Bio4Energy Events' Archives Spring 2017

Bio4Energy Spring 2017 Researchers' Meeting
B4E RES Meet Oct AnnaStrom2016When: 8-9 June 2017 at Skellefteå, Sweden

Where: Hotel Aurum, Konferenscenter

Theme: Bio4Energy Accelerated Integration and Future Past 2020

This is a conference for all researchers in Bio4Energy listed as a member of one of the Bio4Energy research and development platforms and who register to info@bio4energy.se . (Please see invitation sent by e-mail.)

We look forward to seeing the Bio4Energy researchers!

Conference organisers:
Ulrika Rova , Bio4Energy Deputy Programme Manager
Johannes Hanson , Bio4Energy Feedstock
Magnus Marklund , Bio4Energy Thermochemical Conversion Technologies
Anna Strom , Bio4Energy Communications


13th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries, 7-9 June 2017      

Bio4Energy will be represented at this event by Jyri-Pekka Mikkola , researcher on Bio4Energy Chemical Catalysis and Separation Technologies and a professor at Umeå University RRB 13 6 7617



4th International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC 2017 
Regatec 2017REGATEC 2017 has a technical and industrial focus and is directed towards microbial and thermochemical conversion of biomass and waste to biomethane, Power-to-gas, biomass gasification for CHP production and cryogenic upgrading/liquefaction. REGATEC includes plenary and parallel sessions, a poster session, an exhibition and excellent opportunities to network and find new collaboration and business partners. The latest advances will be presented by leading experts, as well as industrial scale plants.

Date and place: 22-23 May 2017, Pacengo, Verona, Italy

Contact: Jörgen Held , Renewable Energy Technology International AB


Joint Seminar f3 - B4E - SLU: Feedstock for Sustainable Biofuel Production  

- Perspectives on tailor-made feedstock, influence of choice of method on estimates of climate impact and the role of EU policy and regulation

f3 Centre pngThe aim of the seminar is to give different perspectives on the feedstock side of the value chain of biofuel production. We choose to focus on the potential of tailor-made feedstock, effects of the choice of method on evaluating sustainability issues, as well as give an update of the role of EU policies and regulation in the development of sustainable biofuel production. The target audience is industrial, public and academic actors with an interest in the use of forest biomass, biorefinery and biofuel production and use. In addition, this will be an excellent opportunity to network with researchers, industry representatives and actors from the public sector representing the value chain of renewable transportation fuels.

The programme contains plenary presentations and study visits to the Biomass Technology Centre (BTC) and the demonstration plant for torrefaction in Holmsund, IDU.

Time: 6 February 2017, 10:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. slu logo rgb web
Place: P.O. Bäckströms sal/aulan, SLU, Umeå, Sweden

All welcome, but registration is required. 

Register here
(please click on the link).

Seminar Programme

10:15 Registration and coffee

10:45 Welcome! f3 Centre, SLU and Bio4Energy: A short introduction and presentation of current activitiesBio4energy cmyk
          Johanna Mossberg, f3; Erik Fahlbeck, SLU; Dan Boström, Bio4Energy

11:15 Forest resources from a future perspective – technology potentials, challenges and knowledge gaps. Moderator: Johanna Mossberg, director  f3 Centre

- Tailor-made feedstock – more and better trees for biofuel production - Magnus Hertzberg, CSO, SweTree Technologies AB

- Addressing key challenges for the development of a bio-based economy from a feedstock perspective - Annika Nordin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

12:15 Lunch

13:15 Towards realisation of the integrated forest-based biorefinery. Moderator: Johanna Mossberg, director f3

- Transportation fuels from black liquor lignin integrated in a pulp mill - Anders Hultgren, Development Manager, Biofuels & Biochemicals, SCA

- Systemic constraints and drivers for production of renewable transport fuels - Philip Peck, Associate Professor, IIIEE, Lund University

Evaluation of climate impact from forest resource use

- The method’s influence on climate impact assessment for biofuels and other forest biomass uses - Diego Peñaloza, Researcher, RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden

- Bio-energy or carbon sink? How large is the biomass potential and what should it be used for? - Jinggang Guo, Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, Department of Forest Economics, SLU & Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy

15:15 Coffee and cake on the go towards buses for study visit

15:30-18:30 Study visits: Limited number of participants, registration mandatory

- Biomass Technology Centre (BTC): Tailor-made feedstock in practice

- The torrefaction demonstration plant in Holmsund (IDU): An entrepreneurial journey from idea to industrial-scale demonstration


Advanced Biofuels 2017

ABC 2017 600pxBio4Energy will be represented at this event by Leif Jönsson , head of the R&D platform Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies and a professor at Umeå University

Welcome to the International Advanced Biofuels Conference – For Aviation, Maritime and Land Transport

With the global climate change agreement in force, agreed in Paris, France, the focus is now on direct measures. The sectors for aviation, maritime and land transport face change. The biggest challenge is the transition to a sustainable society. Svebio believes in using biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in "recarbonising" with green carbon. 

Main organiser of the Advanced Biofuels' conference 17-19 May 2017, at Gothenburg, Sweden, is the Swedish Bioenergy Association. Among its partners are the Bioenergy branch of the International Energy Agency and the Swedish Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels. Study visits are scheduled for 17 May, before the start of sessions.
Leading scientists, researchers, engineers and politicians, as well as representatives from industry, organisations, governments and authorities are expected to attend the conference. 

For more information, go to advancedbiofuelsconference.org or, if you are interested in contributing as a speaker or as an exhbitor, contact Tomas Ekbom.

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ERIFORE Workshop: European Open-access Infrastructure for the Bioeconomy      

ERIFORE logo e1455178115196Bio4Energy will be represented at this event by Fredrik Granberg , researcher on Bio4Energy Thermochemical Conversion Technologies at the Luleå University of Technology.

We warmly welcome you to the 2nd open ERIFORE Workshop on 27 March 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.

ERIFORE is a Horizon 2020 funded project with the aim to establish a cooperation network between European open access research infrastructures in the field of forest based bioeconomy.The project uses a participatory approach to involve a variety of actors in a dialogue on the research infrastructure capabilities and future development needs in order to establish a strong collaboration network in Europe.

The aim of the workshop is to present an overview of European forest based research infrastructure capabilities and emerging concepts to response plans for future infrastructure needs. Initial business and governance models for alternative research infrastructure cooperation arrangements will be discussed. In addition, the team of ERIFORE will present three selected case studies assessing the capability of European forest-based bioeconomy research infrastructure in new bio-based product development. Gathering the main research institutions and key industrial players active in this field opens up a unique opportunity for networking, discussion of future strategies and exploitation of knowledge.

The workshop will be held at Tidningshuset in Stockholm.

Please register by 15.3.2017. The event is free of charge, however there are limited number of seats available for workshop.

Workshop programme

Workshop registration


Mika Härkönen, ERIFORE Coordinator, VTT (Finland)


Workshop: Recent Developments in Fluidised-bed Biomass Gasification      

SFC logotypeBio4Energy will be represented at this event by Marcus Öhman , Bio4Energy Thermochemical Conversion Technologies, and Joakim Lundgren, Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy

The Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification (SFC) is organising a workshop on Recent Developments in Fuidised-bed Biomass Gasification, together with TU Vienna and Bioenergy2020+ to be held in Vienna, Austria, 8-9 May 2017. Exact location and venue will be announced later, but it will be in the central parts of Vienna. We hope that you find the programme interesting and that you will have the opportunity to participate.

If you intend to participate, please send an e-mail to Joakim Lundgren by 19 April. If you have special dietary requirements, please says so in your e-mail.



Processum Microfeed 7991Bio4Energy is a partner to, and an exhibitor at, this event - Come to meet our programme managers!

14 - 15 March 2017

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Arken konferens, Örnsköldsvik

Organisers: Näringsdepartementet, Skogsindustrierna, Cleaner Growth, Processum, Vinnova, IKEM, Örnsköldsviks kommun och Länsstyrelsen Västernorrland.

Bioekonomiriksdagen är ett stort steg för Sverige att bli en ledande nation inom den nya bioekonomin. Den svenska bioekonomin utvecklas snabbt just nu. Därför kommer vi att samla nyckelpersoner och centrala beslutsfattare från bioekonomiföretag och organisationer över hela landet. Branschen står inför en rad utmaningar som behöver gemensamma lösningar och med Bioekonomiriksdagen vill vi skapa en unik plattform för att ta tillvara den potential som finns.

Bioekonomiriksdagen innehåller såväl seminarier som föreläsningar och paneldebatter med högintressanta deltagare. Bland andra är vi glada över att välkomna Carina Håkansson, vd Skogsindustrierna, Sven-Erik Bucht, landsbygdsminister, Anders Fröberg, ordförande IKEM, Göran Persson, ordförande Europeiska tankesmedjan Think Forest samt f.d. statsminister, Pia Sanvdvik, vd RISE, Mattias Goldmann, vd tankesmedjan FORES och Anders Wijkman, fd ordförande Miljömålsberedningen.

Read more: Bioekonomiriksdag


Bio4Energy Events' Archives Autumn - Winter 2016

7th Workshop on Cellulose: Regenerated Cellulose and Cellulose Derivatives,15-16 November 2016Karlstads universitet 150x150Bio4Energy researchers at Umeå University are organising this workshop, together with Karlstad University. The deadline UmU Logofor submission of abstract is 30 May and for registration 30 October. Please send your abstracts to Ola Sundman and register here.

Place: Arken Konferens, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Conference sessions
- Cellulose dissolutions
- Cellulose chemistry and dervatives
- Spinning of cellulose fibres Bio4energy cmyk
- Cellulose structure and composites
- Regeneration of cellulose
- Nanocellulose
- Industrial perspectives
- Dissolving pulp preparations and properties

*Best paper and poster
*Visit to Domsjö Industrial Area and MoRe Research/SP Processum

Bio4Energy contacts are Ola Sundman and Leif Jönsson, both of the R&D platform Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies.


Seminar: Accelerated Breeding of Aspen, 27 OctoberBio4Energy Poplar PlantationBio4Energy poplar plantation in southern Sweden. Photo by Henrik Böhlénius.Researchers on the R&D platforms Bio4Energy Feedstock and Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies are organising this seminar in connection with a thesis defence on the pretreatment and enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulose: Formation and effects of pseudolignin.

Time: from 1 to 4 p.m.

