Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy

  • Shanmugam K, Venkataramana G, Yadav P, Athanassiadis D, Tysklind M, Upahyayula VKK. 2019. Advanced High-Strength Steel and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Body in White for Passenger Cars: Environmental Performance and Sustainable Return on Investment under Different Propulsion Modes. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. January
  • Frishammar J, Söderholm P, Hellsmark H, Mossberg J. 2019. A knowledge-based perspective on system weaknesses in technological innovation systems. Science and Public Policy, 46(1), 55-70. 1 February
  • Ouraich I,  Wetterlund E, Forsell N, Lundmark R. 2018. A spatial-explicit price impact analysis of increased biofuel production on forest feedstock markets: A scenario analysis for Sweden. Biomass and Bioenergy, 119, 364-380. December
  • An evaluation of different climate matrices used in biomass energy research. 2019. Book chapter in, Current technologies in biotechnology and bioengineering. Elsevier.
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    The Bio4Energy platform for System Analysis and Bioeconomy conducts research in the following areas of activity:

    • Use of process integration methods to optimise plant energy and material flows;

     

    • Techno-economic assessments;

     

    • Application of life-cycle analysis (LCA) for environmental assessments;

     

    • Policy design and implementation, regulatory issues, market dynamics and innovation diffusion and adaptation, as well as;

     

    • Spatial modelling of cost-effective production plant localisations. (This implies efforts to minimise the cost of the entire system being studied, taking into account costs and revenues for feedstock outtake, terminal handling and transportation, production plants, transportation and delivery of final products, sales of co-products and economic policy instruments.)

     

    Platform leader is professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., taking over from his department colleague professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Luleå University of Technology in June 2019.

    The following researchers are part of the Bio4Energy research and development platform for System Analysis and Bioeconomy:

    Luleå University of Technology (LTU),
    Luleå, Sweden
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    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 92 049 1307 LTU: Energy Sciences, E134; Bio4Energy f3 Centre Board Member
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    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 92 049 3416 LTU: Energy Sciences, E149
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    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 92 049 2346 LTU: Natural Resource Economics, Economics Unit, A420
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    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +46 92 049 2078 LTU: Social Sciences, A416
         
    Umeå University (UmU), Umeå, Sweden    
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  • Nwachukwu CM, Toffolo A, Wetterlund E. 2020. Biomass-based gas use in Swedish iron and steel industry -- Supply chain and process integration considerations. Renewable Energy 146, 2797-2811. February
  • Konferensen samarrangeras årligen av Energimyndigheten och f3 Svenskt kunskapscentrum för förnybara drivmedel inom ramen för samverkansprogrammet Förnybara drivmedel och system.
  • B4E students AnnaStromBio4Energy young researchers present their ideas for new courses in the Bio4Energy Graduate School, at Skellefteå, Sweden in May 2019. Photo by Bio4Energy.Systems’ Perspectives on Biomass Resources – one of the two generic course in the Bio4Energy Graduate School for PhD and postdoctoral researchers – is set to kick off at Luleå, Sweden, in October.

    The course gives an overview of methods and tools to assess the efficiency of a nascent bio-based technology from an environmental and economic perspective, and as part of the mix of technologies already on the market. It also comes with a project assignment, designed to give participants hands-on experience of applying system analysis in some form.

    “The purpose of this course is to place technology-based research in perspective so that the student [specialised in a certain niche of biorefinery research] gains an understanding of the way in which his or her work fits into a larger, societal perspective,” said course coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    “We want to give them methods and tools for that”, professor Lundmark added.

    Systems’ Perspectives on Biomass Resources is open to PhD and postdoctoral researchers interested in biorefinery, as well as representatives of industry. See below the Bio4Energy flyer for this third edition of the course. The deadline for applications is 27 September this year.

    “The expectation on those who enrol is active participation. They will be asked to bring their own research or subject of interest into the course. For instance, they can select a project they are already working on and apply system analysis to that”, Lundmark said.

