– It's great that we have been entrusted to further develop Bio4Energy, to continue our good cooperation with the researchers and all companies that are around Bio4Energy. We make an important contribution in the efforts to move towards a bio-based era. We now have a great collaborative environment, very creative and productive, says Ulrika Rova, a Professor of Biochemical Process Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.
Forest as a raw material
Bio4Energy is a joint national research program between Luleå University of Technology, Umeå University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Innventia, Energy Technology Centre and Processum. It is funded through the Government's strategic research.
Bio4Energy is a Swedish strategic bioraffinaderic Centre, with emphasis on research using wood as a raw material for the production of sustainable energy, new materials and biofuels. In a biorefinery, it is important that the raw material is used as efficiently as possible and that residues and excess energy can be used for other processes, so as to minimise the strain on the environment. At Luleå University of Technology several research groups are involved and together enable new technologies to be developed and adapted to innovative and resource-effective use of forest resources.
Bio4Energy is one of 43 strategic research areas (SFO) appointed by the previous government with the aim of establishing internationally prominent research that can contribute to the solution of important problems in society. Bio4Energy represents the area of bioenergy and biorefining, and also delivers or contributes to training programs specially designed to give students the knowledge and tools to build the future of biorefineries, or otherwise promote a Swedish and European bio-economy.