Twice as big, twice as strong
The Biogas Research Center, based at Linköping University, has received continued support from the Swedish Energy Agency, local governments and the business sector. It has secured further funding of SEK 80 million for the coming four years.
The Biogas Research Center, BRC, was founded in 2012, with a total budget of approx. SEK 21 million over a two-year period. After half that time it was evaluated on behalf of the Swedish Energy Agency.
”Linköping University has succeeded in establishing a well functioning operation with an interdisciplinary focus and numerous highly engaged partners. For this reason, this centre of excellence for biogas research is a solid basis for the continued development of innovative, resource-efficient biogas solutions. We are particularly pleased that new industrial sectors will be involved in the centre, such as the forestry industry,” says Kalle Svensson, Swedish Energy Agency.
The Swedish Energy Agency has agreed to fund the centre with SEK 27.6 million up to 2018. Combined with funding from Linköping University, the business sector and various local governments, this means a total budget of some SEK 80 million over four years.
Research at the BRC is unique in its breadth. Researchers from Linköping University from three departments and seven divisions are involved in truly interdisciplinary projects, where engineers, social scientists, economists and microbiologists work in close cooperation with the businesses and organisations that are involved in the BRC. They currently number 22 – see below.
In addition to Linköping and Norrköping municipalities, Västervik is also investing in the centre:
”We invested in the biogas train between Linköping and Västervik/Kalmar; we saw it as a profile activity, but now we have realised how much we can benefit from biogas in the shift to sustainability in our municipality. It’s about everything from waste management, purification of seawater and more efficient agriculture to fossil-free public transport and other transports. We believe we can also contribute to the BRC,” says Bruno Nilsson, CEO, Västerviks Biogas AB.
Eight successful stage-one research projects will now be followed by seven larger projects.
”Half of these will be about biogas processes, how to get more out of biogas in the existing systems. The others are system- and society-related studies. Plus we’re expanding our operations, so we don’t only study biogas as a vehicle fuel. Another important application is water purification in the pulp and paper industry,” says Mats Eklund, professor of environmental technology and management, director and scientific leader at BRC.
The aim of the BRC is clear:
”Together we will advance the implementation of a number of resource-efficient biogas solutions,” says Prof Eklund.
Photo: Charlotte Perhammar och Peter Karlsson
Stakeholders: Biogas Research Center
- Divisions of Environmental Technology and Management, Energy Systems and Business Administration at the Department of Management and Engineering.
- Divisions of Biology and Molecular Biotechnology, at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology
- Environmental Change, and Technology and Social Change, at TEMA.
The above all from Linköping University, as well as:
- Hifab Kanenergi
- Inzymes biotech
- Lantbrukarnas Riksförbund (Federation of Swedish Farmers)
- Linköping Municipality
- Nordvästra Skånes Renhållning
- Norrköping Municipality
- Purac puregas
- Rena Hav
- Scandinavian Biogas Fuels
- Svensk Biogas
- Svensk Kollektivtrafik
- Swedish Biogas International
- Tekniska verken
- Västblekinge Miljö AB
- Västervik Municipality
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Last updated: 2014-12-05