Place: Chemical-biological Building of Umeå University, room KB2C5, Umeå, Sweden

1 p.m.          Welcome, Hannele Tuominen
1:10-1:35     Bioprocessing of aspen, Leif Jönsson
1:35-2:00     Recalcitrance of aspen wood in bioprocessing, Sacha Escamez
2:00-2:10     Short break with coffee
2:10-2:35     Progress with the SwAsp genotyping, Nat Street
2:35-3:00     Silviscan analysis of aspen, Sven-Olof Lundqvist
3:00-4:00     General discussion

Bio4Energy contact: Hannele Tuominen, Bio4Energy Feedstock/Umeå Plant Science Centre


SP Processum - Bio4Energy Membership & Industrial Network Seminar, 26 October 2016B4E SP Proc Ind Ntwk 211014 063SP Processum and Bio4Energy joint study visit to an Industrial Demonstration Unit for biomass torrefaction at Holmsund, Sweden. Torrefaction is a form of biomass pre-treatment by roasting. Photo by Anna Strom.Once again SP Processum and Bio4Energy will co-host a seminar for the SP Processum member companies and the Bio4Energy Industrial Network.

The theme of the day is a question: How, jointly, can we strengthen our position as a leading biorefinery region further still?

Time: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Place: SP Processum, Hörneborgsvägen 10, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Registration: This seminar is by invitation. Please register by responding to the invitation you receive as an SP Processum member company or a representative of the Bio4Energy Industrial Network.

A programme for the day will be circulated in our networks early autumn 2016.

Bio4Energy contact: Anna Strom, Communications


Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, 25 October 2016
IMG 4502"And these are our new R&D platforms..." A snapshot from the 'Bio4Energy 2' Kick-off Event at Skellefteå, Sweden, in February. Photo by Bio4Energy.The Autumn 2016 Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting will follow up on the February 2016 Kick-off Event to announce Bio4Energy's second programme period. Then and there, Bio4Energy's new or updated research and development platforms were introduced, along with a new programme management. In total 80 peoplesenior and junior researchers, students and support staffcame to make the event a golden opportunity for learning and networking.

Now that introductions are done, the 25 October Researchers' Meeting will be down to business and discussions on how, building the foundation of solid partnership between the member organisations and their international collaborators, to put the unique knowledge base and R&D infrastructure to use for biorefinery scientists around the world and make it a locomotive for Swedish biorefinery development. For remember:

Bio4Energy develops methods and tools for conducting efficient and sustainble biorefinery  
From Seed to Advanced Fuels and Chemicals

This event is free of charge for Bio4Energy researchers, but registration is required. The Bio4Energy management and Steering Group invite all Bio4Energy researchers to sign up!

Time: 11 a.m. -  6 p.m., followed by an optional dinner

Place: Väven P5, Storgatan 46 A, Umeå, Sweden

Theme: Bio4Energy Strategic Research Projects

Bio4Energy contact: Anna Strom, Communications


Swedish Energy Association Conference 2016, 23-24 AugustAkkats power station Credit LTULuleå University of Technology (LTU), Umeå University and Swedish energy utility Vattenfall will be hosting a conference on the transformation of the energy systems of Sweden and neighbouring countries. Research and development, innovation, politics will be discussed at this topically broad conference aiming to find out how to speed the transition to a sustainable society, starting with the energy system.

Place: Luleå, Sweden

Bio4Energy contact: Conference coordinator is Robert Lundmark, professor at the LTU and member of the R&D platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy.

New as of 8 August: Detailed conference programme

Press and media: Invitation to attend.

Bio4Energy Events' Archives Spring 2016

Saleh Hooshmand Photo AS B4EThesis Defence: Processing of Continuous Fibers Based on Nanocellulose, Luleå, Sweden, 9 June 2016

PdD student Saleh Hooshmand of the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) will be defending his thesis Processing of continuous fibers based on nanocellulose: Influence of dispersion and orientation on mechanical properties.

His supervisors at the LTU have been professors Kristiina Oksman and Aji Mathew who are members of the research and development platform Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies.

Opponent will be professor Stephen Eichhorn, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

Time and place: 10 a.m. at the LTU, room E632.

All welcome.


Magnus Rudolfsson Photo AS B4EThesis Defence: Characterisation and Densification of Carbonised Lignocellulosic Biomass, Umeå, Sweden, 9 June 2016

PhD student Magnus Rudolfsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Umeå will be defending his thesis Characterisation of Carbonised Lignocellulosic Biomass.

His advisor at the SLU has been professor Torbjörn Lestander who is a member of the research and development platform Bio4Energy Wood Pre-processing.

Opponent will be Jonas Dahl, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

Time and place
: 1 p.m. at the SLU, room Björken.

All welcome.


Sennai Mesfun Photo AS Bio4EnergyThesis Defence: Process Integration to Increase Woody Biomass Utilisation for Energy Purposes, Luleå, Sweden, 9 June 2016

PdD student Sennai Mesfun of the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) will be defending his thesis Process integration to increase woody biomass utilisation for energy purposes.

His supervisors at the LTU have been professor Andrea Toffolo of the research and development platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy.

Opponent will be associate professor Francesco Fantozzi, Department of Engineering & Biomass Research Center, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.

Time and place
: 2 p.m. at the LTU, room E632.

All welcome.


RikardGebartPublic Seminar: Fuel from the Forest via Biomass Gasification, Stockholm, Sweden, 10 May 2016

The Luleå University of Technology (LTU), SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Swedish Energy Agency, IVA Nord, IVA Section 8 Forest Technology and the Swedish Forest Industries have the pleasure to invite you to a seminar on biofuels from forest industry residues streams.

Seminar coordinator is Bio4Energy researcher Rikard Gebart (pictured right), professor at the LTU.
The seminar is free of charge and registration is available here.


QiujuGao 416Thesis Defence: On the dioxin formation in thermochemical conversion of biomass - Levels, distributions and fingerprints, Umeå, Sweden, 29 April 2016

PdD student Qiuju Gao of Umeå University (UmU) will be defending her thesis On the dioxin formation in thermochemical conversion of biomass - Levels, distribution and fingerprints.

Her advisor at UmU has been senior lecturer Stina Jansson who is a member of the research and development platform Bio4Energy Environment and Nutrient Recycling.

Opponent will be Bogdan Dlugogorski, dean of the School of Engineering at Murdoch University in Australia.
Time and place: 10 a.m. at the KBC Building of Umeå University, in room KB3A9.

All welcome.


Research Seminar: Formation of Dioxins from Chlorophenol in Catalytic Reactions, Umeå, Sweden, 28 April 2016

Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski, Murdoch University, Australia will hold a research seminar entitled Formation of Dioxins from Chlorophenol in Catalytic Reactions.

Time and place: 1 p.m. at room KB3A9, KBC Building, Umeå University.
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Thesis Defence: Exploring the Relevance of Uncertainty in the Life-cycle Assessment of Forest Products, Umeå, Sweden, 22 April 2016

PhD student Frida Royne , of Umeå University and the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, will be defending her thesis Exploring the Relevance of Uncertainty in the Life-cycle Assessment of Forest Products.

Her main advisor has been professor Mats Tysklind who is a member of the research and development platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy.

Oppenent will be José Potting, professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Time and place: 10 a.m. at the Chemical-biological Centre of Umeå University, room KB3B1.

All welcome.


Stina Jansson PPPopular Science Lecture: Agricultural Residues for Water Purification in Africa, Umeå, Sweden, 17 March 2016

Stina Jansson, lecturer Umeå University and member of Bio4Energy Environment and Nutrient Recycling will hold a popular science lecture at a cafe, downtown Umeå. Go to: http://www.umu.se/forskning/popularvetenskap/evenemang/vetenskapslunch/

Time and place: From 12:15 p.m. at Kafé Station

All welcome.

Bio4Energy contact: Stina Jansson , Bio4Energy Environment and Nutrient Recycling


Sacha EscamezThesis Defence: Xylem cells cooperate in the control of lignification and cell death during plant vascular development, Umeå, Sweden, 4 March 2016

PhD student Sacha Escamez of Umeå University (UmU) will be defending his thesis Xylem cells cooperate in the control of lignification and cell death during plant vascular development.

His advisor at UmU has been professor Hannele Tuominen who is a member of the research and development platform Bio4Energy Feedstock.

Opponent will be Andrew Groover, Department of Plant Biology, University of California, Davis, California, U.S.A.

Time and place: 1 p.m. at the KBC Building of Umeå University, in room KB3A9.

All welcome.
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UREM 2016 profile picUmeå Renewable Energy Meeting 2016, Umeå, Sweden, 23-25 February 2016

Tuesday 23 February, Sliperiet, Umeå Arts Campus, Umeå University (UmU)
2-4 p.m. Popular science lectures for school children and the general public. Chair: Sylvia Larsson, Bio4Energy Wood Pre-processing Platform
- Skogen är inte bara träd, Stellan Marklund, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden and Bio4Energy - A National Strategic Research Environment
- Hur gör vi bränslen från solen?, Thomas Wågberg, Department of Physics, Umeå University, Solar Fuels - Strong Research Environment at UmU
- Mer electricitet med speglar, Erik Pihl, Research Liaison Officer, Future Earth, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm
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Wednesday 24 February, Chemical Biological Centre KBC, Umeå University, Stora hörsalen, KB3B1

10:45-11:30 a.m. Energy beyond oil, Michael Gretzel, Université Polytechnique de Lausanne, Lausanne, France

11:30-11:45 a.m. Biomass utilisation in Sub-Saharan Africa - Thermochemical and environmental perspectives, Christoffer Boman, Umeå University, Sweden and Bio4Energy Environment and Nutrient Recycling

12:00-12:30 p.m. Towards a sustainable bioeconomy - Development of synthetic biology tools for production platsforms in cyanobacteria, Eva-Maria Aro, University of Turku, Finland

2:30-3 p.m. Mobilisation of biomass: Feedstock quality, Garold L. Gresham, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, U.S.A. - Special guest of Bio4Energy

3:30-4 p.m. Using waste resources at a pulp and paper industry for sustainable algae biomass and bio-based oil production - The Bäckhammar pilot case, Susanne Ekendahl, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Borås

5:30 p.m. Poster session and evening reception

Thursday 25 February
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9:45-10:00 a.m. A new pre-treatment approach for the production of second-generation ethanol from cassava stems, Carlos Martín, Umeå University, Sweden and Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies

10:15-10:45 a.m. Coffee break

10:45-11:15 a.m. Synthetic cluster models of biological and heterogeneous oxygen evolving catalysts, Theodor Agapie, California Insitute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.

