A press release issued to Swedish media 22 June 2012 may be accessed by clicking on the link below. It has further details on the grants and is entitled 'Millioner beviljade till forskningsprojekt om ’skogskemi’ och förgasning för biodrivmedelsproduktion'.
Today a scientist in Bio4Energy has been telling one of Europe’s Slide presented by the Bio4Energy scientist Anders Nordin at a seminar at Umeå University, Sweden, in spring 2012. Photo by Bio4Energy. most touted conferences on biomass about the progress of researchers in northern Sweden in their efforts to develop technology for pretreating wood or woody debris intended for scale up to commercial bioenergy or biofuels production.
He was corresponding from Milan, in Italy, where the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition is in full swing. There was "great interest" at the conference in a technique that his team had been instrumental in developing—the torrefaction or roasting of forest-sourced biomass, Nordin said on the eve of chairing a conference session on 'torrefaction and carbonisation'.
In doing so he will be leaning on Bio4Energy’s vision of developing efficient and sustainable biorefinery, from seed to advanced biofuels and “green” chemicals, and on the common effort of the B4E partners to market and to marry together the many biorefinery pilots facilities and demonstration units that line the eastern coast of northern Sweden.
“We have a number of demonstration units and are world leading in much of what we do up north” in terms of biorefinery based on forest-sourced products or organic waste, said Tullin on the eve of leaving Sweden for Rio de Janerio. He added that he was “happy to be representing Bio4Energy” which has been intensifying its cooperation with SP since the autumn of 2011.
“Our research activities are more integrated in the economy at large than in many other places”, Tullin said with reference to the bioenergy and biorefinery cluster in northern Sweden.
Shift2Bio, the platform uniting 36 institutions in what Bio4Energy researchers The Shift2Bio profile design, created by Milan Vnuk of Luleå University of Technology. Courtesy of Shift2Bio. hope will become an international graduate school, has a brand new website.
This comes in follow up to Bio4Energy researchers at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences applying late April for funding to set up a graduate school to accommodate 50 doctoral students to be trained in the ins-and-outs of biorefinery research and development. That is, in activities to develop biorefinery and bioenergy based on forestry products or organic waste, which are the remit of Bio4Energy.
The advent of the S2Bio website was an important step in the processes of setting up the graduate school it describes, said its coordinator, Ulrika Rova of the LTU.
However, the consortium partners, representing eight European academic institutions, will be holding their breaths until sometime in July when notice is due to arrive from the European Commission to signal weather S2Bio might indeed become a project under the ERASMUS Mundus Joint Doctorates’ programme, which is what they have applied for.
“I suggested that a graduate school be created”, Marklund said. This would enable high-level academic exchange between several Swedish and Canadian institutions, as opposed to sticking with the more traditional model of two universities, one in each country, seeking to establish bilateral ties.
A shared desire to manage or use forests in the most efficient yet environmentally sound ways and an openness to increasing Swedish-Canadian exchange were apparent at the meeting, which included representatives of the Canadian forestry sector and consultants, and Swedish counterparts and academia, he said;
"They are interested in creating new contacts and in networking. The greatest potential for cooperation lies in the creation of a graduate school so that researchers can create networks.
Bio4Energy is featured in Forskarbladet, a magazine on Swedish research and innovation. Magazine cover courtesy of Svenska Branschforum.Bio4Energy is featured in today’s issue of ‘Forskarbladet’, a magazine aimed at showcasing major Swedish research and innovation initiatives to Swedish decision-makers and society at large.
The article says that Bio4Energy is a research environment that effectively covers the entire value chain of biorefinery, developing methods and tools for making “green” chemicals and bio-based products from forest-sourced raw materials and organic waste.
B4E programme manager Stellan Marklund said the research environment aimed to assist the forestry industry to use the raw material it takes out of the forest more efficiently so that, in the end, less could be used and damaging environmental effects avoided.
B4E also had a role to bring together stakeholders in northern Sweden where many of the country’s forestry and biorefinery operations were conducted, Marklund said;
“Our task in Bio4Energy is to be a uniting force in biorefinery and bioenergy in northern Sweden. We control the whole of the ‘bio-chain’.
“We cooperate and serve as a bridge between research and industry or business. It is crucial that we get to meet”.
The cut young stem to the right has received a reinforcement of mainly cellulose to grow upwards, towards the sky, from an angle. Photo by Bio4Energy. Did you know that deciduous, or leafy, trees which stems are prevented from growing upright produce additional plant matter to help them reach towards the sky? And that scientist study this mechanism hoping to find keys to make trees produce more of the coveted tree component, used to make consumer products such as printing paper, hygiene products and biofuels?
Both were things to be learned at a Fascination of Plants’ Day, given at Umeå, Sweden, as well as in 38 other countries, as part of an initiative by the Brussels-based European Plant Science Organisation.
But first let us look at the mechanism. Say, for instance, that a seed of an aspen tree took root and started growing into a tree plant on the slope of a hill. If its roots could keep it solidly in place, and there were adequate nutrients, water and sunlight, chances are that the resulting young tree would grow its delicate stem in a U-shape, with the top striving towards the sky. It would do so by reinforcing the one side of its stem with an extra layer of cellulose.* Stressors other than gravity could cause similar reactions, according to online encyclopedias. Nevertheless stability, or rather, trying to create or to maintain it, seems to be an issue.
One of the world’s most long-running annual conferences on biocomposites—composite materials based on biological materials—went ahead this month with 190 registered participants from 16 countries, shepherded by a Bio4Energy scientist.