BIOBASED 091

Cabomba natural fibre

The Dutch Lake District is expected to experience explosive growth in waterweed and Cabomba (fanwort). Waternet currently plans on intensive mowing in the coming years. The volume of dry plant material generated (5000 kg per mowing session per hectare) is too large to leave behind or to remove by road. Therefore, Waternet is studying how to deal with it to maximise sustainable use, either as biofuel or as raw material for sustainable products. Cityblob and NPSP are working with Waternet on a pilot project leading to the construction of various high-tech biocomposite pavilions.
BIOBASED 122

From agro-waste to high-end product

Agricultural waste as natural resource for industrial products. Good industrial solutions are required by developing countries heavily dependent on agriculture. Agricultural waste could be converted into engineering goods and building elements, providing farmers with often desperately needed additional income. This raw material is sustainable and biodegradable: the true way to go forward.
BIOBASED 118

Eco-friendly sanitary facilities, Orissa, India

The goal of the project is to develop an innovative integral solution for safe off-grid drinking water and sanitation at primary schools in rural India. The project will focus on a low-cost prefabricated modular ‘plug and play’ system that can easily be installed and is designed according to the specific needs and demands of rural schoolchildren. The different building elements will be made of natural fibre composites.