11:15-11:30 a.m. Invertases are involved in biosynthesis in aspen wood, Umut Rende, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Umeå, Sweden and Bio4Energy Feedstock
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11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m Production of single cell protein as protein source for feed from forest industry side streams, Hans Grundberg, Domsjö Fabriker AB, DomInnova, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch (Separate Meet-the-Speakers Lunches will be organised for selected speakers together with PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in the conference.)

1:30-2 p.m. Towards carbon-negative bioenergy - Biochar in bioenergy systems, Ondrej Masek, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

2:00-2:15 p.m. Integrating biogas and microalgae production in pulp and paper mills, Alyssa Blumenthal, Lindköping University, Sweden and Swedish Fulbright Commission

2:30-3 p.m. Industrial use of algae and cyanobacteri - Experiences from the Bio Refine Tech project, Esa Tyystjärvi, University of Turku, Finland

3-3:30 p.m. Coffee break

3:30-4 p.m. Production of terpenoids in cyanobacteria, Pia Lindberg, Dept. of Chemistry, Uppsala University

4:15-4:30 Mikael Thyrel, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Umeå, Sweden and Bio4Energy Wood Pre-processing

4:30-5:15 Steven Long, University of Illinois, Urbana, U.S.A.

Bio4Energy contacts
: Anna Strom , Bio4Energy Communications; Johannes Hanson , Bio4Energy Feedstock; Sylvia Larsson , Bio4Energy Wood Pre-processing and; Carlos Martín , Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies


Bio4energy cmyk'Bio4Energy 2' Kick-off Event, Skellefteå, Sweden, 15-16 February 2016

As the name suggest, this miniconference will officially kick off the second programme period Bio4Energy, starting 1 January 2016. It is open to all the Bio4Energy researchers and their PhD students, but registration is required by e-mail to Anna Strom.

There will be brief presentations of Bio4Energy's new or updated Research and Development Platforms, including their new leaders; as well as research presentations on hot topics in research on biorefinery based on wood or organic waste. Bio4Energy is also very happy to a poster-pitch presentation session for its PhD student and postdoctoral researchers.

There will be time for socialising--and a few surprises revealed. So, if you are a Bio4Energy researcher, do not miss out!

Bio4Energy contact: Anna Strom , Bio4Energy Communications


Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification (SFC) Programme Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1-3 February 2016

Time and Place: 11 a.m. 1 February - 5 p.m. 3 February, Arken Hotel & Art Garden Spa

Monday 1 February
11:00-13:00 Registration and lunch
13:00-13:15 Welcome address, Joakim Lundgren, LTU
13:15-13:45 Keynote lecture 1. TBD
13:45-16:00 Session 1: Entrained flow gasification (Chairman: Kentaro Umeki, LTU)
Introduction (25 min), 4*20 min presentations, 30 min coffebreak
16.00-18.00 Poster session (incl short poster presentations)
19:00- Dinner
Tuesday 2 February
9.00-9.30 Keynote lecture 2. TBD
9:30-11:45 Session 2: Fluidized bed gasification (Chairman: Klas Engvall, KTH)
Introduction (25 min), 4*20 min presentations, 30 min coffebreak
11:45-13:00 Lunch
13.00-15.15 Session 3: Indirect gasification (Chairman: Henrik Thunman, Chalmers)
Introduction (25 min), 4*20 min presentations, 30 min coffebreak
15:15-15:30 Summary
15:30-17.30 Poster session
19:00- Dinner

SFC logotype f3 Centre-SFC Seminar: Full speed towards a fossil free transport sector?, Gothenburg, Sweden, 3 February 2016

- Perspectives on gasification based biofuels and the role of pilot and demonstration plants

Time and place: 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m., Arken Hotel Art Garden Spa, Nordatlanten 100, 41834 Gothenburg, Sweden

8:30 Registration and coffee

f3 Centre png09:00 Welcome! - f3 and SFC: A short introduction and presentation of current activities Johanna Mossberg, director f3 and Joakim Lundgren, director Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification (SFC)

09:20 Systems perspective on gasification based biofuels
- Methane as vehicle fuel – Identifying system solutions with superior performance, Pål Börjesson, Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University
- Cost-efficient plant localisation?, Elisabeth Wetterlund, Energy Sciences, Luleå University of Technology

Commercialising the bio-based economy

- Policy for successful demonstrations? -Reflections from a technological research perspective, Henrik Thunman, Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology
- Pilot and Demonstration Plants in Innovation Policy and Management, Patrik Söderholm, Business Administration, Luleå University of Technology

International inspiration

- Advanced biofuels strategy to 2030 for the Finnish bioeconomy, Nils-Olov Nylund, VTT
- The role of demonstration plants – a Canadian perspective, Don Smith, BioFuelNet, Canada

12:15 Lunch

13:15-17:00 Study visits: Limited number of participants, registration mandatory, members of f3 and SFC have priority
- Preem Göteborg – Production of renewable diesel and gasoline based on tall oil and other residues - Göteborg Energi GoBiGas – Gasification of forest residues for production of biogas

18:30 Dinner at Chalmerska Huset: Only for members of the f3 Centre, SFC or participants in projects within the joint research program "Förnybara drivmedel och system"

Registration for participants invited by f3: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/full-speed-towards-a-fossil-free-transport-sector-registration-19294304785



PhD Thesis Defence: Sustainability Measures in Quicklime and Cement Clinker Production, Umeå, Sweden, 29 January 2016

PhD student Matias Eriksson of Umeå University (UmU) will be defending his thesis Sustainability Measures in Quicklime and Cement Clinker Production.

His advisor at UmU has been professor Rainer Backman who is a member of the Bio4Energy research and development platform for Thermal Conversion Technologies.

Opponent will be Flemming Jappe Frandsen, associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark.

Time and place: 1:15 p.m. at room N420, UmU.

All welcome.
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Bio4Energy Events' Archives Autumn - Winter 2015

PhD Thesis Defence: Preparation and Characterisation of Nanocellulose Films and Coatings from Industrial Bio-residues, Luleå, Sweden, 6 November 

2015PhD student Martha Herrera of the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) will be defending her thesis Preparation and Characterisation of Nanocallulose Films and Coatings from Industrial Bio-residues.

Her advisor at the LTU has been professor Kristiina Oksman who is a member of the Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform.

Opponent will be professor emeritus Per Stenius of Aalto University in Helsingfors, Finland and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Time and place: LTU, House E, room 246, from 10 a.m.

All welcome.


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Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 20-21 October 2015

Bio4Energy PIs and group leaders will meet at the Umeå University Arts' Campus, Sliperiet, from lunch 20 October to lunch 21 October. The subjects of discussion will be a possible second operational period for the research environment of five years from 2016 and its funding.

Bio4Energy contact: Anna Strom , Bio4Energy Communications


Henrik SerkPhD Thesis Defence: Cellular Aspects of Lignin Biosynthesis in Xylem Vessels of Zinnia and Arabidopsis, Umeå, Sweden, 16 October 2015

Umeå University PhD student Henrik Serk will be defending his thesis Cellular Aspects of Lignin Biosynthesis in Xylem Vessels of Zinnia and Arabidopsis. His advisor at Umeå University has been the associate professor Edouard Pesquet .

Opponent will be professor Simon Hawkins, Department of Functional and Structural Glycobiology, University of Lille, France.

Time and place: Umeå University, KB3A9 Small Lecture Hall, from 1.30 p.m. All welcome.

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Seminar: Genetic engineering of lignin using a bacterial gene, Umeå, Sweden, 24 September 2015

Professor Shinya Kajita (TUAT, Japan) will be coming to Umeå to give a seminar on his latest work strategies to modulate lignin in tree biomass. His breakthrough strategy has been to use genes isolated from bacteria living off the lignin residues from pulp mill stream into poplar wood to modify in vivo the wood structure.Bio4energy cmyk

Bio4Energy researchers who would like to discuss with Prof. Kajita on Thursday 24th September are asked to contact Edouard Pesquet to set a meeting time.

When: 24 September 2015 at 2 p.m.

Where: KBC Building, Umeå University, room KB3A9 ("Lilla hörsalen")

Bio4Energy contact
: Edouard Pesquet, Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform

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Advanced Biofuels Conference, Stockholm Arlanda, Sweden, 16-17 September 2015

Bio4Energy is an official partner to this conference which full name is International Advanced Biofuels Conference – For Aviation, Maritime and Land Transport. Held for the first time, and at a venue close to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, it will bring together academia and industrial representatives (from companies and constellations such as Abengoa, Avinor, Boeing, Bioenergy 2020+, Nestle, Preem, SCA, SkyNRG, Swedavia, Wärtsilä and UNICA) with relevant politicians and policy makers to discuss the future of biofuels, with a focus on advanced biofuels.

A preliminary conference programme and registration is available through the conference homepage.

Bio4Energy contacts are Leif Jönsson , Leader of the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform and Anna Strom , Bio4Energy Communications.

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SFC Summer School 2015 on Biomass Gasification, Gothenburg, Sweden, 17-21 August

2015 theme: Materials issues at high temperature biomass conversion processes

Organiser: Swedish Centre of Biomass Gasification (SFC)                

Starts             17 August 2015 at 11 a.m. 
Ends                 21 August 2015 at 1 p.m.   
Location                   Gothenburg           
Venue                 Chalmers University of Technology,           Hörsalsvägen 7B, Seminar Room
Preliminary programme  
[http://www.ltu.se /cms_fs/1.106818!/file/Summer_school_2015_JL2.pdf]

 Lena Nilsson, Joakim Lundgren  

Phone SFC Secretariat: +46 920 49 1221

Chalmers: Marie Iwanow , +46 31 772 1191, Henrik Thunman

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14th International Congress on Combustion by-products and Their Health Effects, PIC2015, Umeå, Sweden, 14-17 June 2015

Registration deadline: 14 May 2015

  • Registration and Abstract Submission Opens 7 January 2015

  • Abstract Submission Deadline 15 February 2015 - Extended to 9 March 2015

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline 31 March 2015

PIC 2015 Theme: Origin, fate and health effects of combustion-related air pollutants in the coming era of bio-based energy sources


  1. Bio4energy cmykNew fuels – new residual products

  2. Sources and emission control

  3. Dioxins and furans

  4. New and emerging POPs

  5. Flame retardants

  6. Soot and organic aerosols: Formation and characterisation

  7. Metals and ash chemistry in aerosols

  8. Health effects of solid biomass combustion

  9. Health effects of car exhaust – focus on biofuels

  10. New approaches for assessing health effects of air pollution related to combustion

  11. Waste treatment

  12. Advanced diagnostics and measurement methods

Plenary speakers (all confirmed):UmU Logo

  • William Suk, Director Superfund Research Program, NIEHS

  • Bogdan Dlugogorski, Murdoch University, Australia

  • Angela Violi, University of Michigan, U.S.A.

