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JLB4E RM Oct2016Joakim Lundgren, associate professor at the Luleå University of Technology, heads the R&D platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy. Photo by Bio4Energy.Feedstock for sustainable biofuel production. That is what the industry and research community tell us they want more of, of kinds that are economically and environmentally sustainable, as well as socially acceptable. Notably, there have been calls for focusing research and development (R&D) efforts on developing new types of tailor-made feedstock, such as Bio4Energy’s feedstock researchers do when they try to design and experimentally grow hybrid aspen for the purpose of making biofuel or nanocellulose for the production of specific bio-based materials. Many of the Bio4Energy partner organisations are involved in this effort. 

6 February 2017 some of them will gather at Umeå, Sweden for a seminar precisely on Feedstock for Sustainable Biofuel Production, set in a system analysis perspective and jointly organised the Swedish Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels, Bio4Energy and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Feedstock for Sustainable Biofuel Production

— Feedstock Potentials, Climate Change Impact of Forestry and the Realisation of Forest Biorefinery 

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asked This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who leads the research and development platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy, to explain why, increasingly, the sector sees a need to gauge the effects of new feedstock as part of a value chain by using system analysis, including techno-economic assessments and life cycle analysis (LCA).

Why would there be a need to apply system analysis, in efforts where the purpose is expanding the raw material base for the production of biofuel and bio-based materials?

“It is important to understand that it is not enough just to look at the raw material. The whole [value] chain should be taken into account. If we only optimise the input material, there is a risk for suboptimisation of the system as a whole.

“We need to look at the footprint [of a process] from a climate change perspective. It also needs be economically sustainable and competitive. There is always competition. That is why we need to assess different routes in an economic and environmental perspective.

“This is the difficult part: Not all studies take into account the temporal perspective. They start from today’s perspective, while in reality [the new process route] might be due for implementation 25 years from now”.

What services in terms of system analysis does Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy offer?

“A part of it are different types of techno-economic studies or environmental impact assessments. Our Economics’ people work on issues of raw material economics, such as price formation in the wake of large outtakes of raw material. Another part is LCA, where we have Venkata [Krishna Kumar Upadhyayula] looking at the climate footprint of various processes”.

Why should the Bio4Energy stakeholders join the seminar Feedstock for Sustainable Biofuel Production?

“This is a burning issue right now. There will be talks on future perspectives, technology potentials and challenges. Personally, I am looking forward to hearing what they have been up to at Obbola (where SCA is integrating biofuel production from black liquor in one of its pulp mills in northern Sweden, Ed’s note). I expect the presentation on climate change impacts of using forest fuels will be very good too.

“Applying system analysis should be the starting point when constructing a new value chain. This is an important message that I want to relate”.







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