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.
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.