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Biorefinery Development à la Bio4Energy Focus of Umeå Renewable Energy Conference

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Source: Bio4Energy

The Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting—which is in fact an annual conference, held in northern Sweden and traditionally attended mostly by researchers and industry representatives from Europe and the Americas—this year will give an overview of the latest research on biorefinery processes based on woody feedstock or organic waste.

This UREM 2015 approach à la Bio4Energy was appropriate, said organisers Christoffer Boman and Carlos Martín of Bio4Energy, because there were many exciting developments underway in biofuel and 'green' chemical production, and because the research environment Bio4Energy itself was coming up to the end of its first five years in operation.

The conference will open 25 March with talks by the mayor of Umeå and then by the man who shepherded the Swedish government investigation on fossil-fuel free transport fleet by 2030 to its conclusion last year. The three days of talks, poster viewing and social events will culminate in a closing address on 'science and philosophy', said Boman, who is affiliated with Umeå University (UmU), just as his Bio4Energy colleague Martín.

Other types of renewable energy than that implied in biorefinery process will also be on the agenda, such as solar fuels and artificial photosynthesis. As is tradition, UREM has an organising committee made up of representatives of the Chemical-biological Centre at UmU and of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, both of which universities are members of Bio4Energy.

Sessions on biorefinery process will include:

  • Renewable Feedstock and Advanced Biomass Fuels;
  • System Analysis and Bioeconomy, and;
  • Biochemical and Thermochemical Conversion of biomass to fuels, materials and chemicals.

'UREM is an annual meeting and we invite highly established researchers from all around the world, talking about the latest scientific developments in renewable energy. This year we are also very happy [to have] quite a number of industrial representatives joining UREM', Boman said, adding;

'I strongly encourage both senior and younger researchers to come and attend this. It is a very unique event related to renewable energy here in Umeå'.

For more information and to register, go to the UREM 2015 conference website or watch the video sequence for a message from the organisers. The registration is open until 16 March and the submission of scientific abstracts until 15 February.

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