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Het GR3-project wordt mogelijk gemaakt door de samenwerking tussen volgende partners:

Pro Natura
University of Gent
Hogeschool PXL


Veneto Agricoltura
University of Verona


University of Southern Denmark

Coordinator: DLV BelgiumLogo DLV

DLV Belgium is specialised in the advice and business development for agricultural, para-agricultural and companies in related sectors. In the sector of renewable energy through digestion DLV Belgium is a market leader with regards to environmental and construction consulting.

The consultants and engineers of DLV Belgium have a lot of practical knowledge, experience and know-how regarding the agricultural sector (livestock, agriculture and horticulture) and related sectors such as animal feed industry, digesters, manure processing, food industry, slaughterhouses and waste management. DLV Belgium advises and assists its clients in the overall development, the change or the growth of their company and the entrepreneur in making important decisions (strategy development). DLV experts are mainly active in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland and Croatia. The specialties are divided into different knowledge groups (Business Units):

  • Environment (environmental and manure advice, licenses)
  • Construction (construction consultancy and architect contracts, licenses)
  • Energy (especially innovative forms of energy, biogas, PPO, solar panels)
  • Quality (Quality and Food Safety: GMP, ISO 22000, BRC, IFS, HACCP, ...)
  • Accountancy and Strategy (accounting, tax, operational and strategic advice and advice on acquisitions)
  • Production (optimizing operations with respect to crops)
  • Soil (advice in connection with soil pollution and remediation)

Lies Bamelis

Karolien Borghgraef

Filip Raymaekers


Pro Natura (Belgium)

Pro Natura is a Belgian social employment enterprise which provides environmental services for municipalities, public bodies and enterprises. For our customers, we perform the ecologically sound management of public green spaces such as municipal roadsides, natural reserves, public parks,... and distinguishes ourselves by our double mission: creating employment opportunities and enhancing the ecological value of local nature. We deliver our services through small teams consisting of workers who have a low employability profile. Pro Natura has a tradition of innovations which combine employment generation and vocational training for underprivileged groups with ecological goals. One of these is to incorporate social employment into the production chain of green energy from biomass.

Tom Depuydt

Johan De Beule


University of Gent (Belgium)

Ghent University (hereafter UGent) is one of the foremost academic institutions for higher education and scientific research in Belgium. UGent is represented in this project by the research team of Prof. E. Meers from the Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry and Applied Ecochemistry (ECOCHEM). Ecochem has a very distinct focus on International collaboration, with European networking as one of the pillars of its success. UGent participates in many national and international projects and can therefore rely on extensive experience in European networking and dissemination of industrially applied environmental innovations.

Erik Meers

Reinhart Van Poucke


University of Southern Denmarkuniversity southern denmark

The Danish partner involved in this study is University of Southern Denmark (SDU), represented by the Life Cycle Group at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology (KBM). SDU, with campuses located in the southwestern part of Denmark, is a research and educational institution with deep regional roots and an international outlook.
The Life Cycle Group, headed by Professor Henrik Wenzel, has a wide system analysis expertise as well as a large expertise on the environmental aspects of manure management systems, bioenergy systems, renewable energy systems, waste management and land use changes, among others. The senior scientists involved are Dr. Lorie Hamelin and Professor Henrik Wenzel.

Lorie Hamelin


IBBK (Germany)

The The International Biogas and Bioenergy Centre of Competence (IBBK) is an amalgamation and network of experts and companies, as well as interest groups and educational institutes in the field of biogas and bioenergy production as well as recycling technologies. The work of the IBBK covers regional, national and international activities. The Competence Centre is setting up an additional impulse beyond the traditional lobby work and is successfully covering the growing demand for independent, neutral know how transfer of specific information in the field of biogas and bioenergy production as well as recycling technologies. The main emphasis is in educational, project and consulting work.

Michael Köttner

Achim Kaiser


Inagro (Belgium)

Inagro’s ambition is to be a lead knowledge center on agriculture through applied scientific research. We aim to distribute independent and objective information to agro-professionals, the community and different policy levels. The main topics Inagro works on are feed, food, fuel, fibre, biodiversity and biorefinery. Quality and innovation are within this context our priorities.

