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september, 2023

26sep13:0014:45Launch webinarHolmenHackathon – Ash to assets


Have you ever wondered about the untapped potential hidden in everyday by-products? At Holmen, one of the biggest sawmill producers in Sweden, we’re diving deep into one specific query: How can we transform wood ash – a by-product from our biofuel boilers created during the heating and drying process of wood – from waste to wonder?

Our mission is clear: to uncover a sustainable, profitable, and either circular or renewable avenue for this ash. Annual wood ash production of Holmen factories is approximately 450 tons. While there’s undeniable value in returning some of it to our forests and land, we believe there’s a world of innovative possibilities out there waiting to be discovered.

Your creativity and passion are the keys.

To those who rise to this challenge, Holmen offers an exciting opportunity. Successful Hackathon participants will be given a chance for business collaboration, opening doors to joint projects or pilot ventures to bring your visionary ideas to life.

We invite you to become part of this unique opportunity to tackle our challenge. Together with Holmen’s experts and the companies in our BioBoosters network, you will have the opportunity to develop innovative methods and solutions. Are you the one to solve the challenge?



Times in CEST.

13.00-13.05 Welcome, Eva Fridman, BioFuel Region, moderator

13.05-13.25 Present situation for wood ash in Sweden, Stefan Andersson, soil and ash expert Swedish Forest Agency 

13.30-13.50 Wood ash in Finland, what’s going on? Finnish expert, to be confirmed 

13.55-14.15 HolmenHackathon call, Marcus Kyrk, project manager, Holmen  

14.15-14-25 Questions 

14.25-14.40 The BioBoosters concept, Anna Aalto, Jyväskylä University of Applied Science 

14.40-14. 45 Closing words, Eva Fridman, BioFuel Region 


(Tisdag) 13:00 - 14:45