ETC’s Gebart ‘Obvious Choice’ for Heading New Gasification Centre

Bio4Engery programme director Stellan Marklund has welcomed the appointment of B4E scientist Rikard Gebart at the helm of a new Swedish Gasification Centre (SFC), calling it an “obvious choice”. Apart from heading B4E’s work on thermochemical issues, Gebart is an adjunct professor at Luleå University of Technology and the managing director of the Energy Technology Centre, at Piteå in northern Sweden.

“ETC’s research spans the whole spectrum of issues related to gasification. So it is only natural that ECT should lead the new research centre”, said Professor Marklund.

The appointment of Gebart at its helm produced a win-win situation for B4E and those involved in developing the new centre, Marklund said:

“It will strengthen Bio4Energy”. By cooperating, the new gasification centre and B4E would have “greater resources, greater opportunities for exchange and a greater network. It will be beneficial for everybody”.

Bio4Energy Scientist to Head National Gasification Centre

Rikard_Gebart_511Rikard Gebart has been appointed to lead the Swedish Gasification Centre, SFC. Photo by courtesy of Rikard Gebart.A senior Bio4Energy scientist has been appointed to head a new Swedish centre to advance research into gasification of woody biomass for producing biofuels and to facilitate collaboration between academia, industry and research institutes in the sector.

Rikard Gebart, currently at the helm of B4E’s Thermochemical Platform, will be directing the Swedish Gasification Centre (SFC) from its central hub at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) where he holds an adjunct professorship. Gebart is also managing director at the Piteå Energy Technology Centre, a research institute in northern Sweden.

Eight universities, one research institute and 22 industrial companies have signed up to be part of the SFC which is expected to draw two thirds of its funding from the Swedish government. A draft funding decision from the Swedish Energy Agency suggests that the centre will operate on a budget of SEK59 million (€6.6 m) in the first two years.  

The aim of the centre is to develop gasification technology that will turn forest-sourced biomass into energy-efficient automotive biofuels that produce no or minimal polluting emissions when combusted. Those could be dimethyl ether (DME), metanol or methane-based substitutes for natural gas.

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Researchers to Talk Cross-Cutting Projects at Lövånger

This month Bio4Energy researchers will meet at Lövånger, between the northern Swedish towns of Umeå and Skellefteå, to flesh the out the research programme’s vision with further concrete goals and projects for the next five years. A further aim of the 2-3 May meeting is to develop cross-cutting projects between B4E’s seven platforms, each of which is responsible for conducting research to advance scientific research on a certain segment in the biorefinery value chain.

The projects will be at the root of developing collaborations with forestry industry to design efficient process for developing fuels and products from biomass, such as wood and woody refuse.

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Bio4Energy participates in f3

Bio4Energy will collaborate with Swedish universities, research institues and companies to develop renewable fuels for transportation. By increased collaboration between researchers, companies and government authorities, the goal is that research results will be used to an greater extent. The centre will provide scientifically based information for politicians, government authorities, industry and other organisations, and in that way contribute to future essential R&D investments within the field.

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PhD Student Course: Product-oriented Wood Supply and Fibre Processing

Sven-Olof Lundqvist of the Bio4Energy research partner Innventia will arrange a course in co-operation with FPIRC (Forest Products Industry Research College) and KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm 5-7 April 2011. The course is open to PhD students from Sweden and abroad.

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