- Written by Anna Strom
produce a "win-win situation" for industry and academia and spur
innovation, a workshop in Sweden for industry people and bioenergy scientists have heard.
“What is unique about northern Sweden”, Marklund asked rethorically, sweeping his gaze over the participants of the joint meeting by B4E and Processum at Örnsköldsvik.
“It is those test sites (which) industry can use”, just as can biorefinery and bioenergy researchers, he said;
“If we join together we can create a win-win situation… (that can spur) innovation and put the technologies to good use for society.
“It think we can go far”.
Drawing together representatives of their member organisations 1 December, B4E and partner organisation Processum proposed that firms, universities and research institutes deepen their cooperation on development facilities for making biofuels and "green" chemicals.
A string of such test sites line the coast of northeastern Sweden, which range from laboratory scale “pilot” installations to full-blown industrial production demonstration units. A notable example of the latter would be the Ethanol Pilot at Örnsköldsvik at which, each day, ten “bioreactors” process the equivalent of two tonnes of biomass—sourced from forests, agricultural waste or fiber sludge from industrial processes—producing biofuels or “green” chemicals from input material to marketable product. At the other end of the range, a reactor the size of an adult’s hand has been developed by scientists at Luleå University of Technology to demonstrate a technology for combustion of forest-sourced biomass.
The move came as Processum unveiled a park of ten “pilot equipments” which, by adding medium-sized testing facilities to the existing line up of test sites in northeastern Sweden, closed the biorefinery value chain in terms of trials carried out on various scales ahead of launching industrial production. Engström said northern Sweden's range of biorefinery development facilities was “unique” since it allowed researchers to test nearly all types of biorefinery raw materials sourced from forests or organic waste, as well as whole processes or a combination of such.
To that, a number of researchers or technicians took the floor to present pilot installations scattered throughout the region. These will be introduced briefly on this website.
*Just days after the meeting, local public radio (P4) announced that the Municipality of Örnsköldsvik was considering spending an annual 500,000 Swedish kronor (€55,133) for three years on the development of bio-based products such as, well, biofuels and "green" chemicals. The monies would go into a project called Biorefinery of the Future led by Processum.
Press coverage of this event that we are aware of was provided by:
Pulp & Paper News
Please refer to the 'In the Press' column on the homepage of bio4energy.se.