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October 21, 2014 (All Day)
Anna Strom, Bio4Energy; Sören Back, SP Processum
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October 26, 2014 (16:30)
Rainer Backman, Bio4Energy Thermochemical Platform
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October 27, 2014 (00:00)
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In the Press


Italy pushes ahead with 'next generation' biofuels from waste, American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria

Småskaligt jordbruk kan mätta många munnar, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Bio4Energy researcher Joakim Lundgren and others: ”Att sluta forska om biobränslen är som att skjuta sig i foten”, Ny Teknik

Virkesmängden ökar i skogen, P3 Direkt - Vetenskap och miljö

From Bio4Energy's friends at Purdue University: Research looks at how cellulose is produced, Canadian Biomass Magazine

Lignin 2014: Lignin: Ett alternativ till fossil råvara i produkter, Nordisk Papperstidning/

World-leading research from Bio4Energy: Världsledande forskning om nya produkter från skogen, Skogsriket

Bio4Energy partner SP Processum: Forskningsföretag i expansivt skede, Allehanda

Lignin 2014: Lignin – A Possible Substitute for Petrochemicals in Products, Nordic Paper Journal/

Lignin 2014: Framtidens superämne - lignin, Västerbottens-Kuriren

Bio4Energy member organisation: ETC fyller 25 år med ljus framtid, Affärer i

Lignin 2014: Restprodukt med stora möjligheter, Norrbottens Affärer/Piteåtidningen

Lignin 2014: Trädens lignin hett bland forskarna, Lantbruk & Skogsland

Lignin 2014: Lignin 2014 startar i Umeå, Kemivärlden Biotech

Swedish Metabolomics Centre Opens at Umeå Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013 17:08
This week a research technology support centre opened its doors MarianneSommarin JohanSchnürer 2898 cmprMarianne Sommarin of Umeå University and Johan Schnürer from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences inaugurate the universities' joint Swedish Metabolomics Centre. SMC facility manager Jonas Gullberg looks on. Photo by Anna Strom©.
in Sweden for researchers trying to understand the metabolome—defined as the full complement of products resulting from metabolic action in an organism, tissue or cell at a given physiological or developmental stage—whether this metabolic system be the human one or that of plants and trees.

Headed up by a senior Bio4Energy technician, the Swedish Metabolomics Centre is guaranteed five years worth of funding to cover the centre’s running costs thanks to a “substantial” grant from the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW), a Swedish fund. The grant means that activities at the existing metabolomics’ facility at Umeå University (UmU), developed in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) since 2002, can not go on, but also be expanded and infrastructure upgraded.

“Our ambition is to become national centre”, offering access to advanced research instrumentation and on-demand provision of services such as metabolomic analyses by the centre’s technicians and experts, said SMC facility manager Jonas Gullberg. Provision of training courses in using the technology or conferences relaying research results could also be envisaged, he said.
Bio4Energy Reaching Research Goals, Stepping Up Outreach Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:48
In its third year of operation, the research environment Bio4Energy DIFutureEnergy 012Last year was the first in which Bio4Energy went full speed with its research and development and outreach activities. The article featured was published in a January 2012 excerpt to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri. Photo by Bio4Energy.
grew to include 171 researchers—48 women and 123 men—who published 95 peer-reviewed publications and made 14 applications in view of patenting innovations, some of which clear-cut research breakthroughs.

B4E also stepped out its outreach activities, giving a public conference together with external partners, as well as provided 18 more popular science events or publications directed at stakeholders in industry, policy makers, presumptive students, academia and others interested in biorefinery and bioenergy research and development. However, B4E communications suggested that greater focus be placed on outreach to industry in the years ahead. 

