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Mission & Progress

The GR3 project promotes the use of grass and other herbaceous residues from landscape management as a resource for biogas production in Europe. It brings key actors and decision-makers together and provides them with technical, investment and legislative advice. This will increase the market uptake of these residues as a biogas feedstock. As such, the project will contribute to increased renewable energy production without competing with food production, to protect permanent grasslands from land use changes and to increase ecological landscape management.

 

The ten European project partners will also pressure the following aims:

  • Inventorying of the grass residue availability, quality, demand and the willingness to pay
  • Analysis of the technical, organizational, environmental, socio-economical and legislative aspects of cultivation, mowing, logistics, storage and anaerobic digestion of the grass residue
  • Creating green jobs in the decentralized biomass value chain
  • Interactions with policy makers and creation of policy proposals to enhance the uptake of grass residues as a biogas feedstock
  • Dissemination of lessons learned to stakeholders including local authorities, waste management associations, agricultural associations, biogas plant operators, etc.

 

The GR3 project was already presented on many conferences and workshops, also on the first Biogas Italy Fair, held in Rimini, on February 12th and 13th 2015 with a dedicated stand where project’s activities and results achieved were presented by Mr. Federico Correale in the workshop THE AGRONOMY OF BIOGAS “DONE RIGHT”. The Italian Association of Biogas Producers (Consorzio Italiano Biogas - CIB) was the organizer of the event where plants manufacturers, scientific researchers and institutions dealing with agricultural biogas met. CIB, founded in 2009, represents the Italian sector of biogas production and gasification in agriculture: it has 592 members with a combined production power of 360 MW.

The Italian partners compiled a nice video from this event, including a short interview with Mr. Correale. The video (in Italian) can be found at: http://youtu.be/2dTAiJFmGYk

An article about the project was also published on agronotizie.com (in Italian) and can be found at: http://agronotizie.imagelinenetwork.com/bio-energie-rinnovabili/2015/01/...