The Norwegian Biorefinery Laboratory (NorBioLab) is a national research infrastructure for bioenergy and biorefinery research. NorBiolab is one of 80 national research infrastructures in Norway (2017) and the only infrastructure addressing biorefinery research.
NorBioLab aims to strengthen cooperation between national stakeholders involved in the development of processes for sustainable conversion of Norwegian land and sea-based biomass into new, environmentally friendly biochemicals, biomaterials and bioenergy products. With advanced research tools, the laboratory aims to help develop new climate- and environment- friendly processes and products based on forest, agricultural and marine biomass, and to verify new technological processes before further implementation. NorBioLab focus in particular on providing testing and demonstration services within biofuel and energy but the area of food and feed and biochemicals is increasingly becoming important business areas.
NorBioLab is available both to national and international stakeholders (universities, institutes and industries), providing its services to companies on commercial contract basis as well as engaging in research and development projects with co-financing from national (e.g. the Research Council of Norway) and international Public funding (e.g. H2020). NorBioLab is headed by RISE PFI and is performed in partnership with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO).
Norwegian national infrastructures are financed by the Norwegian Government through the Research Council of Norway, based on the belief that research is the basis for finding the solution to many of the major knowledge challenges facing society, both nationally and globally (e.g. relating to health, welfare, climate and energy) and that with access to the right tools the research community can meet these challenges.