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Bio4Energy Research Environment

  • Bio4Energy Year of 2019

                                   After the rain: Oak leaves drying in the sunshine. Photo by Anna Strom©2020.The year of 2019 were one of the most productive for the research environment Bio4Energy since the start in 2010. This included not only technical research and innovations, but also efforts were stepped up to check the feasibility of introducing those latter on the market, using system analysis.

    The invention of entirely fossil-free green petrol and diesel received massive media attention that started at the first Bio4Energy press release in 2018 and continued throughout the year 2019 and into 2020.

    A first-ever webinar series by Bio4Energy and partner programmes at Umeå University, Sweden, informed stakeholders around the world about the latest advances in R&D pertaining to Sustainable Cities and Circular Bioeconomy.

    Finally, Bio4Energy prepared to change leadership, with a new management troika taking over the reins 1 January 2020. Efforts got off the ground to prepare for a possible third programme period of Bio4Energy.

    Bio4Energy’s second five-year mandate is set to end 31 December 2020.

  • Bio4Energy Year of 2020

    Delsjon AnnaStrom2018 400It was only a matter of waiting long enough. Summer has arrived in northern Sweden, where most of the Bio4Energy researchers are based. Photo by Anna Strom (Archives).In terms of research output, 2020 was the second most productive since the start of the Bio4Energy research environment in 2010. Several system analysis projects delivered results directly relevant to industry. One made the so-called 100 List of Sweden’s most commercially promising research projects, published annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Due to restrictions imposed by the spread of Covid-19, all events moved online and successfully so.

    Bio4Energy’s new management troika worked hard to put new routines in place and prepare the research environment for a possible third programme period from 1 January 2022. According to Katerine Riklund, chair of Bio4Energy Board and pro-vice-chancellor of Umeå University, funding for Sweden’s Strategic Research Environments—of which Bio4Energy is one—is set to continue at least until the end of 2022.

    Sweden-based media picked up extensively on projects on combined production of edible mushroom and biofuel or prebiotics from biomass from the sea and forest, respectively. A magazine with an international reach, Bioenergy Insight Magazinepublished an interview on Bio4Energy scientists' efforts to bring sustainable bioenergy to Sub-Saharan Africa, drawing on technology for biomass gasification combined with production of biochar.

  • Contact Form

    Contact details for the Bio4Energy researchers are available here.

    Scientists in Bio4Energy are affiliated with one or more of the three Swedish universities Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Umeå University (UmU) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Umeå, Sweden. Bio4Energy also has research consultants at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

    A number of industrial partners are part of the Bio4Energy research environment, as well. They are part of the Bio4Energy Industrial Network and listed on the About page (right-hand column).

    Contact information for researchers may be retrieved by clicking on 'Research' in the top menu of this website and subsequently on the desired platform banner.
     
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    Bio4Energy Programme Managers
    Umeå University
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    Address:
    Umeå
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    Sweden
    Telephone: +46 90 786 5247


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  • Happy Summer from Bio4Energy

    Bio4Energy bids its researchers, members of the Industrial Network, Board and Steering Group—as well as all stakeholders and followers—a happy summer; or winter if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.

    While many of the Bio4Energy members are officially on summer holidays until mid-August, we can be contacted for urgent matters viaThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. throughout.

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    The first half of 2020 has been like no other year, with events having to move online and important trips being cancelled. Despite this, the Bio4Energy members have adapted and kept working from their private homes or with safety precautions taken while carrying out essential laboratory duties.


    Bio4Energy's management and communications would like to say thank you very much and to keep up the good work!


    For now, the Autumn 2020 Bio4Energy Researchers' Meeting is planned to be an on-location event, 13-14 October at Skellefteå, Sweden.

  • Happy Summer from Bio4Energy

    Happy summer to all the Bio4Energy researchers, Industrial Network, Board, Advisory Board and to each and every stakeholder.


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    From the vacation team:
    The Bio4Energy Programme Managers and Communications

  • Season's Greeting from Bio4Energy 2020 with Updates

    Bio4Energy SG AnnaStrom2020 500Season's Greetings from Bio4Energy. Photo by Anna Strom© 2020It is the end of the season. And boy what a season. There was the coronavirus disease, Covid-19; that turned plans on their head and saw us turn the regular Bio4Energy events into online meetings. 

    There was intense work to prepare the research environment Bio4Energy for a much-hoped-for third programme period, from 2022. Programme manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor at Umeå University, is leading the work to develop a new programme plan and context analysis with input from the Bio4Energy platform leaders and research group leaders.

    Last but not least, there was great progress made across the seven research and development (R&D) platforms to deliver excellent research and develop collaborations. Please review the news of this page or find our Newsletters in the Twitter feed.

    With this said, Bio4Energy wants to wish all its followers from near and far,

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    We would be delighted for your continued support and exchange of experiences in 2021. Thank you very much for 2020 Bio4Energy researchers and students, Board and Steering Group, as well as members of the Industrial Network.

  • Season's Greetings from Bio4Energy

    Delsjon2 AnnaStrom2018 400When the ice will not quite settle on the lake: Season's Greetings from Bio4Energy of Sweden. Photo by Anna Strom© 2018.Bio4Energy wants to thank its researchers, industrial network and stakeholders for a wonderfully productive and exciting year of 2018. In the new year of 2019, we look forward to cooperating even more closely with our strategic partners, among them RISE Processum and Piteå Science Park/Botnia BioIndustries Cluster, and with our newly created Bio4Energy Advisory Board of representatives of industry, research institutes and the Swedish government.

    In spring, we expect to host events for our researchers and Advisory Board, as well as a session at the BioBase 2019 Conference, in June. We greatly look forward to the launch of the third edition of Systems' Perspectives on Bioresources, one of two generic courses in the Bio4Energy Graduate School for PhD students and postdoctoral researchersinterested in biorefinery based on woody matter or organic waste. Biorefinery Pilot Research, Bio4Energy's popular Graduate School Course on biorefinery pilot and demonstration facilities and bio-based innovations, will start again in spring 2020.

    So from all of us, to all of you:

    Happy New Year!

  • The 2021 Bio4Energy Annual Report Is Out

                                   Grass after a summer rain. Photo by Anna Strom©2022.This is the release of the Bio4Energy Annual Report for 2021.

    It gives an overview of the research and development conducted on the seven Bio4Energy Research and Development Platforms.

    It hints at the work of the Bio4Energy PhD students, by listing the topics for and names of those who successfully defended their thesis, at the end of their PhD project.

    It shows which research teams won a special acknowledgement, in the section for Awards and Commissions of Trust.

    There is a section for Media and Outreach.

    Last but not least, the Bio4Energy Advisory Board is profiled. It is made up of key people for the bio-based sector in Sweden. It serves to guide the Bio4Energy board and programme managers, in their efforts to make the research environment useful not only to itself, but also to the sector.