Agricultural energy sources

Keywords: energy crops, use of marginal lands, agrivoltaics, dual yield on arable land, energy forestry, agroforestry, compost heat production, biogas, bioeconomy, plant-based biofuels, agricultural waste valorization, Miscanthus, Germany's Renewables Energy Act, food vs. fuel, environmental impact

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Guest Editors of this issue


Prof. Dr. Daniela Thrän is head of the Bioenergy Systems department at the German Institute for Biomass Research (DBFZ), head of the Department of Bioenergy at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and Co-Chairwoman of the German Bioeconomy Council. Her research focus is the sustainable use and production of biomass with aspects of bioenergy, bioeconomics and the spatial impact of renewable energies. She has developed the "Smart Bioenergy" approach, considering technologies and concepts needed for a more flexible bioenergy provision in future energy systems.


Prof. Dr. Iris Lewandowski is Managing Director of the Institute of Crop Science 340 at the University Hohenheim, Chair of the Department Biobased Ressources in the Bioeconomy at Uni Hoehnheim and, among many other committee memberships, Co-Chairwoman of the German Bioeconomy Council. Her research work evolves around sustainable production of biomass, its effects on landscape and environment, with details in plant physiology and cultivation of energy grasses.