GRowing Advanced industrial Crops on marginal lands for biorEfineries - GRACE

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Funding

  • Horizon 2020 -European Commission: £939,261.88

Funder Project Reference(s)

H2020-BBI-JTI-2016-745012
Effective start/end date01 Jun 201731 May 2022

Description

The GRACE project will explore the potential of the non-food industrial crops miscanthus and hemp as a source of biomass for the bio-economy. Both miscanthus and hemp are relatively under-exploited, but offer an interesting business opportunity for farmers and industry. When cultivated on marginal, contaminated or unused/abandoned land, the impacts on food security can be minimized, and the potential introduction of pollutants into the food chain can be prevented.

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.