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April 28, 2014 (13:00)
Monica Andersson, SSF
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April 29, 2014 (All Day)
Lars Sandström, Biofuel Region
EU Member States Vote on the Creation of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, Brussels, Belgium
May 06, 2014 (All Day)
Anna Strom, Bio4Energy Communications
North Sweden EU Forum, Skellefteå & Luleå, Sweden
May 06, 2014 (09:00)
Mikael Janson, North Sweden
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Bio4Energy Partner ETC Set to Expand Team, Activities, on Biomass Conversion Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Friday, 02 August 2013 13:34
Infrastructure at Pitea 2813 Sida 06The Energy Technology Centre, a Bio4Energy member organisation, is part of a dynamic biofuel research and development cluster at Piteå in northern Sweden. Photo montage by courtesy of Magnus Marklund. The Energy Technology Centre at Piteå—a 15-employee-strong not-for-profit firm in northern Sweden and a founding member of Bio4Energy—is set to expand its work on bioenergy and biorefinery applications and has just launched a call for three more researchers to join the ETC.

By 20 August, ETC CEO This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it said he hoped to have "well-matched" candidates lined up for taking on research and development work on biomass gasification, on the development and upgrading of pyrolysis oil from forest-sourced materials and on combustion process "diagnostics".

“We are launching a drive to shore up our work on pyrolysis oil, a part of which we have iniatiated in Bio4Energy and which is one of our most important strategic research projects”, said Marklund, who took over the responsibility for ETC’s executive management in 2012 from B4E colleague Rikard Gebart, head of the B4E Thermochemical Platform and professor at the Luleå University of Technology.
One in Three Cars in Sweden Could Run on Biofuels by 2030 Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Friday, 05 July 2013 18:42
By 2030 one in three cars in Sweden could run on biofuel made in RobertKraft StockPhotosBranches and tops from forestry operations in mainly coniferous forests could be the stuff of biofuels that Swedes choose to put in the tank in future. Photo by Robert Kraft, Stock Photos.
the country and mainly from residue from forestry operations or non-edible agricultural produce such as biomass-based waste.

This is according to a report submitted by Swedish researchers to an official government investigation on how to wean the Swedish transport sector of fossil fuels by 2050 and to make it “carbon neutral”.

The Production of Today’s and Future Sustainable Biofuels report, written in part by Bio4Energy researchers, suggests that the country could increase its annual biofuel production to as much as 25-35 terawatt hours (TWh), keeping with today’s “technological restrictions, and to a certain extent also ecological and economic restrictions”.

Sweden’s current biofuel production has been estimated at three TWh, part of a total energy supply in 2010 of 616 TWh, 96 TWh of which found final use in the transport sector, according to 2012 statistics from the Swedish Energy Agency.
Bio4Energy Cooperation with Industry Focus of Newsletter Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 17:11
By 2 July, Bio4Energy had issued a thematic newsletter for
June-August 2013 Happy summer from B4E 2013On popular demand, Bio4Energy has issued a newsletter on some of its R&D projects in which industry or research institutes are weighty cooperation partners. On this note, we would like to wish you a happy summer—from a rainy Sweden, but where the tulips still stand. Photo by Bio4Energy. outlining several projects in which B4E researchers have not only delivered results to advance biorefinery technology, but also cooperated extensively with industry, research institutes and academia.

Here are some highlights:
  • Bio4Energy Collaborations (Presentations from a recent B4E  seminar on the subject may be downloaded here.)
  • Biofuel report to Sweden's Investigation on Fossil-fuel-free Transport Imminent
  • Inauguration of Torrefaction Pilot Set for October
  • Research Breakthrough: Important Wood Polymer Forms on Death of Helper Cells
  • Algae, Environmentally-benign Fertilizer Production Demonstrated at Umeå
  • Awaited Database to Produce Economic Benefit

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Bio4Energy Researcher Recieve Royal 'Clean Tech' Award Print E-mail
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Written by Anna Strom   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 16:29
Two Bio4Energy researchers have received what has been popularly termed Textiles from trees AS11513Could textiles production be made more environmentally sound using cellulose from wood or woody residues as raw materials? Researchers in Bio4Energy think so and received an award in encouragement to 'keep up the good work'. Photo by Anna Strom©.
"the King’s Award" for "clean" technology development.  

Handed over last month by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf himself, the SEK85,000 (€9,705)-a-piece scholarships were designed to encourage young and promising researchers, in B4E's case to continue their “fantastic” work on ionic liquids to support environmentally-sound textile making from cellulose and on zeolite membranes for the capture or separation of gases or liquids in biofuel production, respectively.

Dilip Govind Raut of Umeå University (UmU) and Linda Sandström of Luleå University of Technology (LTU) each were granted a scholarship, along with the honour of being acknowledged by the Foundation King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 50th Anniversary Fund for Science, Technology and Environment.

Both researchers travelled to Stockholm last month to receive their awards at a two-hour function at a royal library in the Swedish capital, along with 14 other scholarship recipients.

