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European Commission consultation: Have your say on the future of science, IP Frontline

Seek funds to participate in: Innovative Materials Networking Conference, VINNOVA

Second call for projects: Deadline 24 September 2014, Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels, f3

Sök medel för forskningssamarbete med Sydkorea, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

Sjätte omgången Ingvar Carlsson Award, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

Industridoktorand, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research


U.S. NREL looks for star science students, Power Systems Design



New report on Sweden's participation in EU FP7 research funding programme: 'Sveriges deltagande i sjunde ramprogrammet för forskning och teknisk utveckling (FP7) - Lägesrapport 2007 - 2012', VINNOVA

Swedish Energy Agency research funding programme announced for 2013-2016: 'Nydanande och behovsmotiverad FoU med energirelevans 2013-2016'

Aarhus University will be setting up a Programme for Biorefining, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, AArhus University

Strategisk mobilitet, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research


Open Positions
Bio4Energy PhD Position in Chemistry, Umeå University Industrial Graduate School Print E-mail
Written by Anna Strom   
Monday, 26 May 2014 12:58

Mechanical pretreatment of wood for pulp mills and biorefineryUmU Logo

Scientists at the Department of Chemistry of Umeå University do research on Biological Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Biogeochemistry and Technical Chemistry. The department, which is part of a Chemical-biological Centre, has access to modern laboratory facilities and research infrastructure.

Project description                

The project is based on a collaboration between Umeå University and research and development (R&D) companiesBio4energy cmyk and research institutes at Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The latter include MoRe Research, MCS, SP Processum and SP Energy Technology. The project will have relevance for the pulp and paper industry and the biorefinery industry, and concerns on a new type of industrial wood chipper. Project aims are to evaluate the properties of wood chips using chemical and structural analysis and to test and compare different types of processed wood chips produced at a pilot and a demonstration scale.

The wood chipper equipment may be used in future in the pulp and paper industry or biorefinery industry which draws its raw materials from woody biomass. Researchers on the project will use infrastructure at the Domsjö Fabriker Biorefinery and its Development Area at Örnsköldsvik. Wood chippers, a Pilot Digester Laboratory and different types of reactors useful for studies of biorefinery processes will be available to project researchers.

This research aims at replacing raw materials based on fossil oil with renewable ones in the forestry and biorefinery industries and is closely connected with the activities of the government-funded Strategic Research Environment Bio4Energy.

Bio4Energy at SLU Seeks Postdoctoral Researcher in Bioenergy Print E-mail
Written by SLU staff, editing by A.S.   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:26

slu logo rgb webBiomass pre-treatment and characterisation

The Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology (SBT) is a new department at the Faculty of Forest Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The aim of SBT is to carry out high-quality research and under- and postgraduate education on an international level and to collaborate with the society and industry to develop a bio-based economy where forest biomaterials are an important resource. The main focus of research and education is on the value chains within the bio-based industry and the characterisation, separation, modification, processing, use and recycling of forest bio-based materials in an ecologically sustainable way and for cost effective causes. The postdoctoral researcher will work in a research group called Biomass Technology and Chemistry. Members of the research group focus on solid biomass research in general and has long-term experience in chemical and physical characterisation of biomass and handling/pre-treatment of feedstock. A pilot plant for biomass biofuel handling and upgrading is available. The research activities are interdisciplinary and build on a combination of basic research and application.

Duties: The postdoctoral will do research work as part of a project financed by the Swedish government agency VINNOVA and the Swedish Energy Agency, called International Cooperation for Eco Innovations. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with Chinese researchers and industry and develop new technologies using a variety of biomass including agricultural and forestry residues and by-products for small-scale heat and electricity production. The research will be carried out in close cooperation with industrial and academic partners. The variation of biomass properties with biotic and abiotic factors will be one of the major foci. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to do laboratory and field work in Sweden and China.

Bio4Energy at SLU Seeks Postdoctoral Researcher in Bioenergy - in Swedish Print E-mail
Written by SLU staff, editing by A.S.   
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:32

slu logo rgb webBiomassaförbehandling och karakterisering Institutionen för skogens biomaterial och teknologi (SBT) är en helt ny institution vid fakulteten för skogsvetenskap vid SLU. SBT ska på en internationellt högklassig nivå utföra grundutbildning, forskning och forskarutbildning i samverkan med samhälle, skogsbruk och industri som bidrar till en utvecklad biobaserad ekonomi med skogens biomaterial som en viktig resurs. Fokus är främst värdekedjor inom den biobaserade industrin där olika komponenter i skogens biomaterial karakteriseras, separeras, modifieras/förädlas, används och återanvänds kostnadseffektivt för olika ändamål samtidigt som skogens ekosystemtjänster förvaltas hållbart.

Postdoktortjänsten kommer att ingå i forskargruppen för biomassateknologi och kemi. Forskargruppen fokuserar framför allt på fasta biobränslen och har en lång erfarenhet av kemisk och fysikalisk karakterisering av biomassa och hantering/förbehandling av råvaror. En pilotanläggning för hantering och förädling av biomassa till fasta biobränslen är också tillgänglig. Forskningsaktiviteterna är interdiciplinära och bygger på en kombination av grundforskning och tillämpningar.

PhD Student Position in Energy Technology, Thermal Process Chemistry Print E-mail
Written by Bio4Energy members, editing by A.S.   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 16:19

Bio4energy cmykCharacterization of new biofuels for potential use in thermochemical conversion processes

The Department of Applied Physics and Electronics of Umeå University has approximately 120 employees. The main tasks are research and postgraduate studies, education and collaboration with society. The department has approximately 780 students in the areas of Energy Technology, Building Technology, Electronics, Engineering and Media Technology.

Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory (TEC-Lab) is a research group within the department. It is closely linked to the Department of Chemistry and the Division of Biomass Technology and Chemistry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, as well as the Energy Engineering Division at the Luleå University of Technology. Several UmU Logoextensive research projects of both fundamental and applied character are run with the main focus to understand and develop thermochemical conversion processes for biomass raw materials.

The new PhD student project will be in the area of fuel characterisation with focus on circulation of critical nutrients and trace elements during conversion of "new" biofuels. New in the sense that they have not been previously been used to any greater extent due to specific fuel properties that, without implementation of fundamental understanding, cause severe operational problems. Starting from the fundamentals of plant growth and uptake of nutrients, this project will have the overall goal of improved energy conversion and use/recirculation/system integration of the flows of nutrients. One part of the project involves systematic fuel characterisation and compilation of data into predictive models for fuel behavior during thermal conversion. In the other (parallel) part, the fuels and new models will be tested in different setups of analytical and advanced lab scale equipment for analysis, validation and demonstration.

Marcus Wallenberg Young Researchers' Challenge - Impact of Own Research on Forestry Print E-mail
Written by MWP staff, editing by A.S.   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:32



                              Young Researchers’ Challenge 2014  

The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation invites young researchers to take part in Young Researchers’ Challenge with the chance to win a spot at the Prize ceremony and banquet to be held in Stockholm on 22 September, along with a unique opportunity to present their research and meet leading scientists and forest-based industry representatives from all over the world.

This year’s Marcus Wallenberg Prize recognizes achievements in the field of printed electronics on paper. As the challenges for the forest-based sector grow, the development of innovative, value-added products and technologies is becoming more and more important. For that, your contribution is essential.

Applicant's task

Based on your own research, briefly describe why you think it will have an impact on the forest-based industry and the society as a whole. Describe your vision for the development you want to promote with your research and how current obstacles can be overcome. You are free to discuss opportunities in a wide range of business areas in the sector.

SP Seeks Master's Students to Build LCA on Algae Biofuel Print E-mail
Written by SP staff, editing by A.S.   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 16:28

SP Science-PartnerAlgae fuels–building a Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) Model based on Algae Fuel R&D Platform of the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP) for future EU/Swedish algae fuel scenarios

As algae fuel research and development (R&D) and algae biomass production for road and air transport progress worldwide, it is of the outmost importance to understand whether and how such algae-based biofuel can be produced in a sustainable way. In addition, the impacts on European and Swedish technology, the overall energy mix and material input into algae biofuel systems have to be quantified and described. The SP and Bio4Energy are involved in algae biofuel R&D from algae strains selection to PhotoBio Reactors and Raceways production systems.

The goal of this Master’s thesis is to build an LCA/Whell-to-Wheels (WTW) model based on state of the art data from literature on current algae production pathways and SP experience. The typical five algae fuel production steps will be modelled: Cultivation, harvesting, oil extraction, biofuel production and by-product monetisation. The SP seeks two student trainees to build an LCA model of algae fuel production based on the SP's R&D platform. The students will preferably do their research work together. 

Description of Master’s thesis work on LCA/WTW model of algae biofuel

An LCA model of algae biofuel production and use will be constructed based on existing results from the SP algae biofuel R&D platform and state of the art LCA modelling tools (e.g.: GREET) and literature models. This WTW model will be dedicated to future Swedish and European algae fuel production and quantify uncertainties to establish a European consensus among EU algae fuels projects and studies.

SP Technical Institute of Sweden Seeks Reserachers in Chemistry, Materials Print E-mail
Written by SP staff, editing by A.S.   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 16:29
The SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden conducts the widest range of SP Science-Partner
research of any institute in Sweden. The Group employs 1,300 people, who develop and provide technologies for more than 10,000 customers. Would you like to join the SP? Register your CV in its "speculative application" database. 

The SP's work spans most areas of technology–from food to fire technology. As an employee, you will have the opportunity to work independently, while having access to a vast network of international contacts. You will also be able to develop research ideas. The SP acts as a bridge between academic and industrial research.

SP Group expanding

The SP will be seeking new employees over the next few years. It will be looking for creative engineers, chemists and biologists, whether just starting out or greatly experienced. People with a broader profile for the SP's interdisciplinary projects and activities, for example within architecture and social sciences, are also encouraged to submit their CV.

Register your CV

Register your CV in our speculative application database by clicking on the "Apply Now" ("Sök tjänsten") button on this page.

The SP Group consists of the parent company SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and subsidiaries SP Process Development, SP Processum, AstaZero, CBI Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute, SIK – the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, SMP Swedish Machinery Testing Institute, Glafo, the Glass Research Institute, JTI – Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering.

f3 Centre Call for Research Projects: Renewable Transportation Fuels & Systems Print E-mail
Written by f3 staff & A.S.   
Saturday, 28 June 2014 14:38
f3 Centre, has issued its second call for research projects in the research programme Renewable Transportation Fuels and Systems. On this programme the f3 Centre collaborates with the Swedish Energy Agency. Please find the details of the call below, in Swedish. The deadline for applications is 24 September 2014 at 2 p.m..
Bio4Energy is one of the f3 Centre member organisations. If you are a Bio4Energy researcher, please contact Bio4Energy's f3 coordinator, Joakim Lundgren, before submitting your application.
Bio4Energy f3 Centre Coordinator: Joakim Lundgren, phone: +46 92 049 1307
f3 Centre Manager Ingrid Nyström, phone: +46 31 772 4565
Swedish Energy Agency Anders Holmgren, phone: +46 16 544 2443