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Written by Anna Strom   
Monday, 10 September 2012 12:52
bioenergi rgbBio4Energy 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.

Breakthroughs such as the invention by Bio4Energy researchers of a cellulose-based renewable material to replace plastics or aluminum in food packaging—a new material entirely derived from a waste product of the biorefinery process at Domsjö Fabriker—will be described. So will efforts to make ultra thin membranes that can remove undesirable emissions from various industrial processes or serve to separate liquids. These are but a couple of examples of what the Bio4Energy researchers have to offer.

“The research that we will be presenting can be a first brick in building tomorrow’s companies. This is about knowing how best to handle (forest-sourced) raw materials from tree to finished product”, said the Bio4Energy programme manager Stellan Marklund.

“It is important that we create fora for researchers and business people to meet”.

In fact, the innovation strand of the Bioenergy conference will be a red thread uniting the five renewable energy conferences that Nolia will be organising concurrently as its annual Energy and Environmental Week. From this year, Nolia will offer a conference pass giving access to all five conferences, meaning that those who purchase it may pick and choose between sessions on Bioenergy, Biogas, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy or Wind Energy.  

“It is about producing growth in the region”, said Johan Hedin, project leader at the Solander Science Park, who has been hosting several editions of the Solander Symposium which this year changes its name to Bioenergy. He added that, for the team at the Solander Science Park, Bio4Energy was a "natural choice" of conference partner because of the foothold it had at its three partner universities and in the wider region.

“Bio4Energy was a natural choice for us since you are a strong actor in bioenergy research in northern Sweden”, Hedin said. The Bioenergy conference “is an important signal to the region.

“If the researchers manage to make industry aware of their discoveries, and make (industry representatives and entrepreneurs) see that the research results are of use to them, then new ideas can be borne and progress happen”, he said.