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International conference: Lignin - Biosynthesis & Utilisation, Umeå, Sweden
August 24, 2014 (09:00)
Edouard Pesquet, Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform
BioInnvoation General Assembly
August 26, 2014 (All Day)
Jan Lagerström, Swedish Forest Industries' Federation; Stellan Marklund, Bio4Energy Programme Manager
Nordic Biogas Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland
August 27, 2014 (09:00)
Energy Technology Centre at Piteå 25-year Anniversary, Piteå, Sweden
August 29, 2014 (10:00)
Magnus Marklund, Bio4Energy Thermohemical Platform and ETC at Piteå
Bioenergy from Forest Conference, Helsinki, Finland
September 15, 2014 (09:00)
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In the Press



For plant biomass, size and age beat climate, Futurity/University of Arizona

Bio4Energy cooperation partner: EU-miljoner till biogasen i norra Sverige!, Biofuel Region

Elevance and Genting to Collaborate on New Biorefinery, Paint & Coatings Industry Magazine

Bio4Energy partners in two of three projects: 1,9 miljarder till svenskt bioenergiprojekt, Swedish Energy Agency

Feature: Overcoming adversity, Biofuels International

Moving towards a circular economy, Green (Living) Review

Europen Comission stakeholder consultation: Have your say on the future of science, IP Frontline

Torrefaction Pilot Facilites Inaugrated at Umeå Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 15:57

Torref fac inaug 81013Umea Energi CEO Göran Ernstson and municipality representatives Lennart Holmlund and Elvy Söderström launch the process of setting up torrefaction demonstration facilities close to Umeå, in northern Sweden, by showeling some dirt to signal that the start of constructing the plant. Photo by Bio4Energy.

Bio4Energy researchers and industrial partners yesterday showcased the results of intense efforts to create state-of-the art pilot facilities for a biomass pre-treatment technique which has stirred interest internationally for its ability to produce an energy-dense, easy-to-transport form of ”green” coal.

Situated just off the main university campus at Umeå, Sweden, the torrefaction pilot facilities were opened in grand pomp by Göran Ernstson, CEO of Umeå Energi, the local energy utility, and representatives from the two partnering municipalities of Umeå and Örnsköldsvik, in the presence of just under a hundred invited guests.

These latter had just the time to witness the start up of the pilot before being asked to step outside again, this time to see the municipality representatives Elvy Söderström and Lennart Holmlund jointly digging a shovel into a heap of dirt—erected on a small scene for the occasion, next to a stack of torrefied material and a juvenile Norway spruce tree—in a symbolic gesture to signal the launch next year of the first demonstration facility to scale up the "unique" technology being trialed at the pilot, according to lead researcher Anders Nordin.

Researchers Recommed Use of Cassava Stems for Greater Food Availability, Biomass-for-fuel Yield Print E-mail
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Written by Anna Strom   
Friday, 13 September 2013 15:06

A new use of the cassava plant—a woody shrub grown in tropical or subtropical regions of the world—could mean an increase in the availability of food, while at the same time providing a new source of biofuel, whether solid, liquid or gaseous, a team of Swedish and Chinese researchers have found. Starch grains in cassava stem SX 913Starch grains seen in a cross section of a cassava stem. Photo by courtesy of Shaojun Xiong.

“Cassava stems have previously been overlooked in starch and energy production”, the researchers, of whom two of Bio4Energy, say in a study freshly published in the online version of Global Change Biology Bioenergy, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Today the cassava plant is extensively cultivated for its starchy tuberous root and is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and maize, according to online encyclopedias. Being drought tolerant by nature and capable of growing on marginal soils, it is a major food staple in the developing world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. Countries like China have turned their interest to cassava for its suitability as a feedstock in bioethanol production.

However, because so many less well-to-do people rely on the cassava—alternatively called manioc, yuca, balinghoy, mogo, mandioca, kamoteng kahoy, tapioca or manioc root plant; depending on where in the world it is grown—biofuel making based on the cassava root could easily been seen as an example of one man’s food being turned into another man’s fuel. This week the European Parliament voted to prevent such displacement of food production, or of land used to grow food or feed, by capping the use of so-called first-generation biofuel in the EU at six per cent of its goal to have ten per cent of final energy use in automotive transport come from renewable sources by 2020.

Possibility for Technology Transfer Emerges at Ecuador Renewable Energy Meeting Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 14:53
Bio4Energy and its partners could be a sounding board and a KentaroUmeki EcaudorREN 713Kentaro Umeki, a biomass gasification researcher in Bio4Energy, tells mainly Latin American renewable energy stakeholders meeting in Quito, in July, about the Swedish energy system and the contribution of Bio4Energy. Photo by courtesy of Kentaro Umeki.
source of technology transfer for Ecuador, as stakeholders in its government and academia prepare to step up action on plans to reduce the heavy dependence of its country's energy sector on hydrocarbons for heat, power and automotive fuels, a B4E researcher has suggested. Technology designed to make two or more energy-dependent industrial processes function smoothly together—such as in a combined heat and power (CHP) operation—or guidance on the way in which to apply system analysis on energy production pathways, could be especially in demand.

This is according to Kentaro Umeki, an assistant professor at the Luleå University of Technology in Sweden. Late July, he described not only B4E, but also the Swedish energy system to a 100-delegate-strong international meeting in Quito, the Ecuadorian capital. It had gathered to shore up renewable energy contacts in view of kick starting the work to realise a “sustainable energy and energy transition” in the oil-producing nation ensconced between its larger neighbours Colombia and Peru, on the northern stretch of Latin America’s Pacific coastline.
Bio-based Technology for Water Filtration Demonstrated in Sweden Print E-mail
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Written by Anna Strom   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:30
This week an EU research and innovation project demonstrated a AjiMathew KristiinaOksman 30813Bio4Energy researchers Aji Mathew and Kristiina Oksman head up an EU-sponsored project designed to make bio-based filters for water purification. Photo by courtesy of the Luleå University of Technology.
technology that will scale up production of a bio-based composite material which, project researchers hope, will be used in future to make filters for water purification. The demonstration was performed at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in Sweden, where the material made from biorefinery residue was first put together by Bio4Energy scientists, a B4E expert on nanotechnological applications of bio-based products confirmed.
LTU professor Kristiina Oksman in spring 2012 saw her team’s research breakthrough attracting coverage by media outlets around the world, and revealed that the team’s industrial partner, Domsjö Fabriker of Aditya Birla, was showing keen interest in the new material.

Apart from potentially doing away with the problem of how to dispose of the biorefinery’s waste sludge, commercial production of the new material could mean a viable bio-based alternative had been found to petrochemical or metal-based materials in food packaging liners, the researchers said. However, financial support was needed to take production of the promising product from the laboratory scale to volumes that could start making sense to commercial operators, all the while ensuring the process was cost efficient, Oksman explained at the time.
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.
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