C-CBC member Dr. Shahab Sokhansanj received the inaugural Arun S Mujumdar Medal in Drying Science at the 21st International Drying Symposium (IDS 2018) held from September 11 to 14, 2018 in Valencia Spain.
C-CBC researchers and students won two Best Poster awards at the Research Day of UBC BioProducts Institute (BPI) on September 12th. PhD student Ruixu Wang and Post-Doc Ziliang Wang won the first price for presenting “Performance of a prototype pulsed fluidized bed reactor for biomass residues torrefaction”. Post-Doc Eric Dening Jia won the second price on “Heat and mass transfer in pulsation-assisted fluidized beds”.
Prof. Xiaotao Bi has co-authored a recent publication in the journal of Science on global carbon intensity of crude oil production. It is a study led by Stanford University with collaborators from several other universities. The full article can be accessed from: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6405/851
On August 16th and 17th, C-CBC member Prof. Changzhu Li, Director of Hunan Academy of Forestry (HAF), and Prof. Lijuan Jiang from Central South University Forestry and Technology visited UBC and FPInnovations. C-CBC Director Xiaotao Bi and Manager Siduo Zhang, and C-CBC member Dr. Wenli Duo, received the visit. Prof. Hui Li, Deputy Director of the Institute of Biological and Environmental Engineering at HAF who is currently a visiting professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC, accompanied the visit.
A meeting was conducted at UBC to review the collaboration work between HAF and UBC through C-CBC’s platform which includes joint funding application, student and scholar exchanges, affiliated industry program, etc. The attendees planned for the next steps to further the collaboration. HAF is strong in the field of turning woody energy plants into bioenergy and bioresources. The two organizations will develop joint research and development projects, train students and scholars, and commercialize promising new technologies by involving industry members.
On June 28th, a delegation from Xiamen University of Technology (XMUT), led by Zhicheng Lin, Vice Secretary of CPC Committee, visited C-CBC. The delegation had a meeting with Dr. Xiaotao Bi along with Haochen Li, Manager of UBC China Council, and Jonathan Hayes, International Relations Officer of UBC Office of the Vice-Provost International. The delegation introduced XMUT's latest development learned about the UBC engineering areas and C-CBC, and inquired about UBC's international collaboration programs on student and scholar development. XMUT will stay in touch with UBC for further conversations on potential collaborations.
On June 11th, Mr. Chen Wang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress led a delegation to visit UBC and C-CBC. C-CBC Director Xiaotao Bi received the delegation along with the President of UBC Prof. Santa Ono, UBC Vice-Provost International Prof. Murali Chandrashekaran, Chinese Ambassador Mr. Shaye Lu, Chinese Consul General at Vancouver Ms. Xiaoling Tong, other staff members from the Chinese Embassy and Chinese Consulate General, and a group of C-CBC members. The delegation toured our Centre and the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre. The delegation was impressed by our achievement. Mr. Wang encouraged our members to strive for higher goals and enhance the collaboration between the two countries on clean technologies including bioenergy. Together we are confident to will make C-CBC as a leading international collaboration platform on bioenergy.
A delegation from Henan Academy of Sciences visited C-CBC on May 30th, 2018. The Director Prof. Tingzhou Lei accepted Dr. Bi's invitation to join C-CBC and Henan Academy of Sciences also joined as a partner institution.
On May 26th, a delegation from the Department of Energy Conservation, Science & Technology, and Equipment, China National Energy Administration, visited C-CBC. New connections were built after the visit and the group will stay in touch to learn about the latest technologies and the market trend in bioenergy and clean energy field. They will create collaboration opportunities for the researchers and industry players in the two countries for win-win solutions.
We are glad to announce that our Centre has changed its name to China-Canada Bioenergy Centre (C-CBC)! Our website has migrated to a new domain www.c-cbc.center. The previous one www.ccjcberi.com will be valid for another year.
CCJCBERI Directors Tianwei Tan and Xiaotao Bi attended the third annual meeting and academic conference of the Beijing Center for Advanced Innovation in Soft Matter Science and Engineering on April 13th-14th, 2018.
On April 10th, 2018, the Third Annual Meeting of CCJCBERI was successfully held at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. Attendees include more than 70 people from governments, research institutes, and other organizations in China, Canada, and the US.
C-CJCBERI member Dr. Anthony Lau visited our partner institute Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC), Chinese Academy of Sciences and the South China University of Technology from Dec 4th to Dec 8th, 2017.
C-CJCBERI has been successfully awarded $4.5 Million Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) 2017 Innovation Fund. The fund will mainly support the building of new labs and equipment for the Centre to conduct biomass and bioenergy research on UBC campus.
On September 7th, A delegation led by the Mayor of the City of Vancouver, Mr. Gregor Robertson, and organized by the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), visited C-CJCBERI at Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT).