Research

The Bio4Fuels project is structured in 5 sub-projects (SPs), each containing 3 or 4 work packages (WPs), as illustrated below:

Bio4Fuels organizational structure

Bio4Fuels organizational structure

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Duncan Akporiaye

Within this organizational structure, Bio4Fuels focuses on and coordinates the activities along the value chains, addressing specific challenges and bottlenecks needed to go from resources to products using the most relevant technological approaches for biofuels production.  In the following details about the research in each SP is presented.

 

SP1: Bio-resource, Environment and Climate

SP leader:

  • Francesco Cherubini, NTNU

Key features:

  • Resource use and availability in Norway
  • Climate change impacts and mitigation
  • Economic policies for sustainable biofuel economy

Work packages:

  • WP1.1 Land, Resources and Ecosystem Processes (Rasmus Astrup, NIBIO)
  • WP1.2 Climate and Environment (Francesco Cherubini, NTNU)
  • WP1.3 Energy, Fuels and Economics (Torjus Bolkesjø, NMBU)

 

SP2: Liquefaction Processes

SP leader:

  • Judit Sandquist, SINTEF

Key features:

  • Develop novel technologies for direct conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to transport biofuels – through pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction
  • Increase the robustness of the liquefaction and catalytic processes throughout the whole value chain
  • Increase energy efficiency through the whole value chain

Work packages:

  • WP2.1 Pyrolysis (Kai Toven, RISE PFI)
  • WP2.2 Hydrothermal Liquefaction (Judit Sandquist, SINTEF ER)
  • WP2.3 Thermochemical Upgrading (Roman Tschentscher, SINTEF Industry)
  • WP2.4 Chemo-catalytic conversion (De Chen, NTNU)

 

SP3: Biochemical Processes

SP leader:

  • Anikó Várnai, NMBU

Key features:

  • Biotechnology-based approaches to convert relevant biomass to biofuels and value-added chemicals
  • Establish economically viable conversion of Norway spruce

Work packages:

  • WP3.1 Pretreatment and Fractionation (Mihaela Tanase-Opedal, RISE PFI)
  • WP3.2 Enzymatic Saccharification (Anikó Várnai, NMBU)
  • WP3.3 Fermentation (Alexander Wentzel, SINTEF Industry)
  • WP3.4 Anaerobic digestion and gas upgrading (Michal Sposob, NIBIO)

 

SP4: Gasification Processes

SP leader:

  • Morten Seljeskog, SINTEF

Key features:

  • Thermochemical processes where carbonaceous fuels are converted into combustible gases
  • Biomass gasification and subsequent fuel and chemicals synthesis – allowing a seamless transition from fossil raw materials to a renewable economy

Work packages:

  • WP4.1 Gasification (Morten Seljeskog, SINTEF Energy)
  • WP4.2 Gas Conditioning (Edd Blekkan, NTNU)
  • WP4.3 Preparing for Piloting and Up-scaling (Klaus Jens, USN)

 

SP5: Process design and End Use

SP leader:

  • Bernd Wittgens, SINTEF

Key features:

  • Identify the most promising process configurations
  • Efficient and clean end-use

Work packages:

  • WP5.1 Modelling Tool for Biorefineries (Heinz Preisig, NTNU)
  • WP5.2 Techno-Economic Evalulation / Scale of Economy (Bernd Wittgens, SINTEF Industry)
  • WP5.3 Product quality and End Use (Terese Løvås, NTNU)
Published 29. August 2016 - 13:29 - Updated 25. October 2021 - 9:32