“You do work on important issues which may make a difference in future. The scholarship is designed to encourage you to keep up your fantastic work”, the king said in an address in Swedish to the 16 royal scholars, of whom two were non-Swedish speakers.
SP + Processum = Bio4Energy Strategic Partners Join Forces Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 17:15
The SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden is set to take a 60 ClasEngstrom ProcessumClas Engström, Processum CEO, at a meeting for its members in November 2012. Photo by Bio4Energy.
per cent share in Bio4Energy strategic partner Processum Biorefinery Initiative.

“I see it as a great boost for the organisation and for northern Sweden”, said Processum CEO Clas Engström, “we have not had such an industrial research institute in northern Sweden”.

The partial takeover means that Processum—which is constructed as a research and development umbrella for 21 industrial companies in the biorefinery sector in northern Sweden, but based in the city of Örnsköldsvik—becomes a subsidiary to SP, Engström said, referring to the new constellation as “SP-Processum”.

“It can only mean good things for us to join [an organisational] structure with so many employees. It will be good for us, structurally speaking”, he added.  According to the SP website, this “leading international research institute”, headquartered in Borås, not far from Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast, has 1,300 researchers and experts working across a range of "technical areas".
European Biomass Conference: Meet Bio4Energy Researchers in Copenhagen Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom and Markus Broström   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:55
Bio4Energy is set to make a significant contribution to this year's EUBCE2012 LindaPommerThe Bio4Energy researcher Linda Pommer (far left) was part of a B4E/Umeå University delegation to last year's European Biomass Conference in Milan. Photo by courtesy of 20th EU BC&E 2012.
European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in June—on 'Setting the course for a bio-based economy'—with up to 20 B4E researchers travelling from northern Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark to participate.

Highlights of B4E work to be discussed includes studies on the way in which the operations of a commercial pulp mill may be made more efficient by checking that its process are well integrated, or the effects of chemical breakdown of hemicelluloses on the thermo-chemical stability of pre-treated biomass materials, respectively.

The B4E researchers will be presenting research results, chairing sessions or taking part in match-making events organised as part of the 3-7 June 21st EU BC&E, a global heavyweight of a conference for stakeholders in the bio-based sector. According to the conference website, this year's event drew some 850 abstracts from scientists or business stakeholders in more than 60 countries, corresponding to one or more of the following five “conference subjects”:
Genome of Norway Spruce Mapped by Scientists in Sweden Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Friday, 24 May 2013 15:30
The genome of the Norway spruce—the most economically important tree species for the spruceOffshoot of the Köttsjö spruce, the model spruce tree of the project. Photo by Håkan Lindgren©.
much of the forestry industry in the boreal belt, and thus for pulp and paper makers and related industries—has been mapped by researchers in Sweden. The sequencing revealed that this kind of spruce has about as many genes as humans; however, its genome is about seven times larger. The findings have been published in the well-respected Nature scientific journal.

Lead researchers at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, who collaborate as the Umeå Plant Science Centre, together with a Stockholm-based Science for Life Laboratory, took about three years together to crack the nut. From Bio4Energy, feedstock scientists Totte Nittylä, Hannele Tuominen and Björn Sundberg have been involved in the project.

The researchers say the results may speed up scientific progress when it comes to modifiying trees to make them suitable for specific purposes of use or more resistant to pests. 

Swedish public radio aired three clips, of which we publish the most substantive one, airing 23 May on the Vetandets värld radio show, on the Sveriges Radio P1 station.

Scientific article: Nystedt B. et al, The Norway spruce genome sequence and conifer genome evolution, Nature (2013), published online 22 May 2013. 

Meeting Goals But Facing New Ones – Industrial Collaborations Discussed by Researchers’ Meeting Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:14
There is a discrepancy between what authorities expect B4E Res Meet 16513 JohannaMossberg PerGardeströmBio4Energy reserachers meeting at Umeå to discuss their collaborations with industry in the biorefinery and bioenergy sector. Per Gardeström and Johanna Mossberg are on the first row. Photo by Bio4Energy. from research organisations such as Bio4Energy and what these latter can usefully achieve. Or so it would seem given claims made at a recent meeting at Umeå, Sweden, for researchers in this 180-scientist-strong biorefinery research environment.

As its acting head said in words and with PowerPoint slides, as one of the Swedish government’s 43 Strategic Research Environments, B4E was “fulfilling its promises”. However, through its annual self evaluation—issued to Swedish authorities and in part to the government, and which is performed against a set of 100 question—it has become apparent that researchers are expected, to a much greater degree than a few years ago, to become business entrepreneurs. This year and last, the Strategic Research Environments were asked to state the number of start-ups created, as well as provide proof that new products had sprung directly out of advice or research and development by their scientists. 

"We are fulfilling our promises. We have grown from about 40 members to [more than] 170… and have more than doubled the funding thanks to external funds [from collaborating entities]. But the Swedish [legislative] research proposal says we should collaborate more with industry and society”, Stellan Marklund of Umeå University told a B4E Researchers' Meeting. He was referring to an October 2012 Research Bill, setting out the Swedish government's research and development priorities and budget for 2013-2016, designed to put the Nordic country on a par with the European Union ambition of the block becoming a leader in research and innovation.
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