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  • FrancescoGentili Photo by AnnaStromFrancesco Gentili is the new coordinator for Bio4Energy's training course on the pilot and demonstration steps of biomass innovations. Photo by Bio4Energy.As of this year, Francesco Gentilicoordinates Bio4Energy’s flagship course for student researchers and industry representatives on bringing biomass innovations to scale. Biorefinery Pilot Research is about to kick off in its third edition 27-29 August, with a first stop at the Bio4Energypartner RISE Energy Technology Center (RISE ETC) at Piteå.

    Biorefinery Pilot Research is the first of two generic courses in the Bio4Energy Graduate School on the Innovative Use of Biomass. It is a model copy of the Bio4Energy Research Environment, with its unique access to research at the fundamental level and all the way up to demonstration of bio-based technologies on a near industrial scale.

    A researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Umeå, Gentili is an agronomist specialised in the production of algae in northern climates and its upscaling. Since spring 2018, he is a member of the research and development platform Bio4Energy Wood Pre-processing.

    Gentili has been the driving spirit behind laboratory-scale research to cultivate microalgae for the use of feedstock in biofuels and “green” chemicals, and the subsequent setting afoot of pilot facilities at Umeå, Sweden, on the premises of a regional energy utility, Umeå Energi.

  • ABC2019 no datesThe Swedish Bioenergy Association (SVEBIO) invites participants to attend the 5th Advanced Biofuels Conference


    When:
    17-19 September 2019

    Where:
    Stockholm, Sweden

    Advanced biofuels for Europe are key for reducing emissions in the national transport sectors. There is commercial breakthroughs and new technologies, new policy measures adopted, as well as changing business models. This year, we invite you to participate in latest developments in European policy, energy system transition to renewable fuels, new technologies and partnerships. Biofuels such as HVO100, bio-CNG, E85, ED95, B100 will be discussed. These may be blended with conventional fossil fuels.

    The Advanced Biofuels Conference is intended for people who are part of the creation of a sustainable transport sector. Speakers or delegates will be policy makers and politicians, leading scientists, researchers, engineers, as well as executives and representatives from companies and other organisations. The conference will entail:

    • Two conference days, six sessions and more than 30 high-level speakers covering automotive, aviation and maritime transport markets for blended or pure biofuels.
    • Pre-conference programme includes study visits to Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) Science Park, as well as Scania Production Facility and Henriksdal, one of the Nordic’s largest biogas plants.
    • Mini-expo with stands for networking and an exclusive conference evening dinner cruise, exploring the waterways of Stockholm.
    • Workshop organised by ETIP Bioenergy and RISE on financing and investing in biofuels with innovative, advanced technologies for upscaling of biorefineries for large-scale production.

    SVEBIO contact: Tomas Ekbom

    Welcome to the Advanced Biofuels Conference 2019 – Europe is ready for advanced biofuels!
  • Delsjon AnnaStrom2018 400Delsjon, Gothenburg in July. Photo by Anna Strom©2018.Bio4Energy wants to greet its researchers and partners—including the Industrial Network and stakeholders to the bio-based sector—and bid them happy summer. Or happy winter, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere. Thank you very much for your commitment.

    Most of the Bio4Energy people are having a break until September, but not all.

    August start for popular course on biorefinery pilots

    Late August, Bio4Energy will be kicking off the third edition of its popular course for PhD and postdoctoral researchers: Biorefinery Pilot Research. It is one of two generic courses in the Bio4Energy Graduate Schoolon the Innovative Use of Biomass.


    What

    The idea behind Biorefinery Pilot Research is to give students from the graduate level and up an overview of the pilot and demonstration facilities lining the coast of Sweden to the north and east. Those who take the course for credit will have the opportunity to apply what they learned to their own research. For instance, you may want to design a project where you scale up or scale down the technology you are working on, or to place it in the larger context of biorefinery development using wood or organic waste as a starting material. You will learn about tools for developing an innovation in the bio-based sector.

    When

    A first block of course starts 27 August 2018 at Piteå, Sweden, and the deadline for registration is 10 August. For more details go to the Biorefinery Pilot Research course pageor view the course brochure (attached).

    For Whom
    • PhD and postdoctoral researchers interested in biorefinery from wood or organic waste.
    • Industry representatives or members of the bio-based sectors wishing to gain or deepen their knowledge of bio-based innovation and pilot and demonstration facilities in northern Sweden designed for the purpose.
  • BDP credit RISE 400pxFor their verification experiments, the Bio4Energy researchers used the Biorefinery Demonstration Plant, at Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Photo by courtesy of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.Late 2015, Bio4Energy researchers unveiled a series of articles describing how to raise yields in biofuel making by decreasing the impact of toxic substances generated in the pre-treatment step of biochemical conversion to fuels and chemicals, by using reducing agents. Their work, targeting advanced biofuel production from woody raw materials—sometimes referred to as the biorefinery of the future—has received a great amount of attention from researchers all over the world.

    Mid-March this year, the main scientific article in the series, giving a review of research in the area and outlining the new method, had received over 400 citations in other scientific articles written by researchers worldwide. This is more than 20 times the average of articles published in the prestigious Bioresource Technology journal, which carried the review, according to co-author Carlos Martín of Umeå University. Martín and his co-author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are leading figures on the research and development platform Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies.

    “Friends and colleagues from all over the world sent their congratulations. Yesterday [25 March] we had received 410 citations. A lot of people have been asking for full-text papers”, a smiling Martín said.

  • Grimm A, Etula J, Salh R, Kalén G, Segerström M, Brücher J, Söderberg C, Soukup D, Pfeifer C, Larsson SH. 2019. Slagging and fouling characteristics during co-combustion of Scots pine bark with low-temperature dried pulp and paper chemical sludge. Fuel Processing Technology193, 282-294. October
  • Bio4Energywas at BioBase 2019, a conference at Piteå, Sweden designed to show the country's progress in the transition towards a bioeconomy and challenges that lie ahead. The 250 attendees were a variety of stakeholders to the bioenergy and biorefinery sector in Sweden and about 10 other countries. Bio4Energy had its own session on Tailored Trees, Improved Growth and New Products – Towards a Bioeconomy.

    “As Bio4Energy we contributed by showing how the cooperation between our universities and institutes can contribute to strengthen the development of a bio-based economy. Our work covers the entire [biorefinery] value chain”, said This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.who coordinated Bio4Energy’s presence at the event.

    “We were able to show that we have developed processes and built networks that make us well placed to go into the future. The products in our product portfolio are such that industry and society want”, according to Rova, who is Bio4Energy deputy programme manager and a professor at the Luleå University of Technology.

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