- Written by Anna Strom
"For us it means that we become part of an even larger company. We are a subsidiary to SP with its 1,500 employees and fully owned by them. RISE for its part has about 2,500 people working for them... I think we will be strengthened by coming together and creating something larger. At the end of the day it is about the [Swedish] government and Ministry of Enterprise [and Innovation] receiving the means to support the industry sector in a better way. There will be more financing and hopefully we will have an expanded mandate to set our research agenda. When it comes to the parties in Bio4Energy, this will also affect Innventia", Marklund said.
"I think [the consolidation] will be for the better. It will be good to work more closely with the people at SP, while continuing to cooperate with industry as closely as before. We foresee that the closer connections with today's SP will bring benefits", Lundqvist said.
Current R&D projects at the SP ETC centre on the upgrading of liquefied biomass, which the researchers hope will be used later down the line to make advanced drop-in biofuels, on the one hand. On the other, SP ETC’s long-running Bio4Energy project on high-temperature gasification of forestry residues, using a technology called entrained-flow biomass gasification, will entre its third development phase in which researchers and technicians will work to apply the new processes in various industrial contexts.
"We study the practical fundaments of pressurised gasification of biomass and try to improve the process using new generic knowledge that has been brought about thanks to the work in Bio4Energy", Marklund said.
"The purpose is to make products such as synthesis gas, biofuels and bio power from renewable resources", Marklund said.
Bio4Energy's group at Innventia, for its part, is busy building on its large mapping project of the characteristics of 6,000 spruce trees.
Said Lundqvist: "We are developing new methods based on imaging [near infrared spectroscopy] NIR to allow us to make measurements across surfaces so as to take spectroscopic pictures. These methods and the very detailed information we obtain will be used not only in Bio4Energy, but also in related projects", among them two projects run by the Bio4Energy associated members Hannele Tuominen of Umeå University and Harry Wu of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, respectively.