Miscanthus grass as a sustainable source of cellulose

Gertjan de Jong, MISCQ, Zwanenburg, The Netherlands

Challenge area: Cellulose-based alternatives to synthetics

Miscanthus grass could be a game changer in the use of cellulose to replace oil-based equivalents. High yielding and fast growing, this non-food crop is fully grown in 2-3 years, and reaches 3-4 meters in height within a year. This grass is removed from the ground dry: with no additional processes required, it can be used immediately.

A highly sustainable crop that can be harvested for up to 30 years, studies prove miscanthus' biological value. Already in use to deter nuisance geese from Schipol Airport, the grass also captures fine dust, is sound resistant, increases biodiversity and absorbs 4x more CO2 than trees.

Miscanthus cellulose is a bio-based innovation for a range of needs. It provides a stable, anti-allergenic bedding solution thanks to its high dust absorbency. In construction, it can be used as an effective sound and heat insulator. Made into pellets or briquettes, it can be burnt as an energy source, or in its raw form, used in agriculture as tribe stimulation in animal feed.

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