Two UMB researchers awarded for the best journal paper in Climate PolicyThe renown journal Climate Policy announced recently that the researcher Hanne K. Sjølie and Professor Birger Solberg from UMB were awarded the Schlamadinger Price of the year 2013 for the best journal paper on climate change, forestry, land use and bioenergy. Both scientists are greatly involved in CenBio and took part in more than 10 journal papers published through CenBio so far. More info here (in Norwegian). Photos: Top - Prof. Birger Solberg (credits: Håkon Sparre), Bottom - Research Scientist Hanne K. Sjølie (credits: Elin Judit Straumsvaag). (2013-11-20)
CenBio Strategic Day 2013
More than 50 CenBio members took part in the CenBio Strategic Day 2013. The purpose of this day was mainly to discuss the strategy to adopt in the next year's work plan and for the next 3 years and beyond. The user partners were strongly represented and had the opportunity to express their needs and expectations directly with the rest of the CenBio members. It was also another occasion to strengthen the links between the researchers from Ås and Trondheim who are working together in CenBio.
You can find the agenda here. (2013-11-03)
A new Coordinator at the head of CenBioWelcome to Berta Matas Guell (SINTEF Energy Research), who replaces Marie Bysveen as the Centre Coordinator since 1 October. (2013-10-07)
The agenda for the CenBio Strategic Day 2013 is now availableCenBio organizes the CenBio Strategic Day on 31 October 2013 in Trondheim from 10:00 to 16:30.All CenBio research and user partners are kindly invited. The Strategic Day will give us the opportunity to discuss four strategic topics:
FME midterm evaluation by NFR: CenBio passes and goes for 3 more years!The midterm evaluation is a necessary assessment from the Norwegian Research Council for all the FMEs after the first 4 years of existence. For each of them, financial support was secured for the first 5 years and the support for the 3 last years was conditioned by the midterm evaluation. The results have finally been revealed: CenBio will keep going for the next three years! Despite a few adjustments suggested by the evaluation panel to optimize the Centre, the comments are very positive and rewarding. More details can be found here (in Norwegian) (2013-06-19)
BiogasFuel: A new biogas project at Ås Campus funded by EnergiX (RCN)BiogasFuel (Biogas from organic residues and livestock manure as a vehicle fuel) is a new biogas project lead by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) that will start up in 2014 and run for three years. Partners in the project are Bioforsk, Cambi, Oslo EGE, FREVAR, Norges Bondelag and Avfall Norge. The main goal of the project is to maximize biogas yields to improve the role of biogas as a vehicle fuel substitute and thus reducing the CO2 emissions in the transport sector. An important part of the project is increased process understanding and control by detailed characterization of the microbial community in biogas reactors. This will include studies of two full scale biogas plants run by Oslo EGE and FREVAR. The research carried out in BiogasFuel will be complementary to the biogas activities in CenBio. (2013-06-19)
BioCarb+: A spin-off from CenBio gets funding from EnergiX (RCN)BioCarb is a KPN project engaging jointly SINTEF Energy Research, NTNU, NFLI and Hawaii University, with a number of industrial partners. The overall objective of this project is the development of new strategies for use of low-grade biomass resources for biocarbon (BC) production and conversion for energy purposes. The whole value chain, from the resources to the end-use applications and environmental aspects, is included in the project. The target is BC for cost-effective, small-scale and environmental and climate friendly energy use. (2013-06-17)
Can biofuel be used in airplanes?This is the topic discussed in a recent article from Teknisk Ukeblad. A report on biofuel for aviation has been ordered by Avinor, SAS, Norwegian and NHO luftfart. The journalist interviewed Berta Matas Guell, research manager at SINTEF Energy Research, specialist on the topic. (2013-06-12)
A CenBio partner makes international headlinesIn an article from New York Times (both online and in print) entitled "A City That Turns Garbage Into Energy Copes With a Shortage", EGE Oslo Waste-to-Energy (WtE) activities, including import of waste, are detailed and their energy and environmental benefits praised. The future of the WtE business at the European level is also discussed in depth with several interesting insights from EGE Oslo. In short, a must-read! (2013-05-30)
CenBio Annual Report 2012 available for downloadThe report contains an extensive description of all the activities carried out in 2012 within CenBio. The CenBio Annual Report 2012 can be downloaded here. (2013-05-06)
Bioenergy Innovation Award 2013Solør Bioenergi is the winner of the Bioenergy Innovation Award 2013, awarded on 11 April, during the CenBio-days, in Trondheim. Solør Bioenergi has succeeded in exploiting new possibilities to develop profitable activities, which has made them one of Norway's leading operators within the field of bioenergy. The winner has demonstrated that it is possible to establish and operate biomass-based CHP plants in Norway in a cost-effective manner, by recognising and optimally exploiting synergy effects in the market. The company sets an example for others who want to establish biomass-based CHP plants in Norway. The committee's citation (2013-04-16)
