The Centre for the first time brings together leading Norwegian research institutions and universities, key national and international industry partners, major forestry resources owners and regional authorities into one common initiative on production of energy carriers from renewable resources.
To achieve the goal of sustainable production of biofuels and bioenergy, a variety of technologies will be explored, including carbohydrate processing and thermochemical approaches.
Choosing a truly integrating approach, Bio4Fuels will develop and access a variety of technical building blocks that can be combined or integrated according to industry needs, value-chain assessments and regional industrial frameworks.
The Bio4Fuels concept:
General description of the research
The research and development in Bio4Fuels is organized in four integrated research topics:
- Bio-resurce, Environment and Climate
- Primary Biomass Conversion
- Secondary Conversion and Upgrading
- Process design and End Use
A Norwegian Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME).
Bio4Fuels is hosted by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). FME status was awarded to Bio4Fuels by the Research Council of Norway on 27 May 2016 as one of eight new centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research. Bio4Fuels was officially opened on February 9 2017 and will run for a period of 5+3 years after a mid-term evaluation. The centre is funded primarily by the Research Council of Norway and through contributions from a number of its industry partners.
The FME scheme is a long-term initiative designed to generate solutions to climate- and energy-related challenges and promote industrial development.The centres were selected on the basis of scientific merit, potential for innovation and value creation, and the extent to which they fulfil government targets relating to energy and greenhouse gas emissions.
Organization and partners
Bio4Fuels is a cross-disciplinary research centre involving graduate students, PhD students and research scientists at NMBU, NTNU and HiT. The centre has an extensive network of partners from industry, research institutes and academia, both in Norway and abroad, and public bodies.
The Centre management:
Bio4Fuels leader: Dr. Duncan Akporiaye, SINTEF.
Deputy Leader: Torjus Bolkesjø at NMBU (for Prof. Svein Jarle Horn, presently on sabbatical).
Industrial Liaison: Odd Jarle Skjelhaugen at NMBU.
Administrative Manager: Dr. Janne Beate Utåker at NMBU.