These results have been gleaned from an annual evaluation of Bio4Energy for 2012 which, as a research environment with support from the Swedish government, each year submits a Strategic Research Environment Questionnaire to Swedish authorities backed up by attachments listing most things from members and publications, to finances and “public impact”.
Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting Set to Score Record Number of Participants Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 February 2013 16:55
The annual Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting is about to kick UREM 16312 052Hannele Tuominen of the Umeå Plant Science Centre hands Johannes Messinger of Umeå University a gift at the close of last year's Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting. Photo by Bio4Energy.
off 25 February with 250 participants registered and several sessions chaired by Bio4Energy researchers—more than in any of the previous four UREMs given on both accounts.

The following morning will be given over mainly to biochemical conversion of forest-sourced biomass to fuels or “green” chemicals, drawing on enzymatic or microbial conversion routes. These sessions (3 and 4) will be chaired by the Umeå University (UmU) professor Leif Jönsson who heads the Bio4Energy Biochemical Platform. Moreover in the “Bio4Energy Session” starting at 11 a.m., B4E researcher Adnan Cavka of UmU will be ‘Exploring the potential of on-site production in lignocellulosic biorefineries’.

In the Wednesday 27 February morning sessions development of “high yield, sustainable energy trees” and water oxidation catalyst inspired by photosynthesis will be described, in a couple of sessions led by the UmU associate professor Johannes Hanson of the Bio4Energy Feedstock Platform.
Download this file (UREM_2013_programme_print.pdf)UREM 2013 meeting programme1774 Kb
Swedish Biofuel Development Centre to Live on with New Owner, Coordination by B4E Scientist Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 February 2013 17:44
A multimillion Swedish-kroner venture in which researchers
and technicians will be working to perfect methods for B4G Res 611Bio4Energy researchers in Bio4Gasification gather outside the bioDME demonstration plant at Piteå, Sweden, after a meeting. Rikard Gebart at centre with light shirt. Photo by Anna Strom©.producing biofuels from forest-sourced materials on a commercial scale will be coordinated by a Bio4Energy scientist. Centering on development activities at a cluster of pilot facilities at Piteå, Sweden, the plans designed to test and demonstrate entrained-flow gasification of different types of biomass-based materials could be worth up to SEK300 million (€35.5 million).

In fact, after an intense autumn of putting the funding application package together, B4E scientist Rikard Gebart, professor at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) before the turn of the year received the first signs that not only the Swedish Energy Agency, but also the Norrbotten County Administrative Board and not least LTU itself, were ready to invest in a takeover by LTU of the Chemrec Kraftliner at Piteå biofuel development centre, renamed LTU Green Fuels.
Conference to Kick Off Bio4Energy Graduate School Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 December 2012 13:54
SL 2533Sylvia Larsson of Bio4Energy presents the B4E Graduate School to a November 2012 meeting organised by the Processum Biorefinery Initiative. Photos by Bio4Energy.It is official: The Bio4Energy Graduate School will kick off with a conference for Bio4Energy’s doctorate students, their supervisors and potential student tutors, 19-20 March 2013 at Skellefteå, Sweden. Apart from the conference, the graduate school will consist of two separate “courses” closely related to the research and development activities in B4E. They should start in May 2013 and in spring 2014, respectively, said Bio4Energy researcher Stina Jansson of Umeå University (UmU).

The announcement came this month after a “Task Force Bio4Energy” met to lay down the fundaments of that which is to become a vehicle for networking and tertiary education in bioenergy and biorefinery research for PhD and post-doctorate researchers enrolled in studies at one of the B4E partner universities.    

Addressed to those interested in the theory and practice of bioenergy and biorefinery R&D based on forest-sourced raw materials or organic waste, the first course starting in May next year will describe the research being carried out across the seven B4E Platforms. This Biorefinery Pilot Research Course would be taught at the three B4E R&D hubs at Örnsköldsvik, Umeå and Piteå, said Jansson, who is part of the Task Force.
Future Forests Research Programme Set to Continue Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 December 2012 16:38
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research AnnikaNordin FF 1115The SLU professor Annika Nordin heads the research programme Future Forests which has been granted four more years of funding by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research. Photo by Anna Strom.
(Mistra) has granted four more years of funding to Sweden’s largest research programme on forest and land use issues, Future Forests. The announcement came just weeks before the expiry of the programme’s first four-year mandate 31 December, after its work programme for 2013-2016 was changed to further focus on economics and biodiversity issues, according to a Mistra newsletter.

