SMP 2105 Cowdung based biobased composites for sustainable products (BO-69-002-024)

  • Schennink, Gerald (Project Leader)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


The Netherlands has a very organized and centralized system of Dairy that is highly efficient in its milk and meat production. But being a small nation with high concentration of cows, this excess cow dung has led to:

- GHG emissions from surplus cow dung produced in the Netherlands and collected as slurry

- Nitrates and phosphates polluting the groundwater

- Livestock feed accounts for >70% of the agriculture produce leading to high protein diet for cows which inturn leads to more nitrogen in the dung

- Reducing the size of their livestock may be the only way to handle surplus cow dung if we don't find urgent cleantech innovations for it

If through a material innovation, we can utilize the surplus cow dung and generate value added products like sustainable material composites and/or finished products, it can fuel the circular economy in both the Netherlands and India.

Effective start/end date1/01/2131/12/21