What did you think of the Bioenergy 2012 conference, held 14-15 The profile picture for the conference Bioenergy 2012 - Research for a New Generation of Green Products and Chemicals. Image published with permission. November at Piteå, Sweden? Below are some of the reactions sent by e-mail to Bio4Energy, co-organiser of the conference together with its partner, the Solander Science Park.
The conference had about 40 delegates, including those who had a special pass covering the five conferences of the Nolia Energy and Environmental Week who came to participate in Bioenergy 2012. The conference was given on the premises of the seaside resort Pite Havsbad and was moderated by a Swedish journalist, Li Skarin of Massa Media.
“Thank you for a well-organised and a very interesting conference”, Sven Kullander, chairman of the Energy Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm.
Commercialising forest biotechnology can be an uphill struggle despite having a Mats Johnson of the clean technology company SweTree Technologies is a forest biotechnology entrepreneur based at Umeå in northern Sweden. Photo by Bio4Energy. well-performing product with a low environmental impact to offer, a conference on research and innovation in the area of bioenergy and biorefinery has heard.
Mats Johnson of SweTree Technologies, a Sweden-based SME developing biotechnological products or solutions for the forestry industry, told delegates to Bioenergy 2012 at Piteå, Sweden, that his company’s commercial product arGrow®, a fertilizer with a low environmental impact, had received somewhat of a cool reception among the country’s large forestry companies.
“Generally speaking the large (Swedish forestry) companies are not very good at adopting biotechnology” solutions, said Johnson, SweTree CEO, in a speech 15 November. However, “some are interested, but we are at an early stage in the process. In fact, there are only three companies in the world that have made biotechnological solutions their specialty”.
“With this conference we want to spread our research results in northern Sweden. Reaching out to business and industry is an important part of our work, said Stellan Marklund, programme manager of the research environment Bio4Energy and a professor at Umeå University, at Umeå, a few hours’ drive south of Piteå.
Solander Science Park (SSP), for its part, has a mission to link up businesses with the research community so that scientific discoveries may be developed and turned into marketable products. This makes the SSP an ideal partner for Bio4Energy in the quest to create meeting places for bioenergy and biorefinery researchers, on the one hand, and industry and business entrepreneurs, on the other, Marklund said.
A couple of Bio4Energy researchers are set to receive multi-year Bio4Energy researcher Christoffer Boman studies chemical properties of emissions of particulate matter from biomass combustion to better undertand their negative effects on health. Photo by Johan Gunséus, Synk. funding from one of Sweden’s most well-respected research funding bodies, to conduct research on emissions from biomass combustion and on using ionic liquids to separate carbon dioxide (CO2) from synthesis gas or biogas, respectively.
The announcement came last week with the posting of an Excel file on the website of the Swedish Research Council, revealing this year's list of award-winning projects in its Science and Technology category. While procedure has it that no grant is confirmed before a project instigator holds in his or her hand a physical letter from SRC, attesting to the veracity of the grant, at least the posting of the online list should be an indication of which applicants will get lucky.
Scientists on the Bio4EnergyBiochemical Platform have won a grant Kris Berglund (left), Ulrika Rova and Magnus Sjöblom of Bio4Energy won a grant to trial production of butyeric acid at the 10,000-litre scale. Photo: Leif Nyberg, Luleå University of Technology designed to support trials at the Ethanol Pilot—Sweden’s only large-scale demonstration unit for biorefinery production, at Örnsköldsvik—of a bio-based acid that may be used as a food ingredient, solvent or aroma, in cosmetic applications or as a softener in plastics.
Having perfected the technology in their research laboratories at LTU in northern Sweden and at Michigan State University, U.S.A., the researchers would attempt to scale up by several steps an anaerobic fermentation process in which bacteria converts biomass into the high-value chemical in question, Berglund said, on the phone from LTU where he is a professor.
As of this month, Bio4Energy has a new leader. Marianne Sommarin, A change of leadership for the Bio4Energy Board. From left: Marianne Sommarin, Ulf Edlund, Stellan Marklund; all of Umeå University. Right: Kristina Elg Christoffersson, Domsjö Fabriker. Photo by Bio4Energy. deputy vice chancellor of Umeå University in northern Sweden, will be taking over the chairmanship of the B4E Board when its reunites 25 October.
Today she went to meet 40 B4E researchers gathered at a biannual Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, given at Skellefteå, Sweden.
Sommarin, who is also a professor of plant biochemistry, and a part of the Umeå University management group, is the second person to hold the chairmanship of the B4E Board. She succeeds Ulf Edlund, an Umeå University professor in Organic Chemistry who retired this year. Edlund headed up the Board from the start of the Bio4Energy strategic research environment in 2010, until its latest meeting in May 2012.
In addition to the Board's core task of overseeing and directing Bio4Energy budgetary allocations, Sommarin will take over a shared responsibility for updating and extending the programme's research and development (R&D) strategy, one leg of which will cover the last two years of the first five-year programme period.
Recent research projects on nutrient recycling from biomass The life-cycle assessors: From left Stellan Marklund of Bio4Energy and; Johanna Berlin, Johanna Jönsson, Frida Røyne and Johan Thorén, all of the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. Photo by Bio4Energy.ash and on biofuel production from biomass mixed with household waste have been showing promising results, a meeting of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform heard this week. Moreover, much awaited work to run environmental quality checks on Bio4Energy’s research had kick-started with a new cooperation between B4E and the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, participants to the meeting at Umeå, in northeastern Sweden, were told.
Bio4Energy and the Solander Science Park are joining forces to host this year’s Bioenergy conference—an annually recurring event by Nolia conference organisers aimed at business leaders, policy makers and scientists interested in bioenergy and biorefinery research and development.
Given at Pite Havsbad at Piteå, on the east cost of northern Sweden, 14-15 November, the conference will see Bio4Energy researcher line up to describe the latest scientific advances globally as this relates to the development of methods and tools for conducting efficient and sustainable biorefinery and to develop bioenergy techniques.
As a second strand, well-known Swedish experts on the commercialisation of research results will be discussing ways in which to boost innovation and to create meeting places for academia and their counterparts in industry.