In its first funding period, the cross-disciplinary research programme aimed to take an overall view of the way in which to manage and use the boreal forest sustainably while satisfying a range of actors, including the forestry industry, policy makers and people who use the forest for recreation, fishing and hunting. Thus, the word "trade-off" tended to figure prominently in presentations and analytical reports by the Future Forests' leadership.

Indeed, the programme director Annika Nordin said that as people, "We want renewable energy, renewable materials; we want to conserve biological diversity and we want a forest where we can have great experiences".
Bio4Energy Plant Science Researcher Made Gunnar Öquist Fellow, Awarded Research Funds Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 17:55

A plant science researcher in Bio4Energy has been granted SEK3.05 Edouard Pesquet 2Bio4Energy researcher Edouard Pesquet was granted an award to continue studying the molecular make up of plants and the mentorship of the Umeå University professor Gunnar Öquist. Photo by courtesy of Umeå University.
million to continue refining scientific knowledge of the molecular structure of plants and trees, and notably on the way in which water and minerals are transported in their "vascular" system.

On 4 December, assistant professor Edouard Pesquet, a research group leader at the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) at Umeå, Sweden, became the first-ever grantee of a so-called Gunnar Öquist Fellowship. This is a new type of award to encourage up-and-coming researchers to innovate by allowing them to test out "novel approaches", as Pesquet put it. Carl Kempe of the Kempe Foundations, a Swedish research funding body, handed over the award at a ceremony at Umeå.

"My research takes aim at the cells that conduct the hydromineral sap" in a tree or plant, Pesquet said. In particular, he has been studying the small vessels that are responsible for transporting water and minerals from a plant’s roots throughout the plant. He likens this system for hydromineral transport with the vascular system of humans or "any superior organism. It must function or we die".

Researchers Place Hope in Nanocomposites For Gas Separation, Air Purification Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 December 2012 19:09
Could it be possible, in a not-too-distant future, to use nanocomposites based MarthaHerra 31212Bio4Energy researcher Martha Herrera presents her thesis 'Nanostructured Materials Isolated from Bio-Residues, and their Characterisation' 4 December at Luleå University of Technology. Photo by courtesy of Martha Herrera. on cellulosic residue from ethanol or biorefinery production as an agent in separating gases from each other? Or could nanocomposites be employed as a gas barrier in food packaging to keep its content fresh for longer?

If you ask Bio4Energy researchers at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) the answer is “hopefully, yes”. Tomorrow they are taking a symbolic but decisive step towards reaching their goal. Martha Herrera of the Wood and Bionanocomposites’ division will be taking the stage at LTU to present the group’s finding contained in three scientific articles and one licentiate thesis on Nanostructured Materials Isolated from Bio-Residues, and their Characterisation.

In her thesis, Herrera outlines her team’s efforts at characterising a certain type of nanocomponents, or ‘nanowhiskers’, from two types of residual streams from biorefinery production based on woody raw materials. While one was a by-product of ethanol production by the Swedish clean technology firm SEKAB, the other consisted of reject cellulose from making specialty cellulose at Domsjö Fabriker, at Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, Herrera said.

“We have demonstrated that they can be successfully extracted from bio-residues”, Herrera said with reference to the two nanowhisker suspensions—reject cellulose and bioethanol residue, respectively—which characteristics are accounted for in the thesis. She believed that this was the first time nanowhiskers had been extracted from an industrial waste stream based on woody raw materials. Previously, this kind of process had mainly been applied to bio-residues from agriculture, such as banana leaves, Herrera said.
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