value-added revenue streams such as biocoal production from bark, lignin extractions from black liquor and methanol, and nanocellulose production. To help pulp mills transform into cost effective and sustainable biorefineries, Valmet is developing a “total pulp mill” concept.

Jukka Mäkinen will discuss Valmet’s concept and the key components for developing a modern biorefinery. He will also address how new revenue streams can be integrated into pulp mill operations without jeopardizing pulp production, and how they can benefit mill platforms and utilities.

About Our Keynote Speaker

Jukka Mäkinen graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1993 with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Licentiate of Technology. Since graduation, he has been working for Valmet in several different positions related to paper machinery technologies, process automation, and pulp and energy technologies.

His began his career as a development engineer for paper coating processes and then as a chief project engineer in coating machine delivery projects. In 2000, he started working for paper machine automation solutions and shifted to pulp and energy R&D in 2012. He has led R&D specialist teams working on process modeling, material technology and thermo-chemical processes. Recently, he has been working on the kraft pulp mill based biorefinery concept with a focus on the new revenue streams based on biotechnologies and improved resource utilization.