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Uphill Struggle for Forest Biotech Entrepreneur despite 'Added Value' of Product Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Friday, 16 November 2012 16:51
Commercialising forest biotechnology can be an uphill struggle despite having a MatsJohnson SweTreeTechnologies 2497Mats Johnson of the clean technology company SweTree Technologies is a forest biotechnology entrepreneur based at Umeå in northern Sweden. Photo by Bio4Energy.
well-performing product with a low environmental impact to offer, a conference on research and innovation in the area of bioenergy and biorefinery has heard.

Mats Johnson of SweTree Technologies, a Sweden-based SME developing biotechnological products or solutions for the forestry industry, told delegates to Bioenergy 2012 at Piteå, Sweden, that his company’s commercial product arGrow®, a fertilizer with a low environmental impact, had received somewhat of a cool reception among the country’s large forestry companies.

“Generally speaking the large (Swedish forestry) companies are not very good at adopting biotechnology” solutions, said Johnson, SweTree CEO, in a speech 15 November. However, “some are interested, but we are at an early stage in the process. In fact, there are only three companies in the world that have made biotechnological solutions their specialty”.

What sets arGrow® apart from traditional fertilizers is the fact that it is based on the amino acid arginine rather than on ammonium nitrate, the latter of which chemical may leak to cause soils and water to acidify. The technology behind arGrow® carries the signature of a team of researchers in Bio4Energy, led by professor Torgny Näsholm of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Bio4Energy to Host Bioenergy 2012 Conference Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:13
This month Bio4Energy and the Solander Science Park will be hostingMN AS JH OrgBioenergy2012We hope to see you at Bioenergy 2012. The organisers from left: Maria Näslund, Solander Science Park (SSP); Anna Strom, Bio4Energy (B4E); Johan Hedin and Lotta Karlsson, both SSP. Photo by Stellan Marklund, B4E.
Bioenergy 2012—a conference on research and innovation to support a new generation of products and chemicals based on raw materials from the forest or organic waste. The conference Bioenergy 2012—for a New Generation of Green Products and Chemicals will take place 14-15 November at Pite Havsbad, at Piteå in northern Sweden.

“With this conference we want to spread our research results in northern Sweden. Reaching out to business and industry is an important part of our work, said Stellan Marklund, programme manager of the research environment Bio4Energy and a professor at Umeå University, at Umeå, a few hours’ drive south of Piteå.

Solander Science Park (SSP), for its part, has a mission to link up businesses with the research community so that scientific discoveries may be developed and turned into marketable products. This makes the SSP an ideal partner for Bio4Energy in the quest to create meeting places for bioenergy and biorefinery researchers, on the one hand, and industry and business entrepreneurs, on the other, Marklund said.
Swedish Research Council Backs Projects on Emissions from Biomass Combustion, CO2 Separation Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Monday, 05 November 2012 19:35
A couple of Bio4Energy researchers are set to receive multi-year ChristofferBoman JohanGunseus SynkBio4Energy researcher Christoffer Boman studies chemical properties of emissions of particulate matter from biomass combustion to better undertand their negative effects on health. Photo by Johan Gunséus, Synk.
funding from one of Sweden’s most well-respected research funding bodies, to conduct research on emissions from biomass combustion and on using ionic liquids to separate carbon dioxide (CO2) from synthesis gas or biogas, respectively.

Affiliated with Umeå University (UmU) and Luleå University of Technology (LTU), respectively, Christoffer Boman and Xiaoyan Ji, both received grants of about SEK800,000 per year for three years.

The announcement came last week with the posting of an Excel file on the website of the Swedish Research Council, revealing this year's list of award-winning projects in its Science and Technology category. While procedure has it that no grant is confirmed before a project instigator holds in his or her hand a physical letter from SRC, attesting to the veracity of the grant, at least the posting of the online list should be an indication of which applicants will get lucky.
Government Grant to Fund Development Trials at Ethanol Pilot Print E-mail
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Written by Anna Strom   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:55
Scientists on the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform have won a grant KB UR MS Biochem 1012Kris Berglund (left), Ulrika Rova and Magnus Sjöblom of Bio4Energy won a grant to trial production of butyeric acid at the 10,000-litre scale. Photo: Leif Nyberg, Luleå University of Technology
designed to support trials at the Ethanol Pilot—Sweden’s only large-scale demonstration unit for biorefinery production, at Örnsköldsvik—of a bio-based acid that may be used as a food ingredient, solvent or aroma, in cosmetic applications or as a softener in plastics.

Thanks to the SEK3.9 million grant from the Swedish Energy Agency, Bio4Energy researchers Kris Berglund, Ulrika Rova and Magnus Sjöblom, all of Luleå University of Technology (LTU), next month will start trials to scale up production of butyric acid from forest-sourced raw materials or agricultural residue.