  • Zetterholm J, Mossberg J, Lundgren J, Wetterlund E. 2019. Evaluating investments in integrated biofuel production--factoring in uncertainty through real options analys. Conference: 32nd International Conferenceon Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy System. Wroclaw, Poland. June
  • Skotare T, Nilsson D, Xiong Sh, Galadi P, Trygg J. 2019. Joint and Unique Multiblock Analysis for integration and calibration transfer of NIR instruments. Analytical Chemistry, 13 February
  • Lundmark R, Forsell N, Leduc S, Lundgren J, Ouraich I, Pettersson K, Wetterlund E. 2018. Report: Large-scale implementation of biorefineries: New value chains, products and efficient biomass feedstock utilisation. Lulea University of Technology, International Institute for Applied System Analysis, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Online 26 June
  • Carvalho L, Lundgren J, Wetterlund E, Wolf J, Furusjö E. 2017. Methanol production via black liquor co-gasification with expanded raw material base – Techno-economic assessmentf3 Centre Report 2017:14. 
  • RobLundmark LTUx400Economist Robert Lundmark will be heading the R&D platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy. Photo by courtesy of the Luleå University of Technology.The research and development platform Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy has a new leader.

    In so doing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., professor of Economics at the Luleå University of Technology, is taking over the reins of an all-important entity in Bio4Energy—made up of 30 researchers at three universities—whose members have the responsibility to assess whether the R&D carried out by the rest of the research environment are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

    “You could say that our role is to highlight results from the other Bio4Energy platforms [that develop biorefinery technologies] and put them in a system’s context. Conversely, we put research questions and are able to suggest avenues of research for the other platforms. It is give and take”, Lundmark said.

    Unlike his colleague and predecessor, LTU professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Lundmark is an economist, but with a focus on natural resources.

    “My focal area is the interface between forest and energy issues, assessing the cost of various uses of forest raw materials and bioenergy”.

    Having clinched his PhD at LTU in northern Sweden, Lundmark went onto undertake postdoctoral studies at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. Northern Sweden wanted him back, however. Lundmark became senior lecturer at the university from which he had graduated, promoted in 2011 to be a professor.

    He has been part of Bio4Energy from the start in 2010, and was a member of the previous Process Integration Platform, for the first five years.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., on the same R&D platform but at Umeå University, will second him and be a coordinator for platform researchers based at Umeå.

  • Renewable TFuelsSystems Credit f3 CentreBio4Energy is part of five of nine projects to apply system analysis on new biofuels, recently granted by the funding programme Renewable Transportation Fuels and Systems.Bio4Energyis part of a swathe of new research projects to check whether various types of advanced biofuels can make the cut in the mix and competition with other fuels on the market. All are biofuels whose application is high in demand.

    This has led the Swedish Energy Agency, in collaboration with the f3 Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels (f3 Centre); to create a research-funding programme called Renewable Transportation Fuels and Systems. Spanning the years 2018 through 2021, its second round of funding has just been granted, with Bio4Energy participation in five of nine projects. Little wonder then, that Bio4Energy’s coordinator at the f3 Centre is pleased.

    “This is a good way to create a continuous stream of research [results] regarding the systemic conditions of technology-based projects. In Bio4Energy we are already experts at collaborating with each other, and here the collaboration can be extended to other funding programmes coordinated by the Energy Agency”, according to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., associate professor at the Luleå University of Technology in northern Sweden.

    Wetterlund herself is in charge of one the newly granted projects, called Future-proof biofuels through improved use of biogenic carbon – Carbon, climate and cost efficiency (K3).

  • Mandova H, Leduc S, Wang C, Wetterlund E, Patrizio P, Gale W, Kraxner F. 2018. Possibilities for CO2 emission reduction using biomass in European integrated steel plants. Biomass and Bioenergy, 115, 231-243. August
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  • Shanmugam K, Baroth A, Nande S, Yacout DMM, Tysklind M, Upadhyayula VKK. 2019. Social Cost Benefit Analysis of Operating Compressed Biomethane (CBM) Transit Buses in Cities of Developing Nations: A Case Study. Sustainability, 11(15), 4190
  • Shanmugam K, Baroth A, Nande S, Yacout DMM, Tysklind M, Upadhyayula VKK. 2019. Social Cost Benefit Analysis of Operating Compressed Biomethane (CBM) Transit Buses in Cities of Developing Nations: A Case Study. Sustainability, 11(15), 4190. August
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