  • John Dyke, University of Southampton, UK

Bio4Energy contact: Stina Jansson , PhD, Organising Chair; Phone: +46 90 786 7622; Local congress homepage 

Scientific programme—highlights:

  Monday, June 15
08:30 Plenary Lecture
  Recent Progress and Future Challenges in Formulating Reaction Mechanisms   for Formation of Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants
  Bogdan Z. Dlugogorski,   Mohammednoor Altarawneh
      Parallel sessions
     New fuels – new waste streams Predicting hazard and risk of combustion aerosols: in vitro, in vivo and   in silico studies
13:30 Sources and emission control Novel approaches for assessing health effects of combustion related air   pollution
  Session Keynote: Characterization of PAHs and dioxin-like PCBs in inputs   and outputs of a fluidized bed combustor Session Keynote: Novel approaches for assessing health effects of   combustion related air pollution
  Jo Van Caneghem Tim Nawrot
  Tuesday, June 16  
08:30 Plenary Lecture
  Title TBA
  Angela Violi
  Parallel sessions
  Dioxins and furans Health effects of traffic exhaust – focus on biofuels
09:15 Session Keynote: PCDD/F formation increase in biomass combustion by   copper use – risk from marketed copper salts and use of copper containing   wood preservatives Session Keynote: Health Effects of Traffic Exhaust – Focus on Biofuels
  Roland Weber, Adam Grochowalski Thomas Sandström
  New and emerging persistent organic pollutants Soot and organic aerosols: Formation and characterization/Metals and ash   chemistry in aerosols
13:30 Session Keynote: Mechanism-specific in vitro bioassays in risk assessment   of complex mixtures of polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) from contaminated   sites Session keynote: Towards Conceptual Models of the Properties of Fresh and   Processed Carbonaceous Aerosol Emissions
  Magnus Engwall Joakim Pagels
  New and emerging persistent organic pollutants Soot and organic aerosols: Formation and characterization/Metals and ash   chemistry in aerosols
13:30 Session Keynote: Mechanism-specific in vitro bioassays in risk assessment   of complex mixtures of polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) from contaminated   sites Session keynote: Towards Conceptual Models of the Properties of Fresh and   Processed Carbonaceous Aerosol Emissions
  Magnus Engwall Joakim Pagels
  Wednesday, June 17
08:30 Plenary Lecture
  Photoionization of Reactive Intermediates of Importance in Combustion
  John Dyke
09:15 Parallell sessions
  Flame retardants – past, present and future Health effects of solid biomass combustion emissions
10:15 Session Keynote: Title TBA Session Keynote: Biomass combustion air pollution and health effects.
  Åke Bergman Torben Sigsgaard

Martin-StrandbergPhD researcher Martin Strandberg is part of the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics at Umeå University. Bio4Energy Thesis Defence: From torrefaction to gasification - pilot scale studies for upgrading of biomass, Umeå, Sweden, 10 June 2015

Umeå University PhD student Martin Strandberg (formerly Nordwaeger) will be defending his thesis From torrefaction to gasification: pilot scale studies for upgrading of biomass.

His advisor at Umeå University has been professor Anders Nordin who is a member of the Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform.

Opponent will be Jaap Kiel, professor at Technische Universiteit in Delft, the Netherlands.

Time and place: Umeå University, Natural Sciences' Building, room N450, from 1 p.m.

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Jonathan-FagerstromBio4Energy PhD student Jonathan Fagerström does research to check particulate emissions from different biomass conversion methods. He notably investigates thermal conversion methods, such as gasification and combustion. Bio4Energy Thesis Defence: Fuel engineering to deal with fine particle emissions and slag formation, Umeå, Sweden, 25 May 2015

Umeå University PhD student Jonathan Fagerström will be defending his thesis Fine particle emissions and slag formation in fixed-bed biomass combustion - aspects of fuel engineering.

Advisor at Umeå University is the associate professor Christoffer Boman , member of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform.

Opponent will be Bengt-Johan Skrifvars, associate professor at Åbo Akademi in Finland.

Time and place: 25 May 2015 from 1 p.m. at Umeå University, KBC Building KB3A9.

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International Conference on Renewable Gas Technology 2015, REGATEC 2015, Barcelona, Spain, 7-8 May 2015  

11:00-12:00 Registration
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Welcome and plenary session Dr. Jörgen Held & Prof. Frank Scholwin Dr. Shunichi Nakada, International Renewable Energy Agency Dr. Jan Stambasky, European Biogas Association
14:30-15:30 Coffee break and poster session
15:30-17:00 Biogas cleaning R&D and experiences Mr. Aniruddha Sharma, Carbon Clean Solutions Limited, UK Dr. Marco Linders, TNO, the Netherlands Dr. Adriaan van der Veen, VSL, the Netherlands. Biomass gasification R&D including CHP Prof. Jürgen Karl, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Dr. Bram van der Drift, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands Dr. Megan Cooper, Department of Energy & Climate Change, UK
18:30 Welcome drink
19:00-21:00 Conference Gala Dinner
21:00-23:00 Mingle

09:00-10:00 Advances in biogas upgrading MSc Johan Andersson, JTI – Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Dr. Sandra Esteves, University of South Wales Product gas cleaning R&D Dr. Kim Magrini, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Dr. Ersin Üresin, TÜBITAK, Turkey
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-12:00 Biological methanation incl. P2G Dr. Yifeng Zang, DTU Mr. Dominic Hofstetter, Electrochaea BSc. Johan Holstein, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, the Netherlands Catalytic/biological methanation incl. P2G Prof. Anne-Cécile Roger, Strasbourg University Dr. Niels Bjarne Rasmussen, DGC Mr. Gregor Waldstein, ETOGAS GmbH
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Industrial biogas/landfill gas  projects Márcio Schittini, Ecometano, Brazil Eberhart Wusterhaus-Gomez, Schmack Carbotech Pia Ekelund, Swedish Biogas International Industrial gasification projects Dr. Friedrich Kirnbauer, Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH Mr. Luis Sánchez Angrill, EQTEC Iberia MSc. Malin Hedenskog, Gothenburg Energy
14:30-15:30 Coffee break and poster session
15:30-17:00 Plenary session and conference summary Dr. Jörgen Held, Renewable Energy Technology International AB Dr. Olivier Guerrini, GDF Suez Prof. Frank Scholwin & Dr. Jörgen Held


Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting 2015, UREM 2015, Umeå, Sweden, 25-27 March 2015

The Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting—an annual international scientific seminar with a focus is on the latest trends in renewable energy research—2015 is said to have a "Bio4Energy profile". Two Bio4Energy researchers are at the helm of its organisation and part of the organising committee. Other programmes at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences supporting the event are BioImprove, Trees and Crops for the Future, Solar Fuels and the Artificial Leaf Project.

UREM-2015-ProfileUREM 2015 thematic focal areas are:

  • Bioeconomy;

  • Advanced biofuels;

  • Thermal and biochemical conversion technologies and;

  • Natural and artificial photosynthesis.

Important dates

Bio4energy cmyk8 February - Last day for submitting abstracts

16 March - Last day of registration

Conference programme

25 March

Opening of the conference: Hans Lindberg, City of Umeå

Opening talk: Professor Emeritus Thomas B. Johansson

  1. UmU LogoRenewable feedstock and advanced biomass fuels
  2. Natural photosynthesis
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  • System analysis and bioeconomy
  • Biochemical conversion technologies
  • Thermochemical conversion technologies
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  • Chemical catalysis
  • Artificial photosynthesis
Closing talk: Professor Pierre Joliot  

Confirmed speakers
Registration for UREM 2015 is available here.

Bio4Energy contacts for this meeting are Umeå University researchers Christoffer Boman  and Carlos Martín , as well as Anna Strom , Bio4Energy Communications.


Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Energy in the coming 100 years, Luleå, Sweden, 19 March 2015


Starts       19 March 2015 at 8 a.m.
Ends         19 March 2015 at 5 p.m.    
City             Luleå            
Location             Room D770, Luleå University of Technology


Time Title Speaker
08:00 – 08:45 What does science tell us about climate change? Michael Tjernström, Stockholm University
08:45 – 09:30 Overview of global & regional energy use and scenarios for the future Björn Kjellström, Luleå University of Technology
09:30 – 10:00 Coffee and discussion  
10:00 – 10:45 Current trends in renewable power production in the world Tomas Kåberger, Chalmers University of Technology
10:45 – 11:30 Energiewende, the methanol economy and power to gas Alberto Varone, IASS, Potsdam
11:30 – 13:00 Lunch  
13:00 – 13:45 How is climate change affecting the Arctic region today? Börge Ousland, Polar Explorer
13:45 – 14:30 What is happening in nuclear energy and does it have a place in the future energy system? Henryk Anglart, KTH
14:30 – 15:15 Coffee and discussion  
15:15 – 16:00 Smart sustainable cities of the future Mattias Höjer, KTH (to be confirmed)
16:00 – 17:00 Panel discussion about sustainability, climate, energy and the future  

Fredrik-WeilandPhD researcher Fredrik Weiland at the SP Energy Technology Center at Piteå.Thesis Defence: Pressurised entrained-flow gasification of pulverised biomass, Luleå, Sweden, 26 February 2015

Fredrik Weiland  of the Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform/Bio4Gasification will be defending his PhD thesis Pressurised entrained-flow gasification of pulverised biomass: Experimental characterisation of process performance. His main supervisor has been Rikard Gebart , professor at the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Luleå University of Technology. The thesis defence will be opposed by professor Ing Thomas Kolb, Division of Fuel Chemistry and Technology, Engler-Bunte Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Starts at: 10 a.m.

Venue: Luleå University of Technology, room E231.

All welcome.

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Thermo-Fischer-Scientific logoCarbohydrate Seminar on High-performance Anion-exchange Chromatography, Luleå, Sweden, 22 January 2015

A Carbohydrate Seminar on High-performance Anion-exchange Chromatography with Pulsed Amperometric Detection (HPAE-PAD) for carbohydrate analysis, i.e. the Dionex UHPLC system will be held by Bio4Energy researchers at the Luleå University of Technology.

ltuThe seminar will feature Dr. Detlef Jensen from ThermoFisher Scientific and will include a discussion on analytical capabilities (amino acids, water analysis) when using the Corona CAD Charged Aerosol Detector.

All welcome. Lunch and coffee will be provided to attendees who have registered.

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Place: Luleå University of Technology

Registration: Please register with Thory Hansson of the LTU by 10 January 2015.

