Research in Bioenergy
At Forest & Landscape our research in the bioenergy field is focused on the use of non-food biomasses such as wood, agricultural residue and municipal solid waste. We have strong research groups both within the production of biomass for energy as well as the conversion and processing of biomass.
Biomass is our single largest source for renewable energy. However, the biomass we use for energy is part of large and dynamic ecosystems of forestry and agriculture. Therefore both the sustainability and environmental impact of bioenergy depend upon the type of biomass used as well as the technology by which the biomass is converted to fuels, power and heat.
Core reseach areas
The research within production of biomass covers advanced monitoring systems for biomass inventories, nutrient balances in typical forest ecosystems, carbon storage in ecosystems, breeding of Jatropha and biomass production in temperate forests.
The research within biomass conversion and processing technology covers molecular scale charachterisation of biomass, enzymology, biophysics, processing of biomass to fermentable sugars and conversion to liquid fuels such as ethanol and diesels.
Also we have started crossdisciplinary research in relation to the bioenergy technology impact upon land use and feed supply.
Biotechnology for Bioenergy
Currently Forest & Landscape is heading the national strategic research center on Biotechnology for Bioenergy (www.bio4bio.dk), and we have close collaborations with both industry and other bioenergy research centers.