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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.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.

“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).

“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.

Scientific Articles

Drop-in Fuels from Black Liquor Part Streams—Bridgning the Gap between Short and Long-term Technology Tracks. Report hosted by the f3 Swedish Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels

Tuned Bis-layered Supported Ionic Liquid Catalyst (SILCA) for Competitive Activity in the Heck Reaction of Iodobenzene and Butyl Acrylate. Catalysts 2020, 10, 963.
Towards Genomic-based Breeding in Norway Spruce (PhD dissertation). Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden. Online 8 August
Wood chips for kraft and sulphite pulping: evaluation of novel forest-industrial drum-chipping technology (PhD dissertation). Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. Online 5 March
Environmental Impact and Environmental Cost Assessment of a Novel Lignin Production Method. Journal of Cleaner Production, 123515. 8 August
Effects of Biosurfactants on Enzymatic Saccharification and Fermentation of Pretreated Softwood. Molecules, 25, 3559.
Co-Combustion of Municipal Sewage Sludge and Biomass in a Grate Fired Boiler for Phosphorus Recovery in Bottom Ash. Energies, 13(7), 1-24. April
Thermochemical equilibrium study of ash transformation during combustion and gasification of sewage sludge mixtures with agricultural residues with focus on the phosphorus speciation. Biomass Conv. Bioref. 4 June
Fate of Phosphorus in Fluidized Bed Cocombustion of Chicken Litter with Wheat Straw and Bark Residue. Energy & Fuels, 34(2), 1822-1829. 21 January