Bio4Energy contact for this seminar is Ulrika Rova of the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform.


f3-Centre pngSeminar: Fossil-free Fuels - Markets and Measures, Gothenburg, Sweden 21 January 2015

Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Place: Chalmers University of Technology, Room: Palmstedt Hall

Discussion points:

  • Markets for fossil free fuels – technology and market conditions

    Technology and market conditions for fossil free fuel use in road, marine and air transport. Special focus on recent developments in combustion technology and tailor-made biofuels.

  • Policy and renewable transportation fuels for global sustainability

    The role of policy, sustainability and transitional barriers for increasing production and use of renewable fuels in transportation. The session includes a discussion on required research and development in a European context.

Organisers: Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels, Chalmers University of Technology and the Swedish internal Energy Combustion Consortium. Bio4Energy contact: Joakim Lundgren , f3 Coordinator in Bio4Energy

Programme: pdf  Fossil_free_fuels_-_Markets_and_measures_Second_Announcement_141204_JL

Registration is available here: http://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/events/Pages/f3day.aspx.

Bio4Energy is a member of the Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels, f3 Centre.


SEA-logoSeminar: Process Integration in Industry - New Methods and Applications in Processing Industry and Biorefinery, Stockholm, Sweden, 15 January 2015

Organisers: Swedish Energy Agency and Joakim Lundgren , Luleå University of Technology and Bio4Energy Process Integration Platform

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Place: Swedish Energy Authority/Energimyndigheten, Rosenlundsgatan 9, Stockholm

Further information will be posted here in January 2015.


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Thesis Defence: Spectroscopic characterisation of lignocellulosic biomass, Umeå, Sweden, 5 December 2014

Mikael-Thyrel Stina-JanssonBio4Energy PhD student researcher Mikael Thyrel and Stina Jansson, Bio4Energy PI. Photo by Anna Strom.

Mikael Thyrel of the Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform will be defending his PhD thesis Spectroscopic characterisation of lignocellulosic biomass. His main supervisor has been Torbjörn Lestander and secondary advisor Rainer Backman, both PIs in Bio4Energy.

Starts at: 10 a.m.

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

All welcome.

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Licentiate Seminar: Process and Properties of Continuous Fibres Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals andNanofibres, Luleå, Sweden, 4 December 2014

Saleh Hooshmand of Wood and Bionanocomposites' research group of the Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform will giving a licentiate seminar on Process and Properties of Continuous Fibres Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals and Nanofibres. Her supervisor has been Kristiina Oxman , professor at the Luleå University of Technology, who is also a Bio4Energy research and development platform leader.

Starts at: 10 a.m.

Venue: LTU E231

All welcome.

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Thesis Defence: Heterogeneously Catalysed Valorisation of Monoterpenes to High Value-added Chemicals, Umeå,Mikhail-Golets 91014Bio4Energy student researcher Mikhail Gohlets in the laboratory. Photo by courtesy of Mikhail Golets. Sweden, 4 December 2014

Mikhail Golets of the Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform will be defending his PhD thesis Heterogeneously Catalysed Valorisation of Monoterpenes to High Value-added Chemicals. His main supervisor has been the Umeå University professor Jyri-Pekka Mikkola  who is one of the PIs responsible for research on "green" chemicals in Bio4Energy.

Starts at: 1 p.m.

Venue: Stora hörsalen ("Large Lecture Hall"), KBC Building, Umeå University.

All welcome.

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Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting - End of Round One, Skellefteå, Sweden, 20-21 Bio4energy cmykNovember 2014

This seminar for Bio4Energy researchers will celebrate the end of the first round of Bio4Energy, 2010-2015. It will start with a lunch 20 November and end with a lunch 21 November. The seminar will be free of charge to Bio4Energy researchers, but registration is required. Contact for this meeting is Anna Strom , Bio4Energy Communications.  

Day 1 - 20 November

  • Bio4Energy's Future

  • Christoffer-Boman Linda-Pommer 1572Bio4Energy researchers Christoffer Boman and Linda Pommer at a Bio4Energy Mini Conference in 2012. Photo by Anna Strom.Bio4Energy Research to Be Continued

Day 2 - 21 November

  • New Tracks in Bio4Energy

Venue: Skellefteå City Hotell (Skellefteå Stadshotell)

Registration: to info@bio4energy.se by 13 November

Programme: pdf  Bio4Energy-Researchers-Meeting-20-211114_Programme_final


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Bio4Energy Graduate School, First Leg of Biorefinery Pilot Research Course, Piteå, Sweden, 11-13 November 2014

First leg: 11-13/11 at Piteå
Second leg: 19-23/01/2015 at Örnsköldsvik and Umeå
Third leg: 23-24/03/2015 at Umeå

Course credits: 7.5

Bio4Energy Graduate School: Biorefinery Pilot Research, 1-13 November 2014








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Pite havsbad

Check in at hotel

Sylvia Larsson (SL), SLU, B4E Pretreatment and Fractionation

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  Welcome and introduction


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Introduction to innovation system roles

Hans Hellsmark (HH), SP, B4E Environmental

  1. 20
Innovation system   roles – group seminar + Coffee


  1. 40
Introduction to Technical Innovation Systems (TIS) and the strategic value of pilot and demonstration plants


  1. 30-17.00
Introduction to Pilot Project Assignment


  1. 30

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Swimming at the adventure pool



  1. 20

Meet up at the ETC site on Industrigatan 1


  1. 30
Introduction to experiments and seminars

Esbjörn Pettersson (EP), ETC & SL, B4E Thermochemical

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ETC block I (2+2 groups for seminar and experiments)


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Buffé lunch and networking

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ETC block II (2+2 groups for seminar and experiments)


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Dinner at ETC site

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  Transportation to Pite havsbad



  1. 20

Meet up at the ETC site on Industrigatan 1


  1. 30
Inspiration lecture part I

Ingvar Landälv (IL), LTU

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Coffee and networking (preliminary poster viewing ETC & LTU GF)

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Inspiration lecture part II


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ETC-LTU GF site introduction

Magnus Marklund, ETC & Fredrik Granberg, LTU; B4E Thermochemical

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Lunch at Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner facilities

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Summary of Piteå gathering


Block I & II:

Seminar content (60-minute presentations with discussions followed by 20 minute break) by researchers on the Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform:

  1. PEBG – From woody biomass to syngas (Fredrik Weiland, Research Engineer/PhD Candidate LTU)
  2. Purification and upgrading of gas streams (Linda Sandström, Researcher)
  3. Particulate matter formed during biomass conversion (Esbjörn Pettersson, Research Engineer, ETC at Piteå)
  1. Preparation and characterisation of wood-based powders (Jonas Wennebro, Development Engineer, ETC at Piteå)
  2. DTF trials on specific biomass powders including aspects of powder feeding (Roger Molinder, Researcher, ETC at Piteå)
  3. Water treatment (Roger Molinder, Researcher, ETC at Piteå)

Swedish Energy Agency Seminar on New Industrial Applications of Membrane Processes (in energy engineering/energy technology), Stockholm, Sweden, 12 November 2014 - meeting language will be Swedish

Bio4Energy contact is Joakim Lundgren , Bio4Energy Process Integration Platform/Luleå University of Technology.SEA-logo

Seminarium om IEA:s aktiviteter inom industrisektorn: Membranprocesser i nya industriella tillämpningar

Energimyndigheten bjuder in till seminarium om svenskt deltagande i IEA:s aktiviteter inom industrisektorn.

Tid: 12 november, kl 10:00 – 16:30; Plats: Norra Latin, Drottninggatan 71B, Stockholm


10:00 Inledning och välkommen - Jennica Broman, Energimyndigheten

10:15 Internationella samarbetet - Thore Berntsson, IEA, IETS och syfte med dagens Ordförande IETS seminarium

10:35 Membranprocesser

Membranprocesser i bioraffinaderier - Ann-Sofi Jönsson, IETS Annex XVII Inst f kemiteknik, Lunds universitet

Membranes for process intensification and water recovery- Frank Lipnizki, Alfa Laval Business Centre Membranes

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Diskussion om membranprocesser i industrin

13:30 Industriella värmepumpar

Erfarenheter från IEA:s arbete - Roger Nordman, SP

industriella värmepumpar - Per- Åke Franck, CIT

Fortsatt arbete inom IEA Heat Pump Programme och läget i Sverige - Roger Nordman, SP

Vikten av riktig integration av värmepumpar i industriella processer - Per-Åke Franck, CIT

14:50 Kaffe

15:05 Integration av värmepump i pappers- och massaindustri

Öppen fjärrvärme som en katalysator för effektivare energianvändning möjlighet för industriella värmepumpar - Per Gullbrand, Fortum

16:00 Diskussion om industriella värmepumpar

16:30 Seminariet avslutas


SP Processum - Bio4Energy Industrial Network Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 21 October 2014Bio4energy cmyk

An Industrial Network Meeting will be held jointly by Bio4Energy and SP Processum, including a tour of the pilot facilities available to the biorefinery cluster at Umeå and an afternoon session of talks designed to bring industry and academy closer together. More information will be posted here closer to the date. SP Processum logotype PNG

Contacts for this meeting is Anna Strom, Bio4Energy Communications and Sören Back, SP Processum.  


Meeting Programme

9 a.m. Departure for the Biomass Technology Centre pilot facilities at Röbäcksdalen, Umeå, from the Universium at the Umeå University main campus

10:15 a.m. Departure for the BioEndev Torrefaction Demonstration Unit at Holmsund, Umeå, from the BTC pilot at Röbäcksdalen

11:30 a.m. Departure for the Umeå University main campus from the Torrefaction Demonstration Unit at Holmsund

12 p.m. Lunch at the Umeå University Natural Sciences' Building, room N360 and membership discussions by SP Processum

1 p.m. Start of seminar programme, N360

Introduction by Clas Engström, CEO SP Processum and Stellan Marklund, Bio4Energy Programme Manager

2-2:20 p.m. Biochemical conversion of woody biomass into fuels and chemicals: Processes and patents to industry - Leif Jönsson, Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform and Roberth Byström, SEKAB E-Technology

2:30-2:50 p.m. System analysis of industrial processes and products - Johanna Mossberg, Bio4Energy Environmental Platform; Jonas Joelsson, SP Processum and; Joakim Lundgren, Bio4Energy Process Integration Platform

3-3:30 p.m. Coffee break

3:40-4 p.m. Thermochemical conversion of woody biomass into fuels and chemicals: Case of Bio4Gasification - Rainer Backman and Kentaro Umeki, Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform

4:10-4:30 p.m. Ash chemistry and fuel design for the recycling of nutrients - Nils Skoglund, Bio4Energy Environmental and Thermochemical Platforms

4:40-5:40 p.m. Panel debate - Lars Winter, CEO Domsjö Fabriker; Anders Nordin, BioEndev and Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform; Elvy Söderström, Municipality of Örnsköldsvik; Leif Jönsson, Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform

6 p.m. Dinner at the KBC Cafeteria, KBC Building, Umeå University

A warm welcome to our partners and friends in industry, the academy and at research institutes!


