CHPP site ShaojunXiongFrom left: Bio4Energy researcher Shaojun Xiong, together with WU Jian of the Chinese State Forestry Agency; Lars Atterhem, BioSteam and; HONG Hao, Great Resources. The project partners are pictured in front of the Jilin site for future integrated production of heat and electricity, together with processing of locally-grown mushroom. Photo by courtesy of Shaojun Xiong.

Researchers in Bio4Energy have won funds to carry out the research part of an industrial demonstration project which will see bio-based combined heat and power technology implemented in the Chinese province of Jilin.

Project leader and senior researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.of B4E, said the SEK10-million funding would cover two-and-a-half years of assisting Chinese actors—companies and research institutes, coordinated by the China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing—in taking in use Swedish technology for co-producing electricity and heat by combustion of bio-based waste material. The researchers would also help Swedish companies involved fine-tune their technology so as to function efficiently when applied to the locally-sourced raw material, or feedstock, powering the process.

In a proposal for a future phase of the project, for which B4E researchers at SLU, Umeå University and the Luleå University of Technology were seeking financial support, the researchers suggest to upgrade the technology to mimic biorefinery production, Xiong said:

"The purpose of this project is to replace coal with pellets, in an integrated process with local mushroom production. In future this sort of concept can also integrate bioethanol production and other bio-based products".

The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems granted the freshly gained funds under its February 2013 call for innovation projects regarding ‘International Cooperation with actors in China for Eco Innovations’.

“Swedish industry is selling the [CHP] technology to China. So it's good that the Swedish government encourages these sorts of [research and development] actions”, said Xiong, adding that he was "very happy" that funds had been granted.

More specifically, the researchers' task would be to map the properties of the raw material (consisting of mushroom grown in wood chips) going into the pellets and perhaps make adjustments to the technology so that this could function efficiently, Xiong said. This was because, originally, the technology had been designed to suit woody feedstock on its own, he added.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Bio4Energy issued a joint press release in Swedish.

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