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.
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.
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.
Scientists at the Umeå Plant Science Centre—an excellence centre Oldgrowth confierous forest in Sweden. Photo courtesy of the Umeå Plant Science Centre. in tree breading and forest-sourced raw materials research, and a professional home to many a Bio4Energy scientist—have launched a call for candidates to join its freshly created industry-oriented graduate school.
The graduate school is one leg in ongoing efforts to secure a new generation of researchers equipped with the skills to work "in the intersection between classical tree breeding, molecular genetics and functional genomics", UPSC scientists explain in the call for applications. As the forestry industry seeks renewal to keep up with calls for products that are efficient in terms of cost and resource use, and have a limited environmental footprint, new business strategies are needed—and new skills.
The application by Bio4Energy researchers to start a research training Bio4Energy scientist Ulrika Rova after a Shift2Bio work meeting at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, in June. Photo by Bio4Energy. programme for PhD students under the ERASMUS Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJD) scheme has not been granted, according to a letter forwarded to coordinators of the proposed Shift2Bio graduate school.
The letter dated 19 July from the European Union agency administering the scheme, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), gave good marks to the structure and content of the Shift2Bio programme on innovative uses of biomass. However, an attached assessment by academic experts of the project proposal pointed to holes in the work plan and budget, something which would have led the EACEA to give the latter a collective weak mark.
This, however, did not stop the academic experts from praising the proposed Shift2Bio project for its academic and industrial relevance and recognising its “unique” character. The teaching and training in Shift2Bio would have covered the entire biorefinery value chain of forest-sourced products and organic waste, fostered innovation and included cooperation by an extensive range of industrial and consultancy actors offering to open up their research and demonstration facilities to programme students.
A press release issued to Swedish media 22 June 2012 may be accessed by clicking on the link below. It has further details on the grants and is entitled 'Millioner beviljade till forskningsprojekt om ’skogskemi’ och förgasning för biodrivmedelsproduktion'.
Today a scientist in Bio4Energy has been telling one of Europe’s Slide presented by the Bio4Energy scientist Anders Nordin at a seminar at Umeå University, Sweden, in spring 2012. Photo by Bio4Energy. most touted conferences on biomass about the progress of researchers in northern Sweden in their efforts to develop technology for pretreating wood or woody debris intended for scale up to commercial bioenergy or biofuels production.
He was corresponding from Milan, in Italy, where the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition is in full swing. There was "great interest" at the conference in a technique that his team had been instrumental in developing—the torrefaction or roasting of forest-sourced biomass, Nordin said on the eve of chairing a conference session on 'torrefaction and carbonisation'.
In doing so he will be leaning on Bio4Energy’s vision of developing efficient and sustainable biorefinery, from seed to advanced biofuels and “green” chemicals, and on the common effort of the B4E partners to market and to marry together the many biorefinery pilots facilities and demonstration units that line the eastern coast of northern Sweden.
“We have a number of demonstration units and are world leading in much of what we do up north” in terms of biorefinery based on forest-sourced products or organic waste, said Tullin on the eve of leaving Sweden for Rio de Janerio. He added that he was “happy to be representing Bio4Energy” which has been intensifying its cooperation with SP since the autumn of 2011.
“Our research activities are more integrated in the economy at large than in many other places”, Tullin said with reference to the bioenergy and biorefinery cluster in northern Sweden.
Shift2Bio, the platform uniting 36 institutions in what Bio4Energy researchers The Shift2Bio profile design, created by Milan Vnuk of Luleå University of Technology. Courtesy of Shift2Bio. hope will become an international graduate school, has a brand new website.
This comes in follow up to Bio4Energy researchers at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences applying late April for funding to set up a graduate school to accommodate 50 doctoral students to be trained in the ins-and-outs of biorefinery research and development. That is, in activities to develop biorefinery and bioenergy based on forestry products or organic waste, which are the remit of Bio4Energy.
The advent of the S2Bio website was an important step in the processes of setting up the graduate school it describes, said its coordinator, Ulrika Rova of the LTU.
However, the consortium partners, representing eight European academic institutions, will be holding their breaths until sometime in July when notice is due to arrive from the European Commission to signal weather S2Bio might indeed become a project under the ERASMUS Mundus Joint Doctorates’ programme, which is what they have applied for.