We want to understand and to support society in the management of the carbon cycles of bio-systems and of human appropriation and use of biomass. We look into local bio-technology and bio-energy solutions in a global perspective. As a key activity, we are developing a new concept called EASI, Energy and Agricultural System Integration, and we strive to find innovative solutions for an integrated and co-optimized agricultural supply of biomass for food, feed and energy to a growing/changing population in a cost- and environmentally-efficient way. Life cycle assessment and energy system analysis is at the core of our work.
Examples of research projects in this area:
SYMBIO: Integration of biomass and wind power for biogas upgrading and enhancement via hydrogen-assisted anaerobic digestion
The project aims to develop an innovative process for microbial conversion of hydrogen and CO2 to methane in a biogas reactor, thus supporting a power-to-fuel concept and the storage of fluctuating renewable electricity production. See www.biogasupgrade.dk
The project aims to decouple the production of animal feed protein from the use of land. Single-cell protein is produced microbiologically from nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and carbon of a non-crop origin.
GR3: Grass to Green Gas
The project aims to uncover the barriers and environmental consequences of using residual grass as a resource for key bioenergy pathways throughout Europe, including, in particular, biogas. See www.grassgreenresource.eu
Urban Energy: Waste based biogas
The project will assess the feasibility of a turnkey treatment process turning urban waste into a bio-pulp for biogas and valuable fertilizer products, including characterizing the biogas potential and contamination degree of various waste streams.
BioDK: Analysis of environmental and climate effects of producing and using biomass for electricity, heat and transportation in Denmark
A Carbon footprint assessment of bioenergy pathways for the future Danish energy system involving a total of 768 scenario combinations of biomass and energy conversion technologies, under current and future framework conditions.
CEESA: Coherent Energy and Environmental System Analysis
Designing and assessing 100 % renewable energy scenarios for Denmark. See www.ceesa.dk