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  • Bio4Energy Graduate School

    • BTM 2017For students at the PhD and postdoctoral levels

    • Two generic courses reflecting the strength of the Bio4Energy cluster, with its unique layout of research and development covering the biorefinery value chain

    • Innovation and development activities in direct connection with Bio4Energy’s industrial partners

    • Close involvement of the Bio4Energy strategic partners: RISE Processum and Piteå Science Park

     

    Biorefinery Pilot Research

               

    Systems' Perspectives on Biomass Resources

    Bio4Energy Graduate School: 5 ECTS Bio4Energy Graduate School: 7.5 ECTS
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     Due to the spread of COVID-19,
    the next course start has been
    postponed until autumn 2021.

     

              

     

     

  • Bio4Energy Scientists Make First-ever Bio-based Equivalent of Carbon Black from Pyrolysis Oil

    Magnus Marklund B4E RISE ETCMagnus Marklund, CEO at RISE Energy Technology Center, shows a sample of the "green" Black Carbon developed by his team in Bio4Energy and at RISE. Bio4Energy© 2018.Scientists in Bio4Energy have succeeded in making a bio-based equivalent of Carbon Black, one of the most widely used carbon-based industrial chemicals. Carbon Black forms when certain heavy petroleum products are incompletely burned, and there is an established process for making Carbon Black from fossil oil products in the petrochemical industry. The International Agency for Research on Cancer states that this material, which takes the form of a colloid, could “possibly” induce cancer and cause respiratory problems in humans. 

    To the best of the Bio4Energy scientists' knowledge, the "green" equivalent of Carbon Black they have made is the first ever to be developed from pyrolysis oil.

    In fact, the researchers at RISE Energy Technology Centre (RISE ETC), at Piteå, Sweden—part of the platform Bio4Energy Thermochemical Conversion Technologies—used pyrolysis oil made from renewable solid biomass in a high-temperature process developed in-house.

    In experiments mimicking the petrochemical industry’s main production process for making Carbon Black, they sprayed pyrolysis oil into a reactor at high temperatures and the resulting material—that is, the “green” Carbon Black—was separated from the gaseous stream at cooling.

  • Bio4Energy Workshop on Max IV, Umeå, Sweden

  • Biofuel Making via Gasification Most Efficient, But Sector Prefers Drop-ins

    BeWhere Sweden webBeWhere Sweden. Illustration by courtesy of Elisabeth Wetterlund, Bio4Energy and the Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels.In a medium-term perspective until 2030, biomass gasification would be the most cost-efficient option for rolling out advanced biofuel production on a large scale in Sweden, a new research report based on energy system modelling confirms. However, attached analysis of stakeholder advice shows, central actors in the sector have turned their backs on biofuel-making options that require large investments.

    Instead, they appear to favour drop-in fuels made from bio-based hydrocarbons, which properties are similar to those of standard petrol and diesel and can be produced in existing oil refineries. Such advanced drop-ins are being made on a pilot scale by Bio4Energy member RISE Energy Technology Center at Piteå, Sweden and their partner Suncarbon. So-called de-polymerisation of the wood polymer lignin could be a basis for this type of process.

    The report, ending a project called BeWhere - Stakeholder analysis of biofuel production in Sweden, is based on an international energy system model called BeWhere, but which has been adapted to national conditions.

  • Biorefinery Pilot Research

    Biorefinery Pilot Research participantsExtent and credits: 5 ECTS                            

    Course coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Objectives

    On completion of the course, students will:

    • Be able to describe the biorefinery technologies represented in pilot scale facilities within the Bio4Energy infrastructure and know how to get access to them;

    • Be able to explain and discuss models for the roles of academia and functions of technical innovation systems and to critically evaluate real research facility cases based on these models;

    • Beware of essentials regarding sampling, building of large-scale experimental equipment, fund raising, and intellectual property rights and;

    • Have gained access to interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas through networking activities.


    Dates and locations -- Due to the spread of COVID-19 this course will not be given in autum 2020.

    A preliminary timeline for the next issue is given as follows:


    Autumn 2021

    Piteå, Sweden —  Late August - Early September

    • RISE Energy Technology Centre and Piteå Science Park


    Örnsköldsvik and Umeå, Sweden — Mid-to-late September

    • Örnsköldsvik: RISE Processum Pilot Park, MoRe Research pilots and Biorefinery Demonstration Plant

    • Umeå: Torrefaction Pilot (Campus Umeå) and Algae Pilot at Dåva/Umeå Energi (local energy utility)


    Umeå, Sweden — Mid-to-late October

    Presentation of case studies and final discussion/workshop.


    Contents

    The course consists of:

    • On-site demonstration of equipment and technology, lectures and laboratory work;

    • Lectures on essential subjects for large-scale biorefinery or bioenergy research and;

    • A project assignment, typically a case study of a technical innovation system at one of the pilot plants in the cluster.


    Application and prerequisites

    The application for enrolment in Biorefinery Pilot Research will open during the second quarter of 2021. We will post a link here to the registration form.

    This course is recommended for students with an interest in biorefinery at the PhD or postdoctoral level, as well as industry representatives who wish to learn about research and innovation as carried out at the biorefinery-related pilot and demonstration units lining the east coast of Northern Sweden.

    For enquiries regarding the course content, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Popular PhD Course Cancelled, But New Online Introduction on Cards

    Sylvia Larsson Kumar Das 030620Sylvia Larsson is new coordinator for education in Bio4Energy. Here with co-worker Atanu Kumar Das.Bio4Energy is having to cancel this autumn’s course in the Bio4Energy Graduate School for advanced students. Biorefinery Pilot Research has been hugely popular for its on-location learning about pilot and demonstration facilities along the coast of northern Sweden. However, the risk for spread of the global Coronavirus means the course has been postponed to next year.

    “We will be giving the course as soon as things settle down; hopefully already in spring”, said This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., new coordinator for education in Bio4Energy.

    Instead an online introduction will be developed so that all PhD students and postdoctoral researchers interested in research and development in the area of wood biorefinery will have the possibility to learn more about the Bio4Energy research environment and the basics of its activities.

    “We are going to make something exceptional that will serve as an entry point to the Graduate School”, Larsson said;

    “It is about giving all PhD student the possibility to access what we have to offer. It will place the focus content of the hands-on courses in context. It gives students from different universities the possibility to study together. We have a lot of international students”, she explained.