Top biofuels from the forest groundSINTEF Energy Research senior researcher Øyvind Skreiberg offers a great overview of the status of torrefaction in Norway through an interview published in Gemini (in Norwegian) (2013-04-12)
Agenda for the CenBio Days 2013The agenda for the CenBio Days 2013 is now available. Day 1 is for CenBio-members only, while Day 2 is open to all interested participants. The Bioenergy Innovation Award 2013 will be granted on Day 2. Online registration can be done here - first click on "User registration if you are not yet registered into the SINTEF system, then choose "CenBio" under "Seminars". (2013-04-04)
COST Training School – Forest Fuel Quality AssuranceThe registration for the 6th Training School 2013 from COST is open now! The Training School will take place at Campus Ås (Norway), on 9-15 June 2013 and is supported by CenBio. The focus is set on forest fuel quality assurance. The participants will be provided with knowledge of existing standards, inherent fuel properties, different sampling methods for analyses, field sampling, bio-refinery concepts and users, etc. More info can be found here. (2013-04-03)
"Best of CenBio" has been releasedAfter four years of research activities, a few examples of stories involving successful collaborations between CenBio research scientists and user partners have been gathered in a booklet. The booklet is addressed to everyone and reveals in an understandable manner some of the outstanding achievements from the Centre. You can download it here. (2013-03-20)
Improving the wood marketToday, firewood for woodstoves is often sold by volume, for instance by 40 or 60-liter bags. This does not represent the true energy content of what the consumer buys. Skog-og-Landskap Research scientist Simen Gjølsjø defends the benefits for both buyers and sellers to label the firewood with actual weight, humidity and number of kilowatt-hours. See the full article on forskning.no. (2013-02-19)
CenBio Days 2013 - April 10-11th in TrondheimThe annual CenBio Days conference will be arranged on April 10-11th 2013 in Trondheim. Day 1 is for CenBio-members only, while Day 2 is open to all interested participants. Registration is necessary. The Bioenergy Innovation Award will be granted on Day 2. More info will come within the next weeks. (2013-02-18)
12-hour Wood Marathon on NRK1 and NRK2 on Friday 15th February 2013Friday night you can enjoy a full evening dedicated to wood burning on your TV with NRK. At 19:40 starts "Norge rundt" on NRK1, before "Nasjonal Vedkveld" starts on NRK2 at 20:00. SINTEF Research scientist Morten Seljeskog and Skog-og-Landskap Research scientist Simen Gjølsjø will demonstrate some of the knowledge acquired through CenBio. You can replay the TV-programme here. (2013-02-14)
Bioenergy Innovation Award 2013The call for proposals of candidates to the Bioenergy Innovation Award 2013 is now open! The Bioenergy Innovation Award was established three years ago by CenBio to stimulate and reward knowledge-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of bioenergy. More information can be found in the official announcement (in Norwegian). (2013-01-22)
SINTEF SeminarA seminar on wood firing was arranged by SINTEF on Tuesday 4th December 2012 in Oslo. The seminar covered the entire chain from wood production and most effective ways to use woodstoves, to the work on optimisation of furnaces. The presentations (in Norwegian) held during the seminar can be found here. (2012-12-14)
Bioenergy Innovation Award 2012CAMBI ASA is the winner of the Bioenergy Innovation Award 2012. CAMBI develops, markeds and constructs efficient processing plants for production of biogas from wet organic waste and biomass derived from decontaminated sewage sludge. Leading customers regard their technology as the best available (BAT), and 26 plants have been sold in several countries. The prize was awarded 19 January, during the CenBio-days, at Ås. Further information. (2012-01-25)
CenBio-days 18 - 19 January 2012The annual CenBio-days will be arranged 18 - 19 January 2012 at Ås. The first day is for CenBio-members only, while the second day is open for those who are interested in participating. Registration is necessary. Check the programme. (2011-12-19)
3rd International Conference on Biomass and Waste Combustionis arranged 24 - 25 April 2012 in London, UK. The Conference will focus mainly on the technical aspects of biomass and waste combustion. The Conferense is arranged by SINTEF, KEMA and Vattenfall. Early bird until 15 Januar 2012. More information on the Conference website.
Renewable Energy Research Conference 2012 This scientific conference is arranged Trondheim 16. - 17. april 2012, in Trondheim, and the focus is on renewable energy technologies. In addition to interesting lectures on general issues concerning renewable energy, there will be 13 detailed scientific parallel sessions. One session is devoted to bioenergy including heat, cooling and/or power generation from biomass. The conference is arranged by SFFE - Centre for renewable energy.
