Foundation of PROGRASS

PROGRASS: Developing a holistic, interdisciplinary approach for an “Integrated Biomass and Carbon Management” – IBCM

While the RE-DIRECT project is nearing its end, there is still a lot of work ahead for many partners and numerous new stakeholders. In order to continue to pursue the findings from the project and the steps that have been started and to actually establish circular economies, several institutions have now come together as an association to continue to pursue this goal together even after RE-DIRECT:

PROGRASS – The European Network for a Circular Carbon Economy

Find out more about the new PROGRASS association via this link:


Smart use of Biomass for Alternative Carbon Products – The video

Based on innovative European Research and Development projects the our European network has developed a unique approach to use waste biomass for alternative carbon products.

We have been collaborating since 2008 and gained profound experiences both on scientific and practical levels.

The video below explains our approach and outlines our development strategies and potentials.

Dont hesitate to contact us via our PROGRASS network site.

May 2017

Capacity Building questionnaires have been set up and distributed to the partners including stakeholder analysis, information on best capacity building formats and competence portfolio.

The questionnaires will be used as first step of a Delphi Study design to forcast the regional developments.

January 2017 – Kick-Off and Excursion

The kick-off meeting in Bonn in January 2017 officially inaugurated the project activities. The meeting served to get to know to each other and to the project activities ahead, and to plan the subsequent steps in detail.


The highlight of the project Kick-off meeting was the visit of the company PYREG in Dörth, Germany. PYREG is a German manufacturer of small decentralised dry carbonisation units and one of the potential manufacturers for the investments during the project.

All project participants were impressed by the presentation about the PYREG technology to convert biomass to charcoal. The existing Pyreg plant, the Pyreg 500, can convert roundabout 1400 t of Biomass a year into 300 t of Biochar. The technique used is a continuous process of dry carbonisation. The biomass is heated up to 550 – 600°C in a low oxygen surrounding and gasified. The gases are burned in a FLOX (flameless oxidation) combustion chamber, without the formation of tars and condensates.

Future collaboration during the project is envisaged in form of investment plans and joint research activities