Bio4Energy is 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.
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).
“This concept builds on an idea on how to use the carbon in the biomass to a higher extent. If we can capture it and add hydrogen gas obtained via electrolysis, we should be able to extract a greater amount of product”, she explained.
A dual benefit of this concept, based either on biomass carbon capture and use or on biomass carbon capture and storage, would be drastically to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from biofuel production by re-using or storing the carbon dioxide side stream that traditionally has not been harnessed.
“Future technologies for biomass conversion and utilisation can be expected to need to show high carbon efficiency or facilitate negative emissions in order to be legitimate and competitive”, to believe the project fact sheet.
Bio4Energy is part of the following new projects granted under the Renewable Transportation Fuels and Systems’ programme, with the following contacts who are either members or associate members of Bio4Energy:
Sulphur-Free MARine LIgnin FuEls (SMARt LIFE) – Dimitris Athanassiadis, Paul Christakopolous, Ulrika Rova and Leonidas Matsakas;
Future-proof biofuels through improved use of biogenic carbon – Carbon, climate and cost efficiency (K3) – Elisabeth Wetterlund, Erik Furusjö, Johanna Mossberg, Monica Normark and Peter Axegård;
BioFlex – Bio-based flexible production of transportation fuels in a combined pyrolysis and gasification plant – Andrea Toffolo;
Electrolysis assisted biomass gasification for transportation fuels – Sennai Mesfun and Andrea Toffolo and;
Drop-in the tank or a new tank? A comparison of costs and carbon footprint – Erik Furusjö and Johanna Mossberg.