University of Kassel - Department of Grassland Science and Renewable Plant Resources (GNR)

The Department of Grassland Science and Renewable Plant Resources (GNR) is a research and teaching unit within the Faculty or Organic Agricultural Science of the University of Kassel. For many years it concentrated on various aspects of the most important conversion techniques of agricultural biomass, i.e. anaerobic digestion and combustion. GNR publishes in international, highly-ranked scientific journals and frequently presents its results on many national and international conferences.

For the goals of DANUBENERGY GNR is an essential partner with a unique profile, as it developed the scientific basis of the IFBB process for the production of high-quality biofuels of highly-lignified biomasses from agriculture and landscape management and provides the necessary knowledge on all technical and environmental aspects of the concept. GNR also has an adequate methodological know-how to conduct the necessary investigations within DANUBENERGY.

GNR co-ordinated the trans-disciplinary European project PROGRASS, which aims at the initial development of an IFBB prototype and its investigation and demonstration. GNR will bring in all experience gained in the project and provides an extended network of relevant stakeholders in the arena of DANUBENERGY.

GNR provides the necessary research infrastructure, i.e. a laboratory for anaerobic digestion (batch technique) and analytical devices to run the necessary tests for the preparation of the feasibility and sustainability studies within DANUBENERGY. It intensively co-operates with the Waste Management unit of the University of Kassel, which will run the small-scale combustion tests in its laboratories. This unit has the necessary experience with the combustion of IFBB fuels and is capable to conduct these tests very efficiently.

The Institute will offer the mobile demonstration plant for the necessary works in DANUBENERGY and carry out the envisaged analytical works. It will also coordinate the WP3 demonstration.

Project Team:

Prof. Dr. Michael Wachendorf

Lutz Bühle

Frank Hensgen

Meike Piepenschneider

Leena Ferogh


Mönchebergstr. 19

34125 Kassel

Germany (Grassland Science and Renewable Plant Resources)