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  • Projects on Next Generation Bio-based Materials, Processes to Start Next Month

    VR grants 21117Bio4Energy researchers will kick off three new projects next month designed, respectively, to make carbonised lignin materials, and chemicals from carbon dioxide and electricity, as well as to create knowledge on nutrient interactions with heavy metal content in biomass ash used as fertilizer.

    This week, the prestigious Swedish Research Councilannounced its decision fund them, along with 322 other top-of-the-line fundamental research projects nationally, on the back of its annual call for proposals on Science and Technology.

    All three projects run over four years. Each are at the leading-edge of bio-based research, expected to pave the way for industrial innovation. In Bio4Energy, they are under the supervision of scientists on two different R&D platforms: Bio4Energy Biopolymers and Biochemical Conversion Technologies and Bio4Energy Environment and Nutrient Recycling.

  • SP Seminar on Nano Materials, Stockholm, Sweden

    The programme starts at 08:30 with coffee and registration. The first seminar starts at 09:00 with a presentation on the pilot facility for nanocrystalline cellulose, a project that SP, Holmen, MoRe Research and Melodea have been working on together. The seminars that follow will look in more detail at how the material can be used in practical applications. The day will finish at 12:00 when we will have lunch together.
                                Forest, waterways and agriculture – SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden is working with Holmen, MoRe Research and Melodea on a project that makes the most of Sweden’s strength in new research areas. The pilot facility for nanocrystalline cellulose is expected to be ready to start this year and will make it possible to carry out larger-scale tests on the material.

    Markus Norström, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

                                One of the advantages of bio-based materials is that they do not run out in the same way as fossil materials. It is therefore important from a sustainability perspective that we make the switch. Blatraden has extensive experience of developing new bio-based composite materials, production methods and applications.

    Tord Gustafsson, Blatraden AB

                                Nanocrystalline cellulose is a material of the future. They have huge possibilities and potential in areas involving electronic and optical components, such as in displays. But what makes nanocrystalline cellulose special?

    Wadood Hamad, University of British Columbia, Canada

                                The range of possible applications of nanocellulose is enormous. One area of use is as a thickener and stabilizer in food. Thanks to its structure, nanocellulose has some exciting properties – how would you like to be able to change how it feels to eat?

    Mats Stading, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Department for Food and Bioscience

                                Shaul Lapidot is one of the founders of Melodea. Their foam material is environmentally friendly and – you guessed it –made from nanocrystalline cellulose. The result is a light but strong and porous foam that can be used in anything from shoe soles to insulation.

    Shaul Lapidot, Melodea, Israel

                                For some time now, the Norwegian company Borregaard has been using wood fibres to generate cellulose at the microscopic level. One of the results is Exilva, a microfibrillated cellulose that can be used to increase the performance of everything from paints to cosmetics.

    Ali Moosavifar, Borregaard, Norway

      World Trade Center, Klarabergsviadukten 70, Stockholm, meeting room Atlanta



  • Swedish Government Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation Visits Bio4Energy, Umeå, Sweden

  • Thermal Treatment of Sludge Could Boost Phosphorus Resources, Solve Waste Problem

    MarcusOhman 2916rsBio4Energy vice programme manager Marcus Öhman will develop a new efficient method for phosphorous recovery from waste sludge, together with colleagues in Bio4Energy. Photo by courtesy of Marcus Öhman.

    Bio4Energy researchers are developing a new efficient method for phosphorus recovery using thermal treatment of sludge from municipal waste treatment facilities or pulp and paper operations. Once implemented, the scheme is expected to provide for a reduction of the risk of contamination of food and feed crops by heavy metals—as well as reduce the problem of how to dispose of toxic waste sludge—and produce an economic benefit for industry. Research leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. said that the technology could be ready for industrial uptake within a decade.

    "We could be at the stage of industrial demonstration of the technology in five years. Then a certain amount of time would be needed for classification of the product. We know that it would be economically beneficial for some [existing] bioenergy operations which use fluid-bed technology to start co-firing dried sludge with [fuel wood]", according to Öhman, who is a professor in Energy Engineering at the Luleå University of Technology(LTU).

    The research and development project, which is the fruit of collaboration between Bio4Energy researchers at LTU and Umeå University, has been several years in the making. Now it can go ahead thanks to a recently announced multiannual grant from the Swedish Research Council Formas.

    Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plant growth and thus for food production. It is extracted by mining in a handful of countries worldwide and its maximum production is expected to peak in the year 2030. After that predictions range from 50 to several hundred years before it runs out. Research is ongoing on a handful of methods for recycling the mineral from sludge, but which either perform inadequately (when it comes to removal of toxic heavy metals present in sludge or to phosphorus recovery rates) or are inhibitively expensive, to believe Öhman.

  • TV4 Nyheterna: Snart är bensinen grön

    Note: Please open in Firefox to view this clip. Professor at Umeå University Jyri-Pekka Mikkola and his research team in Bio4Energy and Swedish firm Eco-Oil have invented biofuels that are chemical equivalents of standard petrol, diesel and jet fuel. The next step is to scale up production to commercial levels. Audio clip in Swedish by courtesy of TV4 Nyheterna.
  • Worskhop om framtidens skogssektor med Näringsdepartementet, Umeå, Sweden

    Nationella skogsprogrammet bjuder in studenter till workshop om framtidens skogssektor

    Temat för dagen är hur vi kan göra skogssektorn mer attraktiv.

    Hur kan vi ta tillvara skogens alla värden i en växande bioekonomi? Hur kan vi nyttja vår skog på ett bättre sätt och hur ska råvaran användas? Vi kommer för att ta del av er kunskap och era synpunkter.

    Statssekreterare Elisabeth Backteman och Näringsdepartementets skogssekretariat bjuder tillsammans med Skogshögskolans studentkår in till en workshop för alla studenter med intresse för skogen.

    Kom och bidra med era tankar och idéer! På vilket sätt kan och vill ni bidra till det nationella skogsprogrammets vision? Vi arbetar nu med att ta fram det första svenska nationella skogsprogrammet någonsin. Och vi vill träffa er studenter som vill bidra i detta arbetet.

    Visionen för det nationella skogsprogrammet är ”Skogen – det gröna guldet – ska bidra till jobb och hållbar tillväxt i hela landet samt till utveckling av en växande bioekonomi”. Programmet tas fram i bred dialog med aktörer och intressenter som bedriver  verksamhet med skogen som bas.

    Varmt välkommen!

    Statssekreterare Elisabeth Backteman

    Tid:Måndag 4 april
    kl 13.00–17.00
    Registrering 12.30–13.00
    Dialogmöte 13.00–17.00
    Fika och förfriskningar serveras
    Plats: Kårhuset, Skogshögskolan, Barrskogsgränd 10, Umeå
    Anmäl dig via E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    senast den 21 mars

    Kontaktperson: Gustav Nord
    Antalet platser är begränsat