Three of the challenges we are facing are: first, climate change as a consequence of intensive use of fossil fuels; second, urgent need for energy independence and security due to international relation crisis; third, waste management challenge in urban areas because of rapid urbanization.
Promoting a transition to biobased urban energy system can allow us to “kill” three birds with one stone and help to achieve a circular economy.
This project aims at using various approaches including energy system modelling, agent based simulation and life cycle assessment in order to provide scientific insights into the contribution of waste biomass to urban energy system; sustainability performance of urban bioenergy supply chain; and bioenergy’s role in balancing the grid, thus supporting related policy-making process.
Highlight of the past year
We built a biobased urban energy system planning model to analyze the contribution of waste biomass in future urban energy supply with a case study in Amsterdam.
Type of student projects envisioned
Possible topics for students’ thesis: (1) Application of Energy Returned on Energy Invested indicator on urban energy system evaluation; (2) Sustainability analysis of urban bioenergy supply chain; (3) Multi-criteria analysis of bioenergy technology selection for urban energy system.