Program News


Jonkoping, Sweden

Ryan Adolphson and K.C. Das

UGA representatives K.C. Das and Ryan Adolphson recently travelled to Jonkoping, Sweden to participate in the World Bioenergy 2008 Conference and Exhibition on Biomass for Energy.

Sponsored by Svebio and Neova, the World Bioenergy Conference brought together global expertise to demonstrate how to promote the implementation of bioenergy technologies, and transition into an environmentally sustainable market place. The conference featured the innovative concept, "Taking you from Know-How to Show-How." by combining conference sessions, field excursions, and a trade-show, into one comprehensive event. This allowed academic research and development to blend seamlessly with commercial experience providing better business context. Conference topics focused on all things related to biomass ranging from policy, environmental and legal issues, resources and logistics, to preparation, pretreatment, and vehicle applications.

Compared to conventional conferences this one placed much greater significance on the field tours integrating them fully into the main program to put bioenergy and its potential into concrete context. These tours represented a range of bioenergy solutions used in Sweden today and presented opportunities to see how the many components of bioenergy fit together in real life. Stops included site examples of forest and municipal waste biomass operations, plant facilities for heat and power generation, biogas production and use, and a sawmill with integrated pellet production.