Prediktor Instruments received the Bioenergy Innovation Award 2017

This year’s winner of the Bioenergy Innovation Award was Prediktor Instruments, who received the prize during the FME CenBio Final Conference at Ås Campus on 13-14 March 2017.

The Award acknowledged one of the company’s recent innovations: their instrument Spektron Biomass, measuring moisture content in wood chips in an efficient, fast and accurate manner using near infrared spectroscopy (NIR).

Prediktor Instrument AS receives the Bioenergy Innovation Award 2017 during the CenBio Final Conference at Ås Campus.
Prediktor Instrument AS receives the Bioenergy Innovation Award 2017 during the CenBio Final Conference at Ås Campus. From left: Per-Olav Rusås (Product Manager), Mari-Ann Akerjord (VP Instruments), Bård Hansen (Director of Sales and Marketing) and Head Principal at NMBU, Mari Sundli Tveit. Photo: Håkon Sparre.

In their argument the jury emphazised that «The winner’s effort has given birth to an instrument for the fast and accurate measurement of moisture in biomass fuels. The current 48-hour method can now be replaced by a new procedure that only takes a couple of minutes. This novel technology enables its users to set quality standards, directly contributing to a more professional bioenergy sector«.

Bioenergy Innovation Award

The Award is a Norwegian national innovation prize within stationary bioenergy, introduced by FME CenBio in 2011. The candidates have been assessed by a committee consisting of representatives from the Research Council of Norway, Norsk Bioenergiforening (Nobio), Innovation Norway, Enova, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and SINTEF. Find more information about the Award.

Concluding 8 years of research and innovation

FME CenBio – Bioenergy Innovation Centre – organised its Final Conference at Ås Campus on 13-14 March 2017, concluding 8 years of research and innovations on bioenergy. More than 80 participants attended the event to hear from CenBio’s researchers and industry partners. International experts offered their knowledgeable views on bioenergy in their respective countries and insights on upcoming trends and possible developments.

Eilif Due from the Norwegian Forest Owners' Federation presenting at the CenBio Final Conference on 13 March 2017 at Ås Campus.
Eilif Due from the Norwegian Forest Owners’ Federation presenting at the CenBio Final Conference on 13 March 2017 at Ås Campus. Photo: Håkon Sparre.

As stated in the CenBio Final Report and pinpointed by the conference moderator Trond Værnes from the Research Council of Norway: «Together with key bioenergy user partners, CenBio research laid the foundations for a modern way of utilising biomass that many others will build on for years to come.»

CenBio has created value for industry

Hosted by NMBU and led by SINTEF in a successful collaboration, the FME CenBio launched with 19 user partners and 7 R&D partners in 2009. Partly financed by the Research Council of Norway, CenBio created considerable value for industry thanks to the focus on stationary bioenergy and the main goal to enable sustainable and cost-efficient bioenergy.

The CenBio Final Report and more information on FME CenBio can be found on www.CenBio.no

CenBio Centre Coordinator Marie Bysveen from SINTEF and CenBio Centre Deputy Coordinator Odd Jarle Skjelhaugen from NMBU
From left: CenBio Centre Coordinator Marie Bysveen from SINTEF and CenBio Centre Deputy Coordinator Odd Jarle Skjelhaugen from NMBU at the CenBio Final Conference on 13 March 2017 at Ås Campus. Photo: Håkon Sparre.
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