XXVI IUFRO World Congress 2024

The IUFRO World Congress 2024, from 23 to 29 June, is a collaborative global network platform with great opportunities for knowledge sharing and access to the latest science and research. The event’s outcome will also set the future research agenda and roadmap for the next generations, focusing on the congress theme Forests & Society Towards 2050.

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Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC) 2024

Welcome to the Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC), where the latest discoveries and innovations in bio-based materials, chemicals, and products from biorefineries will be presented.

This time, the conference is arranged in Örnsköldvik, where the heart of RISE’s research and innovation arena in biorefinery, Bioeconomy Arena, is located. In the midst of the magnificent nature of the High Coast, the Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference will offer a meeting place between research, innovation and industry, with a focus on value chains for the commercialisation of forest industrial biorefineries.

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Forum Wood Building Nordic 2023

The 12th Forum Wood Building Nordic focuses on the fast-changing wood building environment. The wood building sector has claimed its place in the construction industry long time ago and is currently accelerating in an unheard-of pace. Wood is an indispensable building material and each year, more new actors enter the industry as they discover the benefits of using wood in construction. This accelerates the progress: new technologies, innovations, strategic benefits, digitalization…Are you still keeping up?

Topics to be covered at this year’s conference are dealing with technical issues in building physics like structures, sound, vibrations and connectors. Furthermore, areas like product development for automation, hybrid systems, wood bioeconomy, city development and wood as the perfect green partner are presented as well.

WBN is the leading conference for wood building in the Nordic countries and part of the international Forum-Holzbau organization. The conference brings together academics and practitioners to exchange experiences and learn the latest developments in the field, featuring lectures by international speakers accompanied by an exhibition where different organizations present their latest products and services. Industry, scientific research communities and building authorities will come together to learn, find inspiration and exchange experiences.

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Globally unique research for better fuel pellets

800 tonnes of sawdust was recently turned into fuel pellets in a globally unique test run in Sweden. That was part of a pellet research project that is being carried out on a large scale to investigate differences in quality between different raw material compositions.

Originally published on Paper Province.

By Malin Hildén

Testings are a cheap and environmentally friendly energy source made from dried and compacted sawdust from spruce and pine. Therefore, they are a valuable and important component in the transition to a fossil-free society.

In order to optimize the production and storage of pellets, a research study is now investigating whether the pellet quality is affected by the origin of the sawdust: the heartwood (coarse timber) or the sapwood (small timber).

Different drying temperatures and types of sawdust

What the researchers are investigating is whether the handling of the raw materials can contribute to making the pellets more resource-efficient. The method includes studying how low- and high-temperature drying, in combination with small and coarse timber, affects the physical properties and long-term storage.

One problem when storing fuel pellets is that they can generate spontaneous heating, forming flammable and toxic gases. The researchers aim to reduce this increased fire hazard.

Globally unique test run

In order to examine the improvement opportunities in the context of fuel pellets, some 800 tonnes of fresh small and coarse timber from pine was transported to the pellet plant of power company Härjeåns Energi in the Swedish town of Sveg. That is where the impressive test run took place.

“This is huge. Such large-scale research trials aren’t carried out anywhere else in the world. Normally, you’d go to a lab and do smaller runs,” says Magnus Persson, who is an innovation advisor and project manager at Paper Province.

What makes this volume possible is the collaboration between academia, research and industry.

“If this turns out well, it’s going to have an impact on the entire industry: everyone will be able to learn and benefit from it.”

Previous tests

The test run was the second of two major ones. The first one, completed last autumn, involved low-temperature drying. This time, however, a high-temperature dryer was used.

“The test run came out well, and now we’ll continue the measurements and analyses in order to determine the outcome,” says Michael Finell of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

He is the project manager for InnoPels, the project where the research is conducted. It is funded by Vinnova, with the participation of Karlstad University, Paper Province, Solör Bioenergi Pellets AB, Härjeåns Energi AB and Bergkvist Siljan Skog AB.

Photo by Paper Province.

Emil Mattsson, Härjeåns, Stefan Frodeson, Karlstad University, Michael Finell, SLU, Magnus Persson, Paper Province and Workson Siwale, SLU.

Forest Innovation Summit 2023

This 2-day Forest Innovation Summit will connect Sweden, a global innovator in forestry and environmental stewardship, with California, home to the world’s most transformative technology ecosystem, to build knowledge, collaboration, and solutions.
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