Environmental biotechnology

ScanBalt Campus Knowledge network in environmental biotechnology. The scientific focus of Knowledge Network is: Renewable energy, chemicals and new products from forestry and agriculture. One aim is the production of bio-fuel for the transport sector based on residues (or products) from forestry and agriculture. Three areas of great interest are extraction of lignin from black liquor (kraft paper pulp process), ethanol production (separation of lignin from process streams) and gasification of biomaterial.

Fuel production will be an important function of future agriculture and forestry. The starch to ethanol process is well developed and the cellulose to ethanol is developing in the European region. Some parts of the region have set the goal to be oil independent in ten years time.

Central questions in the subject area are the biotechnical processes to make ethanol from different agriculture and forestry products. The area also face the problem of eco fuel production balanced against demand of other food and forestry products, the up scaling from laboratory experience to full scale production and the distribution and tax regulation of eco fuel.

The Environmental Biotechnology knowledge network has its node at GMV, Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University and is coordinated by professor Oliver Lindqvist, GMV.

Partners:

Institute

Country

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) AlbaNova University Center

Sweden

Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry

Latvia

Department of Applied Microbiology LTH/Lund University

Sweden

Øresund Environment Academy

Denmark

Institute of Biotechnology, Vilnius

Lithuania

Department of Applied Chemistry and Microbiology,University of Helsinki

Finland

SCA, Sweden, vice chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Forest Based Technology Platform (FTP) in EU’s 7th Framework Programme FTP

Sweden

School of Engineering, University of Borås

Sweden

VTT Biotechnology, Finland

Finland

VTT Processes, Finland

Finland

Novozymes, Denmark

Denmark

Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Umeå Plant Science Centre

Sweden

Chalmers Biocenter, Chalmers University of Technology

Sweden

Forest Products and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology

Sweden

Molecular Biotechnology, Chalmers University of Technology

Sweden

The Swedish Farmers Supply and Crop Marketing Association (Lantmännen)

Sweden

Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) Göteborg University and Chalmers University of Technology

Sweden

Contact

Katarina Gårdfeldt

katarina@chem.gu.se  
Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV
Göteborg University and Chalmers University of Technology,
SE- 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden
www.chalmers.se/gmv/EN