The Bio4Fuels days 2020 was intended to be a physical conference in Drammen, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was held as an online seminar 18th and 19th of November. Approximately 80 researchers, industry specialists, and policymakers were virtually gathered to share insight, problems and recent developments within production and use of advanced biofuels. The first day of the seminar had an international perspective, with presentations from different Bio4Fuels’ stakeholders and invited speakers, while day two was an internal seminar for Bio4Fuels’ partners.
A major contributor to the emission of greenhouse gases is the use of fossil fuels in the transport sector. The EU’s European Green Deal aims at becoming climate-neutral in 2050, and to achieve this goal a sustainable biofuel industry needs to be established. In order to meet this goal, demonstration and scale-up of novel processes for production of advanced biofuels is essential.
New plant at Tofte
The new demonstration plant of Silva Green Fuel, which is owned by Statkraft and Södra, is now being established at Tofte, and will produce bio-oils from wood using Steeper Energy’s technology. The plant will perform hydrothermal liquefaction, which is the direct transformation of biomass into bio-oils under high pressure and temperature. This renewable bio-oil can further be upgraded into advanced biofuels at existing refineries.
Other presenters at the conference were St1, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Avinor, and RTI International, all highlighting different aspects of biofuels and their importance for achieving future goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector.
More research needed
Despite great research progress in the last years, the main bottleneck in the production of advanced biofuels remains the high cost compared to fossil fuels. The production of valuable co-products in biorefining processes may increase the competitiveness of biofuels. Forward, more research and process optimization are needed to make the conversion of biomass to biofuel an economic process.
Bio4Fuels is a Norwegian research centre founded by the Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), aiming at developing sustainable and economical technology for the production of biofuel, energy, and other high-value chemicals from lignocellulosic material and organic residues.
Programme and presentations from Bio4Fuels Days below.
Presentations can be downloaded from below.
Wednesday 18 November - International meeting, open to All
- Introduction, Centre Leader Duncan Akporiaye
- Maria Georgiadou, the EU Commission
- Steen Iversen, Steeper Energy Aps
- Virtual site visit to Silva Green Fuel's plant at Tofte, Hurum
- Erik Trømborg, NMBU
- Patrick Pitkänen, St1
- Paul Fennell, Imperial College London
- Arvid Løken, Avinor
- David Dayton, RTI International
Thursday 19 November - Meeting for Bio4Fuels' partners
Presentations from the Bio4Fuels' value chains.