Sylvia-Larsson 914Sylvia Larsson, Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform. Photo credit: Sylvia Larsson.Associate Professorship Awards, Umeå, Sweden, 2 October 2014

Sylvia Larsson, Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform and Totte Nittylä, Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform, will hold a lecture each marking their being awarded an associate professorship by the Bio4Energy member organisation Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Sylvia Larsson will give a talk on Feeding the Bioeconomy, while Totte Nittylä has merely announced that he will be presenting his research.

Starting time: 10 a.m.

Venue: SLU at Umeå, Lecture hall Aspen

All welcome. 

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International conference: Lignin 2014 - Biosynthesis & Utilisation, Umeå, Sweden, 24-28 August Lignin-2014 profile

The Lignin 2014 conference aims to strengthen knowledge on the various aspects of lignin biosynthesis and use, from the basic cell biology, molecular biology to pre-treatment of plant biomass and use of the lignin. The conference is organised with the support of the Formas-financed strong research environment BioImprove and Bio4Energy, the Swedish government's Strategic Research Environment in matters of bioenergy and biorefinery, as well as the Umeå Plant Science Centre. Contacts for this conference are Edouard Pesquet , Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform and Anna Strom , Bio4Energy Communications.

The Lignin 2014 conference will be held at the newly built river-side Arts' Campus of Umeå University, at Umeå, in the city centre of 2014 European Capital of Culture.

The conference will discuss the following topics:The Lignin 2014 Organisation Committee. Photo by Anna Strom©.The Lignin 2014 Organisation Committee. Photo by Anna Strom©.
  1. Cell and developmental biology of lignin;
  2. Lignin monomers synthesis and transcriptional regulation;
  3. Oxidative polymerisation of lignin;
  4. Diversity of natural lignins;
  5. Modification of lignin in plants;
  6. Lignin characterisation technologies;
  7. Lignocellulose processing and extraction of lignin, and;
  8. New applications for lignin and lignin derivatives.

New as of 28 July 2014:

  • Please find an updated conference programme under this link and;
  • The list of confirmed speakers here plus;
  • A visionary video about Sliperiet, the Lignin 2014 conference venue UmU-Arts-Campus Photo-by-UmUThe Lignin 2014 venue: Umeå university's newly buit Arts' Campus - Sliperiet. Photo published with permission.situated in downtown Umeå, and a note on its history.
Registration is available here until 8 August 2014.

Submit your abstract here by 2 August 2014.

Bio4Energy and the UPSC bid participants and speakers a warm welcome to Lignin 2014 and Umeå, the 2014 European Cultural Capital.

The Lignin 2014 Organisation Committee:

Hannele TuominenUmeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) and Bio4Energy, Umeå University (UmU), Sweden (General scientific contact)

Edouard Pesquet UPSC and Bio4Energy, UmU, Sweden (Plant Biology)

Leif Jönsson – Bio4Energy, UmU, Sweden (Industrial biotechnology, Chemistry)

Ewa Mellerowicz – UPSC and Bio4Energy, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden

Mattias Hedenström - Department of Chemistry, UmU, Sweden

Carlos Martín – Bio4Energy, UmU, Sweden (Chemistry, industrial biotechnology)

Sacha Escamez - UPSC and Bio4Energy, SLU, Sweden


PhD Thesis Defence: Ash Chemistry and Fuel Design, Focusing on Combustion of Phosphorus-rich UmU LogoBiomass, Umeå, Sweden, 5 June 2014

PhD researcher Nils Skoglund  of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform will be defending his thesis Ash Chemistry and Fuel Design, Focusing on Combustion of Phosphorus-rich Biomass.

Starts at: 10:00 a.m.

Venue: Natural Sciences' Building, Room N430

Faculty opponent: Professor Franz Winter, Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

PhD Student Supervisor: Professor Dan Boström, Umeå University, Department of Bio4energy cmykApplied Physics and Electronics and Bio4Energy Environmental Platform

All welcome.


Crash Course in Pulping for PhD Students, Umeå, Sweden, 26-28 May 2014upsc logo ftg transpbg

The Umåe Plant Science Centre (UPSC) will organise this course in connection to the Bio4Energy Graduate School. For more information, contact Hannele Tuominen or Johannes Hanson , both of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform.

The purpose of the course is to give biology students an overview and basic understanding of the kraft pulping process in technical, chemical and economical terms. A special focus will be placed on the properties of the raw material and on applying genetic engineering in tree breeding with a view to obtain improvements in the pulping process. The course consists of lectures, discussions and an on-site visit to pulp and paper operations. Students will have to pass a written examination to pass the course.

Contents of the Crash Course in Pulping:
  •           Kraft milling as a heavy industry, economical logistics and social importance;Bio4energy cmyk
  •           Raw materials for chemical pulping;
  •           Chemistry of wood polymers;
  •           Forestry and material flows;
  •           Wood handling, barking, chipping and storage;
  •           Chemistry of kraft pulping;
  •           Kraft pulping equipment;
  •           Closing chemistry and equipment;
  •           Bleaching chemistry and equipment and;
  •           How can GMO trees improve kraft pulping?.

Bio4Energy Events' Archives Spring 2014

Training Courses in Instrumental Analysis for Post-graduate Students, Luleå, Sweden, Various datesltu

The Division of Chemical Engineering at Luleå University of Technology offer the following training courses:
  1. Gas and Liquid Chromatography (5 hp/ECTS credits) – March-April 2014;
  2. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (5 hp/ECTS credits) – April-May 2014;
  3. Scanning Electron Microscopy (5 hp/ECTS credits) – May 2014;
  4. X-ray Diffraction (5 hp/ECTS credits) – September 2014. 
Each course contains 6-7 lectures describing the theory behind each instrument technique, the structure of the instruments, and the types of analyses that can be made using these techniques.

They also include two laboratory exercises where the participants will have a chance to become familiar with the state-of-art equipment available at the Division of Chemical Engineering. Click here for more information regarding the instrumentation.

Each course is concluded by a written examination or student assignment. The grades given are Pass or Fail.

Register by clicking this link and submitting the following information:

-          Name of the course or courses the participant wishes to register for;

-          Participant name and national identification/social security number;

-          Affiliation (university, department, division);

-          Denomination of participant's research field;

-          Participant's contact information (e-mail and phone number, please).


Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 13-14 May 2014 - POSTPONED. Further information will be posted as and when a new date has been set for the meetingBio4energy cmyk

A Spring Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting will be held in the vicinity of Umeå, Sweden, from lunch to lunch. A key discussion point will be B4E operational strategy and projects for 2015-2020. All B4E researchers are kindly requested to attend.


Open Seminar: Skall EU bestämma till vad och hur vår biomassa användas?, Sundsvall, Sweden, 8 May Forest Refine logo2014

A one-day seminar held in Swedish and discussing the policy framework reigning in the bioenergy and biorefinery industry in the European Union, with an emphasis on the impact of current policies or the lack thereof on industrial actors in Sweden. The seminar is organised by the Swedish stakeholders Biofuel Region and its Forest Refine project, together with Åkroken Science Park and BioBusiness Arena. Biofuel Region/Forest Refine contact is Magnus Matisons , phone: +46 70 352 4494.

Seminar programme in Swedish in attached PDF:

pdf  2014-05-11_Program_Ska_EU_få_bestämma_-_seminarium_i_Sundsvall_8_maj 


Open Seminar: New Products from Forests - Supply Chains and Biorefinery Processes, Umeå Sweden, 9 April 2014 

Time and place: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Umeå, P-O Bäckströms SalForest Refine logo

Moderator: Clas Engström, Managing Director, SP Processum

Registration is available here.

All welcome.


09:30-10:00 Registration and coffeeBio4energy cmyk

10:00-10:10 Welcome by Magnus Matisons, Project manager Forest Refine and Stellan

Marklund, Bio4Energy Programme Manager

10:10 - 10:40 Flexible feedstock pretreatments and processes, Krister Sjöblom, Bio Portfolio Manager, Valmet (previously Metso)


Forest Refine Session: Developing the Supply Chain

10:40 - 11:00 Future Biorefineries - Opportunities and obstacles, Magnus Matisons, Biofuel Region

11:00 - 11:20 Chemical Balances and Available Potentials of Forest Biomass for Biorefineries, Dimitris Athanassiadis, SLU

11:20 - 11:40 Effects of New Harvesting Technologies on Supply Chain Cost for Young Forests, Dan Bergström, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

11:40 – 12:00 Forest Biomass Supply Chain Cost for Biorefineries: Comparison of current and future systems, Fulvio di Fulvio, SLU

12:00 - 12:20 Bark as a feedstock for biorefineries - systems, properties and handling aspects. Juha Nurmi, Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA)

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch  


Bio4Energy Session: Developing Methods and Tools for Biorefinery Operations

1:30-1:50 Bio4Energy and partners creates methods and tools for conducting efficient and sustainable biorefinery, Stellan Marklund, Bio4Energy Programme Manager

2:00-2:15 Liquid biofuel from recalcitrant biomass: From laboratory to a near industrial scale, Leif Jönsson, Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform

2:20-2:35 Facilitating biomass conversion: Pre-treating biomass by roasting, Anders Nordin, Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform

2:40-2:55 The Bio4Energy Graduate School on the Innovative Use of Biomass for PhD students: Filling a void in the Swedish higher education system, Sylvia Larsson, Bio4Energy Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform

Forest Refine session: Refinery Processes

3:30-3:50 Raw Material Requirements of Biorefinery Processes, Jonas Joelsson, SP Processum AB

3:50-4:10 Fractioning of Forest Biomass, Håkan Örberg, SLU

4:10-4:30 High-value Chemicals from Forest Biomass: Losses in the supply chain, Hanna Lappi, METLA

4:30-4:50 Significance of Pre-treatment of Biomass in the Biomass Value Chain, Tero Tuuttila, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius

4:50-5:10 Sum Up and Discussion

6:30 Dinner at Restaurang NorrlandsoperanBio4energy cmyk


Bio4Energy Graduate School, Second Course: Systems Perspectives on Bioresources, Luleå, Sweden, 18 March - 13 June 2014

Course credits: 7.5

Tuesday 18 March


Systems analysis - Introduction

Joakim Lundgren, Luleå University of Technology (LTU)


The current and future global energy supply situation

Joakim Lundgren, LTU


Biomass in a sustainable energy system

Pål Börjesson, University of Lund


Bioenergy and climate policies

Patrik Söderholm, LTU

Wednesday 19 March


Markets for forest resources - characteristics and price formation

Robert Lundmark, LTU


Environmental aspects on bioenergy supply and use



Cost-effective bioenergy plant localisation

Elisabeth Wetterlund, LTU


Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)

Johanna Berlin, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

Thursday 20 March


Economic assessment methods

Joakim Lundgren, LTU


Process integration methods

Andrea Toffolo, LTU (TBC)


Process integration methods

Mikael Larsson, MEFOS (TBC)


Individual projects start and planning

Joakim Lundgren, LTU

Friday 21 March


Projects start and planning, continued

Joakim Lundgren, LTU


Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting, UREM 2014, Umeå, Sweden, 17-19 March 2014

For the sixth time the Chemical-biological Centre at Umeå University will host the Umeå Renewable Energy white logo-2Meeting, which is in fact an international symposium focusing on the types of renewable energy research which are carried out at Umeå University (UmU) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), co-hosts also of the Umeå Plant Science Centre.


