Dr. Judith Krautwald is a Research Associate at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), School of Life Sciences and Facility Management, Department of Environmental Biotechnology. She works on developing microbiological and thermal processes to obtain renewable energy from biomass with a current focus on biomass pretreatment prior to anaerobic digestion and biological methanation of CO2. She finds bioenergy research both challenging and fascinating because “compared to, for example, wind and solar energy, there is not one optimal technology, but rather a whole pool of technologies that are more or less suitable depending on the location, the type of biomass and the needs of consumers.” As there is no single bioenergy solution and since it appears to be less attractive to the public than other renewable energy sources, Dr. Krautwald calls for a need to “do much more educational work in this area in order to develop a good understanding of the technologies amongst the population.”
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