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Korea Rural Economic Institute visit to Bio4Energy, Umeå, Sweden
May 26, 2015 (15:30)
Anna Strom, Bio4Energy Communications
Thesis defence: Biochemical conversion of biomass to biofuels, Gothenburg, Sweden
May 28, 2015 (13:30)
Student supervisor Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, Bio4Energy Catalysis and Separation Platform. Venue: Chalmers University of Technology
European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Vienna, Austria
June 01, 2015 (08:00)
Benjamin Pantani
EU BC&E: Understanding the sustainability of algae production and utilisation, Vienna, Austria
June 02, 2015 (All Day)
Anna Salimbeni, ETA Florence
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In the Press

Evaluation of Bio4Energy: Umeå universitet får strålande betyg, Umeå University

Bio4Energy research: Renare rökgaser under förbränning, Kemivärlden Biotech

Bio4Energy partners SP ETC & LTU Green Fuels could become hubs for 'power-to-gas' technology: Tre orter kan bli först med ”power-to-gas”, Ny

Bio4Energy research: Renare rökgaser från förbränningsanläggningar, Umeå University

”Ofattbart att regeringen straffskattar bort etanolen”, DN debatt

Forskningsutvärdering: Excellent och världsledande, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Energiomställning kräver nya styrmedel, Luleå tekniska universitet

Wirlwind Tour of Northern Sweden's Biorefinery Pilots Appreciated by Students Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:13

Biorefinery Pilot Research participantsPhD and post-doctoral students lined up in front of the Domsjö Fabriker biorefinery at Örnsköldsvik as the second leg of Biorefinery Pilot Research course was held in September. Photo by courtesy of Björn Alriksson/Sylvia Larsson.

As the first course of the Bio4Energy Graduate School draws to a close this week—with lectures and hands-on experimental workshops for the 18 PhD or post-doctoral students who look set to conclude the course Thursday at Piteå, Sweden—students, organisers and industrial actors involved have given the course thumbs up for offering network opportunities and the possibility to learn by doing.

However, looking to the future, B4E could not rest on its laurels and would, once the course was finished, evaluate and compare that which was achieved with similar post-graduate programmes run by others, said the coordinator of the Biorefinery Pilot Research course Sylvia Larsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

"The course has been marked by a willingness to cooperate across the board by all involved, including pilot owners and on-site facilitators. All have given it their best effort", Larsson said;

"The students are fantastically talented and wanting to achieve things. The only thing is that we would need more time to socialise. We have not quite had the time for that since we have been going full speed from early to late".

Bio4Energy Flagships Presented on Algea-arginine Production, Biorefinery Pilots, Carbon Separation Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Friday, 18 October 2013 19:18

HansHellsmark SP2Bio4Energy researcher Hans Hellsmark, of the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, is part of a B4E team trying to gauge the role of pilot facilities in biorefinery technology development in a societal perspective. Photo by Bio4Energy.

As the Bio4Energy programme manager Stellan Marklund likes to tell stakeholders to the B4E research environment, an important part of B4E’s mission is to foster the kind of research and development (R&D) which is ripe with promise of technological breakthroughs, but likely will be nowhere near the stage of industrial commercialisation for years to come.

Several such collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects, have received support from the Bio4Energy Strategic Funds. This fund only sponsors projects of the highest academic caliber and which are potentially useful for a range of actors along the value chain of relevant biorefinery products. A Bio4Energy Researchers’ Meeting, 15 October at Luleå, highlighted a few such "strategic" B4E projects.

In this review, B4E Communications has received a helping hand from researchers directly involved in shaping these projects and who gave presentations at the meeting.

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.

As reported by Bio4Energy in May, the pilot facilities were designed to trial torrefaction technology based on some ten patents owned by B4E researchers at Umeå University as the small clean-tech firm BioEndev. The Torrefaction Pilot will turn out 150 kilogrammes of torrefied material per hour, while the future demonstration unit, to be located at Holmsund just outside Umeå, is set to churn out two tonnes of "green" coal per hour.

Researchers Recommed Use of Cassava Stems for Greater Food Availability, Biomass-for-fuel Yield Print E-mail
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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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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
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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.
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