Bio4Energy

  • Bio4Energy Researchers Launch New Technology for Making 'Green' Hydrocarbons

    Green hydrocarbon pilot Photo by WilliamSiljeboBio4Energy researchers built a pilot unit to demonstrate a new technology for making 'green' hydrocarbons that has the capacity to deliver 250 litres of biofuel per day. Photo by William Siljebo, Bio4Energy© 2018.Bio4Energy researchers and partners have placed on the market a new technology for making ”green” hydrocarbons—bio-based equivalents of fossil petrol, diesel and jet fuel—and which process can be operated within the space of a standard shipping container, by non-experts having received basic use instructions.

    Despite its novelty—the World Intellectual Property Organisation granted the required patents in summer 2017—the technology based on catalysis and thermal conversion of biomass has attracted the attention of the German exchange in Stuttgart and been acknowledged at an event last month in Stockholm, designed to showcase business development in northern Sweden.

    “This is a disruptive technology. It does not have to be constructed on the scale of a [commercial] biorefinery. This application could be operated on behalf of a petrol station or a village”, according to lead researcher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor at Umeå University.

    “Because the process also renders liquefied petroleum gas, which can be used in gas-to-power engines, it may be used to produce electricity. According to a rough estimate, one [container-size process] could supply 100 households in India with electrical power”, said Mikkola, who is a leading figure on the platform Bio4Energy Chemical Catalysis and Separation Technologies.

    Currently, the technology takes the form of a process unit that can make 250 litres of biofuel per day. Depending on the raw material and the process parameters chosen, the technology will produce renewable hydrocarbons with the same chemical structure as its petrochemical counterparts, from bio-based alcohols such as ethanol, butanol or isobutene made from forestry residues or other types of biomass. A further product of the process is purified water.

    As such, the invention could be shipped almost anywhere in the world.

    However, the partners—united in the Skellefteå-based company Eco-Oil—are planning for the construction of a first commercial-scale production plant. Or, in fact, two: One for petrol and one for diesel, both classified as being 100 per cent biofuels.

  • Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting Autumn 2018

    Audience 210518 400Time: 16 October 2018

    Place: Umeå, Sweden



    This event is open to all Bio4Energy researchers and students, but registration is required to
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 17 September 2018.

  • Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Skellefteå, Sweden

  • Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Umeå, Sweden

  • Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting: New Activities, Leaders

    Have you ever wondered what artificial intelligence is and how it can be used in research and development on bio-based technologies? Or what the cost would be replacing the use of fossil fuel-based petrol and diesel with renewable methanol as a transport fuel in Sweden? Bio4Energy is publishing some clues below, contained in presentations given at the most recent Bio4Energy Researchers’ Meeting, which is a biannual event where researchers, students and technicians who are members of the research environment meet and trade notes on their latest progress. This autumn, they met 15 November for a seminar at Skellefteå, Sweden.

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  • Bio4Energy Results on Large-scale Hydrogen Production Part of IVA 'Progress in Research & Technology 2017' Speech - Video

    In August, Bio4Energy researchers and partners unveiled a scheme that could enable large-scale production of hydrogen based on renewable electricity. This month, the director of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Björn O. Nilsson, acknowledged it his annual speech Progress in Research and Technology 2017.

    He did so approximately 25.15 minutes into the speech. We publish it here, with permission. Bio4Energy wants to thank Pär Rönnberg, writer at IVA, for coordinating contacts with us.

    Årets framsteg inom forskning och teknik 2017 from IVA on Vimeo. Bio4Energy results on a new catalyst for large-scale hydrogen production part of IVA president speech on Best Research of 2017. Video published with permission.

  • Bio4Energy Set to Continue as Strategic Research Environment

    Bio4energy cmykThe research environment Bio4Energy has been granted a continuation of it activities at least until the end of 2020.

    This has been confirmed with the unfolding of events this week, starting with the release of the Swedish government's proposal for research and innovation work by the academy and research institutes for the years 2017-2020, and confirmation by the vice chancellor's advisor on infrastructure issues at Umeå University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., that the university will keep directing the corresponding funding to Bio4Energy.

    "In line with the government directives, the strategic research areas hosted by Umeå University will continue. However, this is on the condition that you continue having a set aside, strategic funds, so that we will be able to adjust our activities in accordance with any new directives that the government may specify" in its forthcoming Letter of Regulation, said Sommarin, who is also chair of the Bio4Energy Board, commenting on the research bill.
  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

    Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone
  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Steering Group Meeting, by phone

  • Bio4Energy Thesis Defence: Characterisation and Densification of Carbonised Lignocellulosic Biomass, Umeå, Sweden

    Bio4Energy PhD student researcher Magnus Rudolfsson will be defending his thesis Characterisation and Densification of Carbonised Lignocellulosic Biomass.

    Venue: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Umeå. Room: Björken.

  • Bio4Energy Thesis Defence: Co-firing Complex Biomass in a CFB Boiler, Umeå, Sweden

    PhD student Henrik Hagman will defend his thesis Co-firing Complex Biomass in a CFB Boiler – Ash Transformation, Corrosion Control and Materials Selection.His supervisors have been Dan Boström and Rainer Backman, both PIs in Bio4Energy and professors at Umeå University.

    Opponent will be Lars-Erik Åmand, Högskolan i Borås.

    Time and place: 1 p.m. at Umeå University, Natural Sciences' Building, Room N460.

    All welcome.