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The broader view – systems analysis for sustainable bioenergy

Edited by: Dr. Katja Bunzel, Prof. Daniela Thrän

This series originates from a selection of papers based on presentations during the international workshop “Biomass for energy – lessons from the Bioenergy Boom” (24th to 25th November 2014, Leipzig). In six engaging sessions, 25 distinguished international experts discussed their latest research findings with more than 100 participants from 25 countries. The presented aspects ranged from the impacts of bioenergy crops on water bodies, soils and biodiversity, to impacts and challenges in the political, legal and societal fields, as well as to the challenges in the system integration and in the evaluation of potential environmental impacts at a regional scale. These selected articles will provide readers from research, the private sector and politics with unique focused information on the interactions among bioenergy production, the environment and society.

  1. Original article

    Impact of flexible bioenergy provision on residual load fluctuation: a case study for the TransnetBW transmission system in 2022

    The transition towards a renewable based power system in Germany largely depends on variable renewable energy sources (vRES) like wind power and solar PV. Their high variability over time poses new challenges ...

    Philip Tafarte, Christiane Hennig, Martin Dotzauer and Daniela Thrän

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2017 7:3

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  2. Original article

    A spatial explicit scenario method to support participative regional land-use decisions regarding economic and ecological options of short rotation coppice (SRC) for renewable energy production on arable land: case study application for the Göttingen district, Germany

    Renewable energy (RE) production is a land-use driver with increasing impact on landscape configuration and a matter of controversial debate. Woody biomass cropping provides an opportunity to interlink RE supp...

    Gerald Busch

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2017 7:2

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  3. Forum article

    To integrate or to segregate food crop and energy crop cultivation at the landscape scale? Perspectives on biodiversity conservation in agriculture in Europe

    Biodiversity is severely declining in intensively managed agriculture worldwide. In response, land-management strategies for biodiversity conservation on farmland are in debate, namely ecological intensificati...

    Jens Dauber and Saori Miyake

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2016 6:25

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  4. Original article

    Legume-based mixed intercropping systems may lower agricultural born N2O emissions

    The area used for bioenergy crops (annual row crops (e.g., wheat, maize), herbaceous perennial grasses, and short-rotation woody crops (e.g., poplar)) is increasing because the substitution of fossil fuels by ...

    Mehmet Senbayram, Christian Wenthe, Annika Lingner, Johannes Isselstein, Horst Steinmann, Cengiz Kaya and Sarah Köbke

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2016 6:2

    Published on: 16 January 2016

  5. Original article

    Root biomass and soil carbon response to growing perennial grasses for bioenergy

    Dedicated bioenergy crops such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), miscanthus [Miscanthus x giganteus (Mxg)], indiangrass [Sorghastrum nutans (L.) Nash], and big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii Vitman) can provid...

    Leonard C. Kibet, Humberto Blanco-Canqui, Robert B. Mitchell and Walter H. Schacht

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2016 6:1

    Published on: 7 January 2016

  6. Original article

    Uncertainty analysis of the environmental sustainability of biofuels

    Faced with a changing climate, bioenergy has been promoted as a sustainable resource. However, while it is a renewable energy source, biofuel cultivation comes with several environmental problems such as land ...

    Stephan Pfister and Laura Scherer

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2015 5:30

    Published on: 6 October 2015