Norwegian Centre for Sustainable Bio-based Fuels and Energy
The Norwegian Centre for Sustainable Bio-based Fuels and Energy (Bio4Fuels) aims at developing innovative technology and support industries to realize economic and sustainable conversion of lignocellulosic biomass and organic residues to transportation fuels, along with added value chemicals, heat and power. The 2°C climate goal proposed by the UNFCCC reinforces the need for the energy sector to adopt long-term development pathways to low-carbon energy supply. Efficient and sustainable use of biomass as renewable feedstock for heat, power and transportation are foreseen as key to achieving this target. The transport sector account for about 30% of the total CO2 emissions in Norway so significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be obtained by developing and implementing technologies for producing more sustainable transportation fuels.
The 2°C climate goal proposed by the UNFCCC reinforces the need for the energy sector to adopt long-term development pathways to low-carbon energy supply. Efficient and sustainable use of biomass as renewable feedstock for heat, power and transportation are foreseen as key to achieving this target.
The vision of Bio4Fuels will be realised through cooperation between recognised research groups at NMBU, NTNU, NIBIO, RISE PFI, SINTEF, IFE and HSN, in close collaboration with leading national and international research groups. Key research is to increase the efficiency and yields of major process steps within the different value chains, as well as achieving techno-economic insights for the optimal integration within and across value chains and greater understanding of the environmental consequences of the various value chains Bio4Fuels for the first time brings together leading Norwegian research institutions, universities, key national and international partners, major forestry resources owners and regional authority into one common initiative on production of energy carriers from renewable sources.
Within the Bio4Fuels centre, RISE PFI is heading research activities within “Pyrolysis” and “Pretreatment” which both are critical technology fields in the development of economic routes for producing advanced biofuel from lignocellulosic biomass and organic residues.
Joseph P, Opedal MT and Moe ST, The O-factor: using the H-factor concept to predict the outcome of organosolv pretreatment. Biomass conversion and biorefinery 2021
Research partners and funding:
The Bio4Fuels centre is headed by SINTEF and administrated by NMBU. Other R&D partners in the centre are NIBIO, RISE PFI, SINTEF, USN and IFE. The centre has a large number of user partners from industry from Norway and ither European countries.
Bio4Fuels is partly funded by the Research Council of Norway through the programme Research Centre for Renewable energy (FME)