The focused crop type at the event was the Sugar Beet.
The key topics for discussion and presentation for Sugar Beet for Ethanol were the potential for ethanol from sugar beet, the sugar beets as building block in chemical industry and the sustainability of sugar beet as a bio based crop. In this frame some ideas as Gaps and Challenges were mentioned pointing out considering sugar beet as 1st generation energy crop, highlighting that sugar beets cannot deliver year round because storage is difficult and stressing that sugar beet is not yet accepted by industry as an industrial, non-food crop.
But also some Innovative Non-food crops (NFCs) Ideas were drawn by participants:
- Sugar beet is a sustainable crop, compared to other crops used for bio-ethanol, and can serve as a good alternative for fossil fuels.
- Good technologies are already available.
- Sugar beet can also be used as a renewable resource for ethylene.
- Sugar beet is an interesting crop in the crop rotation of farmers
The slides of the event’s presentations can be found at: http://www.acrres.nl/verslag-seminar-biethanol-4-juli/
During the event we used the online tool Mentimeter in order to generate discussion and ask questions to the audience. The visitors can use ther smart phones or laptops to respond. The results can be found at, http://www.panacea-h2020.eu per question.