The following Umeå-based research programmes or research environments are represented: Solar Fuels, Artificial Leaf Project, Bio4Energy, BioImprove  and Trees and Crops for the Future. The symposium will cover a broad range of topics including global energy and climate change research, artificial and natural photosynthesis, hydrogen production using microorganisms and bioenergy.

This meeting is open to the public as well as researchers and student interested in renewable energy. The programme includes a poster session, presentations and social activities. The meeting has been growing over the years and in 2013 had 250 participants. The symposium is being organised together with the KBC Graduate School. PhD students who participate with a poster will receive a certificate from KBC Graduate School worth one university credit (ECTS).

Organisation contacts

Bio4Energy and the Organising Committee hopes to welcome you at Umeå 17-19 March, the latter consisting of the following researchers: Ludvig Edman, Thomas Wågberg, Johannes Messinger, Leif Jönsson, Hannele Tuominen, Per Gardeström, Göran Samuelsson. Bio4Energy contacts for this symposium are Leif Jönsson , Hannele Tuominen and Per Gardeström .

Registration is available under this link until 10 March.


Bio4Energy Thesis Defence on 'Green' Chemicals, Umeå, Sweden, 14 February 2014Bio4energy cmyk

Time and place: 1 p.m. at lecture hall N320, Natural Sciences' Building, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Details: Johan Alkvist of the Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform will defend this thesis Formic and levulinic acid from cellulose via heterogeneous catalysis. Faculty opponent will be Riitta Keiski, professor at the Department of Process and Environmental Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland. Alkvist is UmU Logopart of the Technical Chemistry group of Umeå University, led by professor Jyri-Pekka Mikkola.


PhD Thesis Defence: Detoxification of inhibitory hydrolysates and potential utilisation of residual streams for production of enzymesBio4energy cmyk, Umeå, Sweden 29 November 2013

Time and place: 10:15 a.m. at lecture hall KB3A9, KBC Building, Umeå University

Details: Adnan Cavka of the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform will defend his thesis Biorefining of lignocellulose: Detoxification of inhibitory hydrolysates and potential utilization of residual streams for production of enzymes. Faculty opponent will be professor Jack Saddler, Forest Products Biotechnology, UmU LogoUniversity of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Cavka is part a research group led by Leif Jönsson. The group divides it time performing research at Umeå University and SP Processum.


Bio4Energy Events' Archives Year 2013

Seminar with guest speaker Jack Saddler, UBC: The potential of biofuels and the need for a biorefinery approach - A forest products perspective, Umeå, Sweden, Bio4energy cmyk28 November 2013

Time and place: 15:15 p.m. at lecture hall KB3B1, KBC Building, Umeå University

Guest speaker: Professor Jack Saddler, Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada & IEA Bioenergy Task 39 - Commercialising Liquid Biofuels

Bio4Energy host is Leif Jönsson and contact point is Anna Strom.

All welcome.


PhD thesis defence: Cost-effective cultivation of lodge pole pine for biorefinery applications, Umeå, slu logo rgb webSweden, 22 November 2013

Time and place: 1 p.m. at P.O. Backstrom's Auditorium, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Details: SLU researcher Ingegerd Backlund will be defending her PhD thesis. Opponent is Dr Duncan Macquarrie, Chemistry Department, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York, U.K.

SLU Department of Biomaterials and Technology.

All welcome.


PhD Thesis Defence: Significance of hydrolytic enzymes expressed during xylem cell death, Umeå, Sweden, 8 November 2013

Time and place: 10 a.m. at lecture hall F, Humanist Building, Umeå UniversityBio4energy cmyk

Details: Benjamin Bollhörner of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform will be defending his thesis on the Significance of hydrolytic enzymes expressed during xylem cell death. Faculty examiner will be Dr Moritz Nowack of the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology at Ghent University, Belgium. Student supervisor has been Hannele Tuominen of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform and the Umeå Plant Science Centre.
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Bio4Energy Graduate School: Close of the 2013 Biorefinery Pilot Research course, Piteå, Sweden, 7 November 2013Bio4energy cmyk

This course is open to Bio4Energy researchers at the PhD and postdoctoral level. The Biorefinery Pilot Research course is being run by Sylvia Larsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. A 'grand finale' with student presentations and a joint dinner with stakeholders has been announced. This last leg of the course will be hosted by the B4E partner Energy Technology Centre at Piteå.




Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Luleå, Sweden, 15 October 2013

Bio4energy cmykThis meeting will discuss plans and future organisational strategy for Bio4Energy, should it gain a second operational mandate beyond 2015. The theme for research presentations will be strategic collaborative research and development projects in Bio4Energy. An invitation and a meeting programme have been issued to Bio4Energy researchers. Contact point for this meeting is Anna Strom , Bio4Energy Communications.


Inauguration of Torrefaction Pilot Facilities, Umeå, Sweden, 9 October 2013

Fornax BTX Facility Bio4Energy contacts are Anders Nordin and Linda Pommer of the B4E Pretreatment and Fractionation Platform. The inauguration will start at 6:15 p.m. at the site of the Fornax BTX Facility. This is located at a combined heat and power installation adjacent to the Umeå University main campus. BioEndev, Umeå Energi and the Processum Biorefinery Initiative are some of the partners to this event.

Illustration (right) by courtesy of Anders Nordin.


Processum Biorefinery Initiative Ten-year Anniversary, Umeå, Sweden, 9 October 201logotype processum

The SP Processum has invited special guests to celebrate its first ten years in the biorefinery business with an event at Umeå University. The event will start at 4:30 p.m.. Processum contact is Ing-Marie de Wall.


Seminar: Biofuels Programme and the Potential of Bioenergy in Africa, Umeå, Sweden, 8 October 2013UmU Logo

This seminar hosted by Leif Jönsson of Bio4Energy will meet from 3:15 p.m. at lecture hall 450 of the Umeå University Natural Sciences' Building.  

Guest speaker will be Emile van Zyl, Senior Chair of Energy Research in Biofuels, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.


Seminar: The New Pathway for Formation of PCDD/F in Thermal ProcessesUmU Logo, Umeå, Sweden, 4 October 2013

The seminar is hosted by Stellan Marklund and will meet from 1:30 p.m. at the "Small Lecture Hall" (Lilla hörsalen) KB3A9 at the Umeå University KBC Building (Chemistry and Biology complex).

Guest lecturer will be Bogdan Dlugogorski from the Priority Research Centre for Energy, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment of the University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia.


Forest Chemistry Industry-academy Discussion Platform Meeting, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 26 August 2013

Called 'Upscaling of biotechnical routes to green chemicals', this seminar which is open to the public will focus on biochemical conversion of forest-sourced biomass to fuels and "green" chemicals and on taking products made in a research laboratory to the demonstration stage. Contact person is Sune Wännström , SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Where: Premises of Processum Biorefinery Initiative and the Domsjö Fabriker biorefinery, both at Örnsköldsvik.

Preliminary programme:

Invited speaker from European or U.S. demonstration site, TBC

  • Presentation of Biorefinery Demo Plant and SP-Processum pilot facilities at Örnsköldsvik including tour

  • Challenges and opportunities in scale up of biorefinery production

  • Financing opportunities

  • Group discussions


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Inauguration of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Forest Biomaterials and Technology Department, Umeå, Sweden, 22 August 2013

When : 09:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Umeå and SLU BTC pilot plant at Röbäcksdalen

Address: BTC, Skogsmarksgränd & Verkstadsgatan 22

Contact: Johanna Wallsten, SLU, phone: +46 90 786 8497


09:30 Coffee in Åteln, SLU 5th floor

10:00 Information about the new department - P-O Bäckströms sal/Large auditorium, 6th fl.

  • Head of department Michael Finell on R&D on plans for R&D at the new department

  • Håkan Örberg on the pilot plant BTC and the biomass dryer 

  • Scientists from the department on ongoing research projects

12:00 Workshop and lunch (Åteln 5th fl.) with roundtable discussions

14:15 Bus leaves for Röbäcksdalen from entrance at 4th fl.

14:30 Visit of BTC pilot plant and inauguration of new biomass dryer. Coffee will be served.

15:15 Bus ride back to Campus Umeå


10th Congress on Catalysis Applied to Fine Chemicals, Turku/Åbo, Finland, cafclogo J-PM 121212 16-19 June 2013

Bio4Energy contact is Jyri-Pekka Mikkola of the B4E Catalysis and Separation Platform. 


Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification Summer School, Gothenburg and Piteå, Sweden, 12 - 16 AugustSFC logotype 2013

Topic: System safety in large scale biorefinery processes

Objective: To give the participants an overview of system safety and methods for risk assessment, and to train students in the so-called HAZOP method. 

Registration: Please register here by 28 June 2013

Credits: 7.5 ECTS for PhD students at universities connected to the Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification (SFC).

Information: Lena.Nilsson@ltu.se , phone:  +46 920 49 12 21

Fee: Members of the SFC (students or employees): 2 000 kr  

A programme outline is available under this link: pdf  SFC_Summer_School_2013_on_Risk_Assessment


Spring Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 15-16 May 2013Bio4Energy cmyk

This meeting is open to all Bio4Energy researchers and will partly coincide with the first course of the Bio4Energy Graduate School. Registration is open until 29 April.



