By the end of this week 32 people from Sweden and other countries  B4G Res 611Scientists in Bio4Gasification, the research arm of the Swedish Centre of Biomass Gasification. At the centre of the front row is its leader, Rikard Gebart of the Luleå University of Technology. Photo by Anna Strom©.
with a professional interest in biomass gasification research and development are set to know more on the subject.

From 13 to 17 August, leading experts on biomass gasification are giving the year-old Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification's first ever summer school for graduate students and industry-based engineers, at Luleå University of Technology in northern Sweden.

The gasification experts—a number of whom are researchers in Bio4Energy—are at Luleå to share their knowledge on ways in which to turn forest-sourced biomass or organic waste into synthesis gas—an energy rich gas suitable for being turned into heating or automotive fuels with a minimal environmental impact—and to avoid pitfalls on the way.

"The students get a much deeper and broader perspective on gasification issues (than if they had) just worked on their individual PhD projects", said SFC coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., adding, "including on techniques that are not covered in their own work".

On the eve of the second day, he is bullish about the teaching and response to it, having hoped for 20-or-so people to attend the summer school but ending up with 32.

"The students are really interested and ask a lot of questions. It's a first-rate course for PhD students. We have drawn together the top experts (in biomass gasification) to teach it".

Asked if there was anything more he could have hoped for, Gebart put an even stronger show of industry-based professionals at the top of his wish list.

"We are planning to run this course again. We hope that it will be of interest also for those working in industry", he said. However, he revealed, already in this first run of the course about a fifth of the participants were industry folk.

The B4E scientist Gebart has been heading the SFC since its opening about a year ago. B4E is an academic partner and a co-sponsor of this "national competence centre", as Sweden-based insiders like to call it.

Gebart is visibly happy with the outcome of the national collaboration and summer school, both;

"It's great to see that people are so interested. A lot of effort went into (the summer school), but it looks like it's working out well. I am really happy about it".

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