Having perfected the technology in their research laboratories at LTU in northern Sweden and at Michigan State University, U.S.A., the researchers would attempt to scale up by several steps an anaerobic fermentation process in which bacteria converts biomass into the high-value chemical in question, Berglund said, on the phone from LTU where he is a professor.
A New Leader in Bio4Energy Print E-mail
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Written by Anna Strom   
Monday, 08 October 2012 17:52
As of this month, Bio4Energy has a new leader. Marianne Sommarin, B4E Board 512A change of leadership for the Bio4Energy Board. From left: Marianne Sommarin, Ulf Edlund, Stellan Marklund; all of Umeå University. Right: Kristina Elg Christoffersson, Domsjö Fabriker. Photo by Bio4Energy.
deputy vice chancellor of Umeå University, in northern Sweden, will be taking over the chairmanship of the B4E Board when its reunites 25 October.

Today she went to meet 40 B4E researchers gathered at a biannual
Bio4Energy Researchers’ Meeting, given at Skellefteå, Sweden.

Sommarin, who is also a professor of plant biochemistry, and a part of the Umeå University management group, is the second person to hold the chairmanship of the B4E Board. She succeeds Ulf Edlund, an Umeå University professor of organic chemistry who retired this year. Edlund headed up the Board from the start of the Bio4Energy strategic research environment in 2010, until its latest meeting in May 2012.

In addition to the Board’s core task to oversee and to direct B4E budgetary allocations, Sommarin will take over a shared responsibility for updating and extending the programme’s research and development (R&D) strategy, one leg of which will cover the last couple of years of the first five-year funding period granted B4E by the Swedish government.
B4E Environmental: LCA, Biomass Combustion Highligts of Meeting with New Partner SP Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Saturday, 22 September 2012 00:34
Recent research projects on nutrient recycling from biomass SP 20912The life-cycle assessors: From left Stellan Marklund, B4E; Johanna Berlin, Johanna Jönsson, Frida Røyne and Johan Thorén, all of SP. Photo by Bio4Energy.ash and on biofuel production from biomass mixed with household waste have been showing promising results, a meeting of the Bio4Energy Environmental Platform heard this week. Moreover, much awaited work to run environmental quality checks on Bio4Energy’s research had kick-started with a new cooperation between B4E and the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, participants to the meeting at Umeå, in northeastern Sweden, were told.

Commonly known as SP, the 1200-strong state-run research institute will lend no less than four of its Gothenburg-based researchers on systems analysis to B4E, with the aim of them carrying out a life-cycle assessment (LCA) on various tools and methods for conducting sustainable biorefinery, developed by researchers in B4E. This means that the SP employees Johan Thorén, Frida Røyne, Johanna Jönsson and Johanna Berlin are official members of B4E.

“We are happy to cooperate with SP. You are the glue that binds together researchers and business and industry (in Sweden). I really believe in this cooperation. It is of strategic importance to us”, said the B4E programme manager Stellan Marklund, head of the Environmental Platform, with a nod to the SP co-workers at the gathering of the B4E Environmental Platform.
Bio4Energy to Co-host Bioenergy Conference with Solander Science Park Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 September 2012 12:52
bioenergi rgbBio4Energy and the Solander Science Park are joining forces to host this year’s Bioenergy  
conference—an annually recurring event by Nolia conference organisers aimed at business leaders, policy makers and scientists interested in bioenergy and biorefinery research and development.

Given at Pite Havsbad at Piteå, on the east cost of northern Sweden, 14-15 November, the conference will see Bio4Energy researcher line up to describe the latest scientific advances globally as this relates to the development of methods and tools for conducting efficient and sustainable biorefinery and to develop bioenergy techniques.

As a second strand, well-known Swedish experts on the commercialisation of research results will be discussing ways in which to boost innovation and to create meeting places for academia and their counterparts in industry.
SFC Summer School on Biomass Gasification Set for Success Print E-mail
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Written by Anna Strom   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:09

By the end of this week 32 people from Sweden and other countries  B4G Res 611Scientists in Bio4Gasification, the research arm of the Swedish Centre of Biomass Gasification. Rikard Gebart at centre in light-coloured shirt. Photo by Anna Strom©.
with a professional interest in biomass gasification research and development are set to know more on the subject.

From 13 to 17 August, leading experts on biomass gasification are giving the year-old Swedish Centre for Biomass Gasification's first ever summer school for graduate students and industry-based engineers, at Luleå University of Technology in northern Sweden.

The gasification experts—a number of whom are researchers in Bio4Energy—are at Luleå to share their knowledge on ways in which to turn forest-sourced biomass or organic waste into synthesis gas—an energy rich gas suitable for being turned into heating or automotive fuels with a minimal environmental impact—and to avoid pitfalls on the way.

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