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Strategic research area Bio4Energy is a research environment that develops methods and tools for conducting sustainable and efficient biorefinery. Umeå University, Luleå University of Technology and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences are academic partners. Researchers from RISE Energy Technology Center, RISE Innventia and RISE Processum also take part.

World-leading research on energy, materials and chemicals

Today, almost all chemicals and vehicle fuels are derived from petrochemicals. Researchers and industry partners in northern Sweden want to change that by replacing fossil oil with woody materials or organic waste. They cooperate in the research environment Bio4Energy.

Bio4Energy’s research and development are at the international forefront and cover the entire value chain—from forest-sourced materials to end products in the form of biofuels, bio-based materials and "green" chemicals. These latter may be used for medical applications, textiles and packaging, for instance. The vision is to create environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies that make it possible to replace today's oil refineries with biorefineries.

Read more about the research environment at Bio4Energy.se

Deputy Programme Manager

Elisabeth Wetterlund, Luleå university of technology


Research Programme

Industrial Network


Anna Strom, Bio4Energy Communications


New method to recycle adsorbents in wastewater treatment

Pierre Oesterle's thesis shows how recycling can be made more eco-friendly using pressure cooker technology.

Laser spectroscopy for more efficient biomass combustion

New method paves the way for green energy and improves understanding of complex chemical processes.

Latest update: 2023-11-06