Fuel for Life 2007-2011 – University of Copenhagen

Fuel for Life 2007-2011

University of Copenhagen’s strategic research initiative Fuel for Life was started in order to strengthen and build up faculty research within sustainable production and processing of biomass to energy. The overall strategy and challenge for the area was to develop the necessary biology and technology to enable a sustainable and simultaneous production of food and fuel. The research in Fuel for Life also included land use and ecosystem services perspective in order to provide not only a sustainable technology but also a sustainable biomass production. The research had a strong applied component covering the production of plant biomass and its conversion to a variety of energy carriers.

Main results obtained with Fuel for Life:

  • The Faculty of Science has obtained a national leading position within bioenergy research and has built a strong network to national industry and international research centers
  • The initiative reached an important milestone when the Strategic Research Centre Bio4Bio (funded by The Strategic Research Council) commenced research on biotechnology for bioenergy in May 2009. The centre is coordinated at KU-SCIENCE
  • The collaboration with industry includes strong involvement in the DONG Energy demonstration plant for 2. generation bioethanol in Kalundborg.
  • Biomass production and development is now one of the three major areas defined by the industry Biorefinery Alliance.
  • The research in biomass for energy at KU-SCIENCE is growing and has      attracted increasing external funding, amounting to over 74 MDKK in 2007-2011.
  • Participation in the Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research in Sustainable Energy from 2010 and onwards.
  • The university’s first dedicated course on bioenergy, necessary for continued recruitment to the area, was offered for the first time in 2008/09. A PhD summer school was started in 2010. More courses and PhD schools are in the pipeline.
  • 20 PhD’s and 7 post docs have been initiated within the area.
  • A result of Fuel for Life is that the bioenergy research has become part of the research “elitemiljøer” within plant biotechnology and plant biosystems.