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Integral system analysis

Integral system analysis is a robust tool for evaluating the feasibility of technologies and their integration in value-chains under industrial environments.

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Integral system analysis can be applied to all Technology Readiness Levels (TRL).

It supports the development of new concepts and pilot plants as well as assists to identify improvements in the design and operation of present commercial technologies. Ultimately, integral system analysis helps to select cost-effective technologies for integration in value chains in order to meet societal needs and market-driven prices.

We work within these areas:

  • Production of heat and power from biomass and waste
  • Production of liquid biofuels via Gasification and Fischer-Tropsch
  • Thermal pretreatment of forest biomass and wet organic waste
  • Production and utilization of biocarbon
  • Hydrothermal conversion of wet biomass to heat, power and liquid biofuels


The Integral System Analysis methodology (see figure below) is multidisciplinary, combining process modelling, equipment engineering and design, operation and maintenance, reliable costing, risks and economic viability.

Why choose SINTEF?

  • SINTEF performs reliable analysis of technologies and value chains based on scientific results from experiments and/or detailed process simulation.

  • SINTEF uses parametric mathematical models of technologies and value chains that includes all the aspects that are relevant for assessing their technical and economic performance. This allows us to perform sensitivity analysis and optimization based on specific parameters.

  • SINTEF uses probabilistic models to account for the uncertainties associated with the technologies and value chains.

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GasBio - Gasification for Biofuels

GasBio - Gasification for Biofuels


Future production of Second Generation Biofuels in Norway requires building of long term competence in thermochemical biomass conversion (i.e. gasification). GasBio aims to fulfil this national need.

BioCarb+ – Enabling the biocarbon value chain for energy

BioCarb+ – Enabling the biocarbon value chain for energy


The overall objective of BioCarb+ is development of new strategies for use of low-grade biomass, pulpwood and energy wood resources for biocarbon (BC) production for raw material for industrial applications (reduction agent / metallurgical coke) and...