Bio4Energy Graduate School First Course: Biorefinery Pilot Research, Umeå. Sweden, 14-16 May 2013Bio4energy cmyk

Registration is open to PhD students in Bio4Energy until 15 April 2013. Post-doctoral student may also submit an expression of interest in attending the course. To register, please send an e-mail to the Bio4Energy graduate school coordinator Ulrika Rova, Luleå University of Technology. The Biorefinery Pilot Research course will be run by Sylvia Larsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.   


Seminar by industry-academy Forest Chemistry project, Stockholm, Sweden, 11 April 2013  

Fee: Free of charge
Where: Innventia main office, Drottning Kristina väg 61 B, Stockholm 
Registration to:Ing-Mari de Wall, Processum Biorefinery Initiative  
Contacts: Lars Josefsson, +46 70 558 7673; Leif Jönsson, +46 90 786 6811; Carl Johan Franzen, +46 31 772 3808 

13:00-13:05       Welcome, Lars Josefsson, INEOS Sweden Ltd. 
13:05-13:30       The Forest Chemistry VINNOVA project, Clas Engström, Processum Biorefinery Initiative
13:30-14:30       Advanced biofuel solutions: INEOS Bios technology, Graham Rice, INEOS Bio Ltd.
14:30-15:00       An overview of pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis: status and challenges, Leif Jönsson, Umeå University
15:00-15:30       Coffee break
15:30-15:50       POLYNOL - Integrated production of polymers and ethanol from forest and sugar cane industries, Niklas Berglin, Innventia
15:50-16:20       Other fermentation products besides ethanol - status and challenges, Carl Johan Franzén, Chalmers
16:20-17:00       Discussion on possibilities and challenges


Bio4Energy Graduate School Opening Conference – Skellefteå, Sweden, 19-20 March 2013Bio4energy cmyk

The Bio4Energy Graduate School will officially begin its works on 19-20 March 2013 with a grand opening conference to be held in Skellefteå. On Day 1, from 10.00 to lunch, keynote lectures will be given by well-known guest speakers, while presentations given by PhD students and post-doctorate student will take up the rest of Day 1 and all of Day 2. PhD students and PostDocs are encouraged to submit their abstracts. The best one will be awarded a Solander Award.

The conference is dedicated in particular to PhD students and PostDocs, who will not pay a fee to attend the conference. This is an opportunity for them to present their research, exchange ideas and knowledge and enhance their own networks. Industrial partners and PhD student supervisors are welcome to attend, but will be charged a fee. The conference will be given annually, and participation in at least two of these conferences will be required for graduation. More information about the conference and abstract submission will be sent out after the Christmas vacation, but in the meanwhile book your calendars!



Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 25-27 February 2013UmU Logo 

The Chemical Biological Centre (KBC) at Umeå University play host to this meeting which has sessions dedicated to the kind of research that Bio4Energy conducts.

The KBC homepage says: "The meeting aims to strengthen and display our efforts towards research in the renewable energy field that is carried out within several strong research environments and research programmes at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Solar slu logo rgb web Fuels, Artificial Leaf Project, Bio4Energy, BioImprove  and Trees and Crops for the Future".

PhD students who participate with a poster receive 1 ECTS certificate from the KBC Research School, the announcement says. 
The Organising Committee is made up of Bio4Energy members Johannes Messinger, Leif Jönsson, Johannes Hanson, Hannele Tuominen and Per Gardeström. Göran Samuelsson is also part of the committee. 

pdf  UREM 2013 Programme

HighBio2 Seminar: Biomass To Energy And Chemicals, Luleå, Sweden, 16 January 2013

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Venue: Luleå University of Technology, Porsön, room E246. 
Register with Henna Lämpiäinän.

13:00 Registration 13:15 Opening of the seminar, Ulla Lassi, Professor, University of Oulu / Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
13:30 Modeling of black liquor gasification - current status and comparison with pilot scale experiments, Rikard Gebart, Professor, Division of Energy Science, Luleå University of Technology
14:00 Membrane technology for efficient production of biofuels, Jonas Hedlund, Professor, Division of Sustainable Process Engineering, Luleå University of Technology
14:30 Coffee Break
14:45 Forest Refine - A cross border project for efficient raw material supply to biorefineries, Magnus Matisons, Project Manager - Forest Refine, BioFuel Region
15:05 Pilot Gasifier Producer Gas Analysis and Measurement Arrangements in Sievi Laboratory, Kari Pieniniemi, Researcher, Centria University of Applied Sciences
15:35 Activation of gasification carbon residue for adsorption applications, Sari Kilpimaa, Researcher, University of Oulu
16:05 Catalytic conversion of syngas over CO catalysts, Henrik Romar, Researcher, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius / Ulla Lassi, Professor, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius.
16:30 Discussion
17:00 Closing of the seminar


Bio4Energy Events' Archives Year 2012

Bio4Energy Licentiate Lecture: Isolation and Characterisation of Nano-structured Materials, Luleå, Sweden, 4 December 2012

ltu Martha Herrera, Nanostructured materials isolated from bio-residues and their characterisation, Luleå University of Technology, room E632 at 1 p.m..


Integrated Biofuel Production - Policy and Technology, Lund, Sweden, 29 November 2012

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Creating a Bio4Energy Graduate School, Skellefteå, Sweden, 21 November 2012 

S2BIO logoUlrika Rova of Bio4Energy has been putting together a working group which is to "make concrete plans to implement the entire research school with workshops and courses". To get started she would like for the working group to meet at Skellefteå where discussions will centre around "the coming steps". To join the meeting as a member of the working group, please fill in the doodle that she sent: http://doodle.com/yf7crk5nym2zpcrc. pdf  Bio4Energy_Graduate_School_Ulrika_Rova_8_October_2012


Workshop on Gasification Modelling, Luleå, Sweden, 21 November 2012

SFC logotypeBio4energy cmykThe Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification (SFC) consists of three research nodes that focuses on three different gasification principles. Regardless of gasification principle there are certain aspects of the conversion of fuel particles and gas phase reactions that are the same. However, each gasification principle presents a unique set of challenges for the modelling researcher. This workshop is intended to bring together specialists and engineers with an interest in modelling and to create an environment for the sharing knowledge that hopefully will speed up the development of gasification models. The workshop has two parts, the first focusing on the microscopic details of fuel conversion and the gas phase reactions (sub models). The second targets the macroscopic behavior of the different reactor types (reactor models). The workshop will be made up of presentations and a discussion about the models and sub models.

Workshop dinner. All participants are invited to join a dinner on the evening before the workshop.

08:00–08:30   Introduction and presentation of participants
08:30–09:30   Modelling of fuel particles and gas phase
09:30–10:00   Coffee
10:00–12:00   Modelling of fuel particles and gas phase
12:00–13.00   Lunch
13:00–14:30   Reactor modelling
14:30–15:00   Coffee
15:00–16:30   Reactor modelling
16:30–17:00   Workshop summary and discussion of future work

To register, please send an e-mail to Rikard Gebart , indicating whether you plan to take part in the pre-workshop dinner.

pdf  Gasification_Workshop_21_November_Programme


Bio4Energy Disputation on High Flux Zeolite Membranes, Luleå, Sweden, 16 November ltu greentechnology 2012

Linda Sandström, High Flux Zeolite Membranes for Efficient Production of Biofuels, Luleå University of Technology, 10 a.m. in room C305.


Bioenergy 2012 - Research for a New Generation of Green Products and Chemicals, Piteå, Sweden, 14-15 November 2012

Bio4energy cmykSolander logotype JPEGBio4Energy and Solander Science Park will be co-hosting a Bioenergy 2012 conference at the annual Nolia Energy and Environmental Week. The conference will discuss international front line research on biorefinery and bioenergy made from forest-sourced raw materials or organic waste. 

Innovation and the commercialisation of research results will be a special focus of the Energy and Environmental Week which seeks to attract business leaders, industry representatives, policy makers, researchers and those interested in research and  innovation aimed  at developing tools and methods for conducting efficient and sustainable biorefinery. Registration will be available by mid September on the Nolia (conference organiser) website.

pdf  Bioenergy_2012_Programme_14-15_November


Workshop on Cellulose Derivatives, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 13-14 November 2012    UmU Logo

The Bio4Energy partner Umeå University is co-organising an international Workshop on Cellulose and Cellulose Derivatives. There was a call for abstracts which closed 31 May 2012. The contact person for scientific abstracts was Ulf Germgård, Karlstad University, logo KarlstadUSweden. Sören Back at the Processum Biorefinery Initiative is in charge of communications  and marketing  of this event. Contacts in Bio4Energy are Ulf Edlund  or Stellan Marklund.


UBIOCHEM-III: Sustainable production of fuels/energy, materials & chemicals from biomass, Thessaloniki, GreeceUBIOCHEM logo, 1-3 November 2012 

There was a call for scientific abstracts for the 3rd International Workshop on UBIOCHEM that closed 30 June 2012. Enquiries about this may be send to the Workshop Secretariat by e-mail.

The workshop will feature oral and poster presentation according to certain thematic topics. The authors of the accepted contributions will be invited to submit a full manuscript for publication to "Catalysis Today" (Elsevier), following the standard peer-review process of this journal. A CD rom featuering the workshop abstracts will be made available. Contact persons are Kostas Triantafyllidis and Anastasia Zabaniotou, co-chairs of UBIOCHEM-III Workshop. (No e-mail addresses were submitted for these contacts.)


Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting, Skellefteå, Sweden, 8 October 2012Bio4energy cmyk 

Researchers' Meeting will prepare Bio4Energy's participation to the Bioenergy Conference at the Nolia Environment and Energy Week, 14-15 November 2012 at Piteå, as well as the start of the Bio4Energy Graduate School. Research presentations will be given to describe a European project to upgrade and market European research infrastructures, as well as recent advanced in research on the content of ashes from biomass burning or avenues for its use. Contact point for this meeting is Anna Strom, Bio4Energy Communications.  

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Bio4Energy Environmental Platform Meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 20 September 2012 environmental 600 

The meeting will start at 9 a.m. Presentations will be given a.m. to describe the work by the participating research groups from Umeå University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Luleå University of Technology and the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. The afternoon will be spent developing new joint projects. Contact point for this meeting is Stellan Marklund, head of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform.   


Bioethanol in a Biorefinery Context, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 23-25 May 2012 -- Students who attended this course may be eligible for academic credit. Please check your status with the course coordinator/your contact among the organisers.

This graduate-level course is organised by the European Integrated Project NEMO in collaboration with BIOREGS, Bio4Energy and Umeå University. Contact person at the hosting institution Processum Biorefinery Initiative is Jennie Söderström, phone number +46 6 607 5049.