BioMob2 Masterclass 2: Bio-feedstocks from ‘wetter ways of farming’

    Bio-feedstocks from ‘wetter ways of farming’

    2nd Masterclass of Biomass Mobilization Innovation and Strategy Course (#BioMob)
    18 May 2021 | 2:00-5:00pm CET

    !!Presentations of the Masterclass are now available!!

    In this second masterclass, part of the Biomass Innovation and Strategy Course, we look into biofeedstock opportunities in wetlands and in the sea. With Jaap van Hal of the TNO Seaweed Lab we discuss how to organise a seaweed value chain for biofuels and green chemistry. With Hans Schutte from Wetlands International we discuss biofeedstock opportunities in peatland conservation or restoration areas worldwide.

    Full program:

    • 14h-14h05: Welcome and introduction
    • 14h05-14h10: Recap 1st Biomob session


    • 14h10-14h25: Presentation by Jaap van Hal (TNO Seaweed Lab) (pdf)
    • 14h25-14h50: Questions and discussion
    • 14h50-14h55: Short break


    • 14h55-15h05: Peatland introduction by Platform Duurzame Biobrandstoffen (pdf)
    • 15h05-15h20: Case studies Paludiculture by Hans Schutten (Wetlands International) (pdf)
    • 15h20-15h45: Questions and discussion

    Break out sessions

    • 15h45-16h: Brain storming session and idea exchange
    • 16h: End of Masterclass


    Introduction tot the masterclass


    About 50 per cent of the photosynthesis on Earth occurs in seaweeds and microscopic algae. Seaweed cultivation does not require land and seaweeds naturally sequester carbon and could help to mitigate the effects of ocean acidification.

    Theoretically, under ideal circumstances, in the Dutch part of the north sea we could make 350 PJ of seaweed available. The TNO Seaweed Lab started a dedicated research program to get familiar with the seaweed: where does which type grow, how to farm seaweed and how to transport it?

    In this masterclass we discuss with Jaap van Hal the seaweed as a biofeedstock. In biorefining nutrients in seaweed can be retained but currently this process would only make sense for producing high-value bioproducts. Seaweed can also be used in biogas conversion. Take the example of the so-called ‘Sargassum Belt’ where nuisance caused by exuberant seaweed growth could provide a significant opportunity for fuel production. However, in the biogas pathway we lose the capacity to retrieve the nutrients. Should we instead think of designing small scall biorefinery systems. Can we converse seaweed into intermediate products? We discuss the seaweed case for biofuel and green chemistry.

    Read the Seaweed Manifesto about how scaling up the seaweed production industry can deliver safe and healthy food, renewable biofuel, low-carbon feed, as well as how it contributes too capturing and storing carbon dioxide to limit climate change, while also creating new sources of revenue to alleviate poverty in coastal communities.


    Discussing the peatland opportunity and new value chains

    Peatlands cover around 400 million hectares worldwide (around 3% of land area) and store the equivalent of 75% of atmospheric carbon – more than all other vegetation types in the world combined (they contain twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests). The points is: they need to be kept wet. It is the high water table that enables peat to form and keep the accumulated carbon stored in the soil. Unfortunately degraded peatlands are a huge source of carbon emission. The challenge is to restore peatlands. Compared with other carbon reduction technologies, peatland restoration brings significant levels of carbon savings at a moderate cost. That make the conservation and restoration in interesting case for carbon financing, creating carbon credits. With sustainable management, also called paludiculture, these wet peatlands can be a source for producing biofeedstocks. In this masterclass we try to understand what kind of novel crops suit wetter ways of farming.

    With Hans Schutte strategist at Wetlands International we discuss opportunities for biomass mobilisation in peatland restoration how to structure local governance and creating public acceptance with clear environmental assessment methods.

    Take a look at the  IUCN UK peatland strategyas a good example of co-ordinated large-scale action to conserve and restore peatlands


      Registration Masterclass 2: Bio-feedstocks from 'wetter ways of farming' of BioMob Innovation Course'

      Dear madam, dear sir,

      Hereby I would like to register for 2nd Masterclass Bio-feedstocks from 'wetter ways of farming' of the Biomass Mobilisation Innovation Course, 18 May, 2-5pm CET

      Background on the Biomass Mobilization Innovation and Strategy Course

      Scaling up sustainable bio-feedstock supply chains is a big challenge for many companies and organisations in the transition to the circular, bioeconomy. This is touching on different parts and dimensions of innovation. It is about identifying bio-feedstock potential that do not harm -or strengthen- biodiversity and contribute to carbon sequestration, logistic challenges, transparency, technical innovations and cooperation.

      In 4 masterclasses you will examine how to identify and develop sustainable bio-feedstock supply chains for biorefinery.


      During the course you focus on different approaches for biomass mobilisation and dimensions of innovation such as governance, logistics, commodities, policies, revenue models.
      Understanding how to develop value together with (local) stakeholders. Innovative concepts for intermediate products, commoditisation for biorefinery technology platforms, including certification and logistics.

      More information on the full course, consisting of 4 Masterclasses is found here.

      • Date 10/05/2021
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