Since cooperation across organisations and disciplinary borders is what Bio4Energy is about, and since Tysklind is part of its new research platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy, which is task is precisely to provide a system's perspective on processes and products that are developed in the cluster, the award is felt to be timely.
"During many years we have been making an effort to cooperate widely with different organisations in society. Now that one thinks about it they are incredibly many. Lately we are [reaching out specifically to] organisations that promote sustainable development and green technology and environmental technology. It has resulted in [the university's] investing in a new area of research on Green Technology and Environmental Economics", Tysklind said when asked why he thought he had received the prize.
Tysklind is one of the founders of Marksaneringscentrum Norr, which centre for environmental clean-up of polluted sited was set up in 2001 by Umeå University in cooperation with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Luleå University of Technology and the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI.
In Bio4Energy, he will be working to assess material flows in connection with energy use.
"On the [Bio4Energy] System Analysis platform we will assess environmental technologies in a system's perspective. We could also give LCA support to companies and the like interested in developing new process flows. Importantly, we will be working with the [Bio4Energy] Environmental platform", Tysklind said;
"My role will be centred on the analysis of material flows in connection with energy use. Undesirable waste products may become a resource, such as in a biorefinery. We will be working with tools such as process modelling and life cycle assessment. Economics is not an unimportant aspect. To gain acceptance for new process loops, [we need to come forth with] cost-efficient solutions. In five years' time, we hope to have delivered knowledge that can serve as a basis for decision-making for all of the Bio4Energy sphere", Tysklind added;
"It's nice to be acknowledged, especially since I am convinced that cooperation with society is an absolute necessity. Conversely there is a demand for the types of results we deliver as environmental scientists".
Some non-academic cooperation partner's in Tysklind's network are:
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