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SP Processum Membership Meeting, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
March 24, 2015 (13:00)
Clas Engström, SP Processum CEO
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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
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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.
Important Step in Wood Formation Demonstrated by Bio4Energy Scientists Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom and Edouard Pesquet   

A multi-national research team of researchers in Bio4Energy has
been able to Edouard Pesquet 26413Bio4Energy scientist Edouard Pesquet working in the lab at the Umeå Plant Science Centre, in northern Sweden. Photo by Kjell Olofsson, UPSC/Bio4Energy. demonstrate an important step in wood formation: that a part of plants only forms after the cells that make them up die. According to the research group leader, Edouard Pesquet of Umeå University, the finding is an important step in understanding the way in which wood is constructed and, in turn, can be taken apart in a way suitable for making bio-based products.

What Pesquet’s team at the Umeå Plant Science Centre has done, using a combination of techniques, is to trace the formation of lignin in the vessels through which water and nutrients are transported throughout two model plants.

Lignin is one of the two most prevalent polymers in plants, providing stiffness to their stems and leaves. In an article in the Advance Online version of the prestigious The Plant Cell scientific journal, the UPSC researchers show that, in the walls of the so-called xylem vessels, lignin only forms after the host cells “commit suicide”.

“The wood cell will kill itself and [together with other deceased cells] become a cylinder—the hydro-mineral sap is conducted in the void inside the wood vessels created by the cell suicide. Reinforcement of the conducting structure will then be made post mortem by enabling the lateral cell wall of the wood to lignify", explained the assistant professor Pesquet from his office at Umeå, Sweden.

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City of Piteå: Love for Forests, Biofuel Development, Featured by Swedish Radio Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Friday, 10 May 2013 14:21
Bio4Energy is publishing a special reportage made for Swedish RobertBergman 2387Robert Bergman, right, of Piteå Presents/Municipality of Piteå is one of those being drawn in the radio clip, below, on the city of Piteå's devotion to and reliance on the forest as a source of income, growth and development of "green" fuels and chemicals for the future. Photo by Bio4Energy.
public radio on challenges facing Piteå, a Swedish city traditionally carried by its access to forests and the raw materials that people take from them. Today, Piteå is home to biofuel demonstration facilities by which researchers, such as those on the B4E Thermochemical Platform, together with industry, have developed a near-zero-emission dimethyl ether from a byproduct of making pulp. According to the audio reportage, eight commercial freight trucks are being tested in operations across the country, filling up their tanks at four pioneer bioDME filling station.

B4E funds an "important" strand of research and development at the Energy Technology Centre at Piteå, according to its CEO, Magnus Marklund of B4E. There ETC researchers on the B4E Thermochemical Platform and colleagues have invented a method for turning woody residue from logging operations, such as stumps and bark, into fuels and bioenergy in a single step, using gasification technology. The main product is a high-quality synthesis gas which carries great promise, according to Marklund. He is set to present the ETC research and development actitivites to B4E researchers meeting at Umeå, Sweden, 16 May.
Efficient Hybrid Technology for Bioethanol Production Stirs Interest of 'Forest Chemistry' Seminar Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom and Leif J. Jönsson   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 16:43
An efficient hybrid technology for producing bioethanol from Indian River INEOS BioThe Indian River Bioenergy Centre site, home to INEOS Bio's demonstration facilities at Vero Beach, Florida, U.S.A. Photo by courtesy of INEOS Bio.
lignocellulosic waste that implies a gasification step and a bacterial fermentation step, demonstrated in Florida, has stirred interest among Swedish “green” chemistry stakeholders meeting at a seminar in Stockholm last week.

Bio4Energy’s man at the ‘Forest Chemistry’ seminar, Leif J. Jönsson of Umeå University said the technology had apparent advantages and was flexible. Patented by biofuel maker INEOS Bio, it went right to the heart of B4E’s expertise, he said.

“Hybrid technology development requires competency in gasification and fermentation technology”, the UmU professor Jönsson said: “This is something that Bio4Energy is well placed to look at. This has relevance for [the B4E] Thermochemical and Biochemical Platforms”.
Students Shine Along With Keynotes at Opening of B4E Graduate School; One Wins Prize - Video Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Monday, 25 March 2013 18:11
Last week a conference in Sweden opened the Bio4Energy LindsayOhlin PhD 3002Lindsay Ohlin, PhD, scored the 2013 Solander Biorefinery Award for the "best" student presentation of the Bio4Energy Graduate School opening conference. Photo by Bio4Energy.
Graduate School on the innovative use of biomass. At Skellefteå distinguished keynote speakers rubbed shoulders with student presenters, one of whom was singled out to receive a SEK20,000 (€2378) award for her "focused" talk on biogas scrubbing.

Former head of the Swedish Energy Agency, Tomas Kåberger of Chalmers University of Technology, 19 March joined the 40-strong gathering to share some of his considerable experience in energy systems and the policies and drivers needed to make them sustainable. Bio4Energy is publishing an audiovisual excerpt of his talk below. Jan Lagerström of the Swedish Forest Industries' Federation, for his part, described the industry's efforts to conceive of biomass-based innovations and its commitment to the research agenda of the European Forest Technology Platform.

Somewhere in between the keynote addesses, however, Lindsay Ohlin of Luleå University of Technology took the floor to tell some 30 PhD student colleagues and a few senior B4E members of her work to remove carbon dioxide (C02) and water from methane-based biogas intended for use as fuel. The two substances inherent to the renewable raw materials on which the gas was based brought down the "heat value" of the fuel: "We want to separate them out because they don't burn", Ohlin said.
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