The annual Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting is about to kick UREM 16312 052Hannele Tuominen of the Umeå Plant Science Centre hands Johannes Messinger of Umeå University a gift at the close of last year's Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting. Photo by Bio4Energy.
off 25 February with 250 participants registered and several sessions chaired by Bio4Energy researchers—more than in any of the previous four UREMs given on both accounts.

The following morning will be given over mainly to biochemical conversion of forest-sourced biomass to fuels or “green” chemicals, drawing on enzymatic or microbial conversion routes. These sessions (3 and 4) will be chaired by the Umeå University (UmU) professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who heads the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform. Moreover in the “Bio4Energy Session” starting at 11 a.m., B4E researcher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.of UmU will be ‘Exploring the potential of on-site production in lignocellulosic biorefineries’.

In the Wednesday 27 February morning sessions development of “high yield, sustainable energy trees” and water oxidation catalyst inspired by photosynthesis will be described, in a couple of sessions led by the UmU associate professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform.

In the afternoon one of B4E’s newest recruits, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), will tell UREM about making biomass and bioenergy from algae, carbon dioxide and “waste water”; after which Serina Ahlgren of SLU will outline research on ‘Sustainability issues of lignocellulosic feedstock’ such as wood or biomass residues such as stumps, branches and tree tops left behind by wood harvesting operations.

UREM 2013 is orgainsed by the Chemical-Biological Centre (KBC) at Umeå University, “with the support of all energy related research groups, Umeå University, KBC, some departments and the KBC graduate school”, chief organiserThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor at the UmU Department of Chemistry, said in an e-mail.

At UmU Messinger leads research to develop solar fuels, on the one hand, and processes to underpin the generation of energy carriers such as hydrogen by using sunlight and water in photosynthetic processes, on the other. Both types of research are amply represented at this year’s UREM.

The meeting programme says: “The meeting aims to strengthen and display our efforts towards research in the renewable ener­gy field. Several strong research environments and research programmes on renewable energy are located at Umeå Uni­versity and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences”.

Bio4Energy expects to follow up with a report of parts of the meeting.
 
The UREM 2013 Organising Committee members, all of whom are members or close allies of B4E:

Johannes Messinger, Umeå University (UmU), Department of Chemistry
Hannele Tuominen, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Department of Plant Physiology
Per Gardeström, UPSC, Department of Plant Physiology/UmU
Johannes Hanson, UPSC, Department of Plant Physiology/UmU
Leif Jönsson, UmU, Department of Chemistry
Göran Samuelsson, UPSC, Department of Plant Physiology

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