Bioenergy Innovation Award - AnnouncementProposals for candidates for the Bioenergy Innovation Award 2012 are requested. Last year CenBio introduced the “Bioenergy Innovation Award”, a national innovation award within stationary bioenergy. This award was established to stimulate and reward knowledge based innovation and entrepreneurship. Further information in the announcement. (2011-10-25)
Bioenergidagene 2011The largest Norwegian bioenergy conference, "Bioenergidagene 2011", is arranged 7-8 November in Sarpsborg by Nobio. Programme and information on the Conference website. (2011-10-05)
Seminar on green certificates and biopowerA SINTEF-seminar with the title "Green certificates - new opportunities for biopower?" is arranged Thursday 13 October. The programme includes three presentations followed by a plenary discussion. The seminar is arranged in Oslo at 14-16, and the entrance is free. Programme and registration on the SINTEF website. (2011-09-16)
The Laudise Medal is awarded to CenBio researcherAssociate Professor Anders Hammer Strømman (NTNU/CenBio) has received the Laudise Medal. The Laudise Medal is awarded every second year by The International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) to a researcher who has made an excellent contribution to research in industrial ecology in the early part of his or her career. The award was handed out by Professor Marian Chertow from Yale University during the ISIEs conference at UC Berkley in the beginning of June. The jury emphasized in their statement that Strømman has given a substantial contribution to improve the methodology for life cycle analysis. They also emphasized his work within environmental assessment of bioenergy and global production systems. Further information on the NTNU website. (2011-08-10)
National bioenergy awardThe first Bioenergy Innovation Award was given to research scientist Edvard Karlsvik, SINTEF. He has been working on development of new combustion technology for wood stoves for 30 years, and has been an important person in the development of clean burning wood stoves. The award took place 18 January, during the CenBio days, in Trondheim. Further information. (2011-01-21)
CenBio Innovation workshopThe first CenBio Innovation workshop was arranged in Trondheim 17 November 2010. Further information in CenBio Newsletter No 2.
Renewable Energy Research Conference 2010This scientific conference is arranged 7-8 June 2010, in Trondheim, and the focus is on renewable energy technologies. In addition to interesting lectures on general issues concerning renewable energy, there will be detailed scientific parallel sessions within wind power, solar cells, hydropower, bioenergy, transport, ocean energy, zero emission buildings, as well as societal aspects of energy production and utilization. The conference is arranged by SFFE - Centre for renewable energy. (2010-03-08)
18th European Biomass Conference & ExhibitionThe European Biomass Conference and Exhibition combines a very renowned international Scientific Conference with an Industry Exhibition. This years conference is arranged in Lyon, France, 3-7 May 2010, and is expected to attract 1500 participants. (2010-03-08)
International Conference on Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production & Environment is arranged in Saariselkä, Finland, 29 August - 3 September 2010. The conference will focus on traditional fossil derived fuels, peat, biomass derived fuels, wastes and other demanding fuels and the challenges these fuels may create when fired. (2010-03-08)
CenBio second "cooperation and planing" meeting (Ås, 26 November)After a first successfull meeting between all the research partners (Trondheim, 22 October), this second meeting will continue to establish the framework of cooperation for 2010-2012. (2009-11-11)
Second International Conference on Biomass and Waste Combustion"Second International Conference on Biomass and Waste Combustion" is arranged 16-17 February 2010 in Oslo. The Conference will focus mainly on the technical aspects of biomass and waste combustion. The Conferense is arranged by SINTEF, and results from the EU project NextGenBioWaste will be presented. Several full scale demonstrations of new technology are carried out supported by reseach activities. More information on the Conference website (2009-10-13).
Bioenergidagene 2009The largest Norwegian bioenergy conference, "Bioenergidagene 2009", is arranged 23-24 November in Trondheim. The Conference is arranged by Nobio in co-operation with Trondheim Energi and SINTEF. Programme and information on the Conferense website (2009-10-13).
Centre Management Team Meeting No2 Friday 25 September the second Centre Management Team (CMT) meeting will take place (over the phone). (2009-09-25)
Centre Management Team Meeting No1 Monday 17 August the first Centre Management Team (CMT) meeting will take place in Trondheim. (2009-08-14)
Executive Board meeting for CenBioWednesday 17 June the first Executive Board meeting will take place in Trondheim.(2009-06-16)
Kick-off meeting for CenBioFriday 15 May all partners will meet for the first time at the CenBio kick-off meeting at Ås to officially inaugurate the start of CenBio. (2009-05-07)
Published November 29, 2013