Bart Ryckaert

Willem Boeve


LNEG (Portugal)

The Energy and Geology National Laboratory (LNEG) carries out research, testing and technological development in the areas of Energy and Geology. The mission is to promote technological innovation focused on science and technology, aiming raising competitiveness within a framework of sustainable economic progress.

LNEG’s activities can be aggregated in three distinct areas:

  • Financed R&D Projects, integrated on European Union Support Programs, and Technological Research and Development Programs.
  • Specialized services to private and public sector.
  • Direct scientific and technological support to the state in its international representation, tailored to specific sector’s policies.

The LNEG´s activity in energy area are focused on: endogenous renewable energy resources (er), energy efficiency (ee) and innovative and strategic technologies for sustainable energy

Santino Di Berardino


Veneto Agricoluta (Italy)

"Veneto Agricoltura" is the Veneto Region Agency aimed at promoting and carrying out interventions for the modernisation of farms and agro-forestry soil conservation, as well as making the best effective use of agricultural land, the development of aquaculture and fisheries, in particular concerning research, experimental trials and support of the market. Veneto Agricoltura encourages innovation, promoting  agriculture and providing specialist services for the enhancement and commercialisation of typical regional products. It organises and promotes food quality certification, supports applied research, experimental trials and agricultural training, encouraging a better use of environmental resources. Moreover, Veneto Agricoltura is specially dedicated to the safeguarding and the preservation of biodiversity through the management of regional forest nurseries, nature reserves and state forests.

Frederico Correale


University of Verona (Italy)

The Department of Biotechnology of the University of Verona has a successful record of fulfilling and managing EU research contracts. Some 50 people make up the permanent staff of the department, which has a large postgraduate population of research fellows, assistants and contract researchers representing 80% of researchers employed in the Department. Two PhD courses, in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology and Applied Biotechnology, are part of the department's postgraduate program. The Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group of the Department is a leader in the sectors of wastewater treatment and biowaste and sludge management. Prof Franco Cecchi, Dr David Bolzonella and Dr Francesco Fatone, are the permanent staff of the group. The R&D activity of the group deals with the chemical engineering, biotechnology and (bio)processes for the environmental protection (mainly: organic waste and wastewater treatment) and production of renewable energy.

David Bolzonella


IZES (Germany)

The IZES gGmbH was founded as an associated institute to the University of Applied Sciences Saarbruecken. After merging with the Energy Agency of the Saarland (later AZES GmbH), IZES is operating as a non-profit organisation/limited. IZES is advising, accompanying and carrying out activities to initiate, devise and realise innovative measures for rational energy use and for the application of renewable energies. Here, energy technology, energy market and material flow related topics are analysed in an integrated and systematic manner. The department Material Flow Management under the leadership of Prof Frank Baur is addressing bioenergy production and utilisation, waste and resource management and material based process and utilisation chains in the context of sustainability and climate protection. The activities comprise of the development of regional and transnational bioenergy strategies, biomass master plans, zero-emission-strategies, material flow management concepts and life cycle assessment and inventories. Therefore the focus is attributed to the initiation, management, scientific review and monitoring and realisation of regional projects; and the development and implementation of national, but also bi- and tri-national, stakeholder networks. The systemic oriented research approach concentrates especially on the analysis of effects and interrelations of technologies and measures within defined system boundaries, as for instance competitions in usage occurring from the utilisation of renewable raw materials.

Katharina Laub

Beate Fassbender


Hogeschool PXL (Belgium)

PXL Research has experience in applied research in nature environmental management. PXL Research participates in European and national applied research programmes and is especially active in joined projects of private and public stakeholders. PXL Research works in close operation with the Centre for Environmental Sciences of the University of Hasselt. Data collection, characterisation of vegetation, data interpretation, analysis of chemical composition, biogas and methane assessment from grass types vegetation and benefit-cost analysis are tasks that are currently performed in the research group. It has experience in gathering accurate, quantifiable data of biomass production from landscape, roadside, waterways and green management.

Alain De Vocht

Ramon Pasmans