There is a unique strongness to the broad network of f3. Eva Lind Grennfelt from Preem, and Per Erlandsson from Lantmännen Energi, both members of f3, agree on this. f3 brings together the collective biofuel field competence of both research and industry in Sweden, and being part of f3 offers possibilities to impact the development in the area.

Thomas Johannesson, chair of the f3 board, talks about the subtle but crucial differences between f3 and other competence centres: 

– The connection between business, researchers and authorities within f3 is exeptional. A common cause unites us, i.e. finding ways to reach a fossil free society, and every member of the board takes part in decisions on which projects to finance and carry through. In other networks, the producer approach is usually frequent: the researchers produce and industry puts into practice.

The researchers within f3 have formed a very positive and creative community, says Thomas Johannesson. Because of wide representation of members in f3, the industry has access to the full range of Swedish as well as international research in the field. In this way, they receive a more nuanced than what might be the case in limitied collaborations.

This is an excerpt from the story “Collective competence bring wiser choices on the road to future transportation fuels” published in November 2013, The full story is available for download in Swedish.