New project which optimises value chains for miscanthus and hemp
The FACCE SURPLUS project MISCOMAR has resulted in a new Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI) demonstration project that will explore the potential of the non-food industrial crops miscanthus and hemp as a source of biomass for the bio-economy, and thereby contribute to innovation in the European Bioeconomy.
The BBI demonstration project “GRowing Advanced industrial Crops on marginal lands for biorEfineries” (GRACE) will demonstrate and optimise the techno economic viability and environmental sustainability of ten promising miscanthus and hemp biomass-based value chains using marginal, contaminated and unused land at an industry relevant scale. The aim is to identify hemp varieties suitable for marginal lands and to have commercial miscanthus cultivars available by the end of the project with several proven economically viable end uses creating a market pull for growth in the bio-economy.
The EU and the industrial association Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) are supporting the project with € 12.3 million through their private-public partnership Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI). The private project partners are contributing the remaining € 2.7 million.