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GRowing Advanced industrial Crops on marginal lands for biorEfineries

Objective

In the EU-projects OPTIMSC and MultiHemp promising miscanthus and hemp germplasm was identified for crop production suitable for various end uses. In OPTIMISC also a large number of genotypes were screened for various stress tolerances (e.g. frost, drought, salinity) which are key traits for good performance under marginal conditions. However, both projects worked on small trial plots and identified utilization options only at lab scale. Miscanthus or hemp varieties that are specifically suitable for marginal lands are not yet available. A major bottleneck for development of such varieties is the lack of information on their large scale performance. Therefore the next step to develop these biomass crops for the growing bioeconomy is to demonstrate the feasibility of upscaling their production. Cultivars also need to meet the quality requirements of the specific end uses. Based on knowledge gained by the projects OPTIMISC and MultiHemp, the biomass composition of the germplasm is largely known and can be matched to the specific end uses. However, the upscaling of these value chains with tailored germplasm is not yet proven and represents a bottle neck for their wider application. The objective of this project is to demonstrate 1) the upscaling of crop production of miscanthus and hemp genotypes matched to end use and 2) their suitability for marginal, contaminated and unused land. Another aim of the project is to demonstrate the upscaling of the most promising biomass valorization chains with tailored genotypes. Various valorization options will be tested by associated partners (industry panel) and a subset will be demonstrated at (pre)commercial scale. The overall aim of the project is to have commercial cultivars, which are suitable for marginal, contaminated or unused land, available at the end of the project with proven feasibility for a set of end-uses. This includes their performance in the value chain, but also their environmental and economic profile.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Address

Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 694 787,50

Participants (22)

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WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 017 500

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 635 172

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 098 937,50

UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 706 000

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU AGRONOMSKI FAKULTET

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 302 410

NOVAMONT SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 060 937,50

MOGU SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 233 625

AVA BIOCHEM BSL AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 434 000

ADDIPLAST SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 343 175

INA-INDUSTRIJA NAFTE DD

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 401 590

INDENA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 271 250

C.M.F. GREENTECH S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 108 500

CONSORZIO DI BONIFICA DI PIACENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 75 250

KUHN UWE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 394 831,50

ECOHEMP SRL

Italy

COOPERATIVE VERENIGING MISCANTHUSGRROEP UA

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 327 250

TERRAVESTA ASSURED ENERGY CROPS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 165 399,73

VANDINTER SEMO BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 178 500

NOVABIOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 531 642,13

FURTLEHNER JOHANNES

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 88 375

SPRING SUSTAINABLE PROCESSES AND RESOURCES FOR INNOVATION AND NATIONAL GROWTH

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 105 000

GRUPPO FIBRANOVA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 150 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 745012

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 000 851,21

  • EU contribution

    € 12 324 632,86

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Germany