Fresh biomass is a form of biomass which is difficult to manage: it is perishable and has to be treated before further processing is possible. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has a great deal of experience with and knowledge of innovative processing technologies for this type of biomass.
By fresh biomass we mean biomass with a high water content, such as grass, leaves and clippings. Fresh biomass is often a side stream from the horticultural and food industries.
As fresh biomass is perishable, it is important to have an integrated approach across the chain. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research therefore focuses on processes which take into account the logistics specific to fresh biomass. An example of this is the production of fibres and fermentable sugars from roadside grass. We look not only at shelf life, but also at green building blocks (such as starch and fibre) and finished products (such as proteins and packaging) which we can make from fresh biomass.
The biorefining of fresh biomass is in the early stages of development: the products are still of a low quality and the processes are not very profitable. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research develops high-value and financially viable processes for fresh biomass. Our research will make organic acids, amino acids and phosphate, as well as specific chemical nutrients, available as new sustainable products from fresh biomass.