Grassification

A house made from roadside grass fibres, sustainable energy generated from roadside grass, more sustainable and cheaper roadside management. Science fiction or reality? Within the Interreg 2Seas GRASSIFICATION project, research institutes, land managers and industrial partners are examining the possibilities to create economically viable business cases for these and other applications starting from roadside clippings.

Over a period of 3 years, 13 partners from the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium will investigate potential value-chains (from roadside management to novel products) to maximally valorise novel end-products. This research will initiate a new bio-based circular economy, based upon roadside grass clippings.

​About the project  

The overall objective of the Grassification project is to apply a multi-dimensional approach to the valorisation of roadside grass clippings in order to optimize it into a viable value-chain for the biobased and circular economy. The project aims to optimize logistics and technical aspects of the grass clippings supply chain and processing, demonstrate its market potential as well as formulate policy and legal recommendations to create a more supportive framework for the recycling of this renewable resource.

These actions will increase the volume of usable material, lower costs, and generate a higher added-value for this so called ‘waste’ streams, which eventually will result in a higher market value of the industry. In this way, the use of roadside grass clippings as a renewable resource for the production of biobased products and hence the circular economy will become more attractive.  

Commercial outcomes

For achieving these goals, the Grassification project will have, as main outputs:

  • A novel mowing head aiming at improving the quality and reducing the sand content of the grass clippings
  • Technology tested for decentralized biogas production from the co-digestion of grass clippings with other feedstocks
  • Technology tested for bulk processing of grass into biogas
  • Products made out of grass fibers, such as a picnic set, stepping stones and insulation panels
  • Report on possible applications of the liquid fraction of grass
  • Model developed for joint procurement and performance contracting
  • Techno-economic assessment of the most promising value-chains
  • Supply chain optimization model
  • Policy roadmap

The stakeholders benefitting from these outputs are: road and land managers, SMEs and large entreprises, research institutes and centers, policy makers, and other stakeholders like e.g. the building sector for applications of bio-composite load bearing structures.

 

STAKEHOLDERS CORNER

Stakeholders’ corner

We are pleased to invite you to be part of the Grassification platform, which will function as a knowledge database for all Grassification stakeholders.

This platform will offer you the opportunity to get the first access to project’s deliverables and results as well as to receive first-hand invitations to our events.

Your participation is voluntary and free of charge. Your data will be treated according to the EU General Data Protection Regulation and for the project’s purposes only.

Contacts

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Dr. Erik Meers

Ghent University Laboratory of
Analytical Chemistry and Applied Ecochemistry

Ghent – Belgium
info@biorefine.eu

Phone: +32 9 264 93 96

Agenda

Grassification webinar on anaerobic co-digestion for roadside grass clippings

The Grassification project is delighted to invite you to its upcoming webinar 'Anaerobic...

Grass2Algae final event – 19 October

The Grass2Algae operational group (OG) aims at evaluating the use of grass juice for growing micr...

Circular Economy: a multi-dimensional approach to valorise roadside grass clippings

The Grassification project is delighted to invite you to its final event 'Circular Econo...

Grassification webinar ‘Developing Novel End-Products from Grass Fibres’

The Grassification project is delighted to invite you to its upcoming webinar on 'D...

Grassification webinar ‘Bermen maaien: grondstof oogsten’

The Grassification project is delighted to invite you to the webinar 'Mowing verges: har...

Grassification webinar: Assessing the Potential Use of the Liquid Fraction of Roadside Grass

The Grassification webinar will assess the potential use of the liquid fraction of roadside grass...

Publications

Life Cycle Assessment of roadside grass verges in Flanders
Grassification project: Anaerobic co-digestion of grass clippings. Decentralized biogas production
D1.2.1 Development of a general outline for a joint public procurement process
Use of biocomposites of biopolymers and roadside clippings for prototype products (e.g. landscape infrastructure)
D 1.4.1. Co-digestion of roadside grass with VeDoWS manure and pig slurry
Grassification Brochure
Assessment of the potential of protein extraction and protein production (insects and microalgae) from the liquid fraction
Support development new type mowing head aimed at minimising dirt content via a co-creation strategy
D2.4.1 Production fibre pellets from roadside clippings as half-finished product for biocomposite production
D1.1.2 Report: Testing & comparison of performance new type of mowing head against existing mowing heads

News

Grass2Algae – progress from the first half of the project!
03 09 2021
Grass2Algae is an Operational Group funded by the Flemish Department of Agricultural and Fisheries w...
Outcomes of the Grassification webinar on novel end-products from grass fibres
19 08 2021
The Grassification project is aimed at valorizing roadside grass clippings as renewable feedstock in...
Outcomes of the webinar on Anaerobic Co-digestion for roadside grass clippings
22 06 2021
The Grassification project aims to explore the potential of roadside grass clippings, transforming t...
Grassification Final Activities
22 06 2021
Even though the Grassification project will end on November, 2021, the project partners still have s...
Roadside cuttings, the raw material of the future?
22 06 2021
What if we consider the grass clippings as a raw material and not as a waste stream?...
Outcomes of the Grassification webinar on valorisation of roadside cuttings
16 03 2021
The Grassification project aims to turn the roadside cuttings from waste into a resource. The curre...
GRASS2ALGAE – Recycling nutrient from grass clippings for the production of circular proteins
22 02 2021
In 2020, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Flanders) launched a call for the submission o...
Stakeholder survey on grass fiber quality requirements
20 10 2020
WE NEED YOUR HELP! to establish a viable value chain for grass clippings within the Interreg 2-seas...
Biorefinery Glas – A Farmer-centric Bioeconomy Approach
16 07 2020
Over the last 12 months, Biorefinery Glas, one of Europe’s first small-scale biorefinery demonstra...
Gramitherm – Insulation panels made out of grass!
16 07 2020
Gramitherm is currently the only company - worldwide - to manufacture thermal insulation panels us...
Verge managing experiments in the UK
10 07 2020
Currently in the UK, road verges are cut and the grass is left on the verge, in contrast to many oth...
Bulk biogas production from grass
16 03 2020
Biogas production from grass is possible, but it suffers from several technical hurdles like litter...
GRASSIFICATION tests new mowing head
30 10 2019
Roadside grass clippings are a problem fraction throughout the 2 Seas Programme area due to their hi...

Check the Grassification videos!

Workshop in Maldegem

Webinar on Anaerobic Co-digestion of Roadside Grass Clippings

Webinar Platform Oogstbare Landschappen – 11 december 2020

Grassification: Anaërobe vergisting van bermgras

Webinar on Developing novel end-products from grass fibres

Webinar on Bermen maaien: grondstof oogsten

Meet the Grassification consortium