About Us

Our team has been involved in numerous international projects at all levels, working with farmers, private companies, NGO’s, ministries and international organisations (European Commission, FAO, IEA Bioenergy).

Biomass Research was founded by Hans Langeveld in 2008. After a career of 20 years in academic research, Hans wanted to work more closely with policy and commercial applications. He picked up the challenge and developed a unique profile both for himself and for the company.
Hans has over thirty years of experience in sustainable crop production, residue valorisation, bioenergy, and development of biobased alternatives based on agricultural and food industry residues. He was involved in the design, management and evaluation of projects aiming to develop options for bioenergy and biobased production in many parts of the world, including Europe, USA, Latin America, and Africa. His main focus is on biomass residues (availability, composition, conversion) and identification of barriers for effective and successful production chain development.

Recent graduate from Wageningen University, Laura Laroche has a background in sustainable land management. She is a soil scientist with an expertise in soil biology, composts, soil restoration and regenerative agriculture. Within the team, Laura is focusing on compost literature research and helps with practical tasks.

Golaleh Ghaffari has an academic research background in Watershed Management Engineering. During her PhD, she specialized in hydrological response modelling and sustainable land use. She has worked on different projects in Iran and Europe. She has over 16 years of experience in catchment simulation, hydrology, floodplain management, geographic information systems, remote sensing, geostatistic, regional planning and soil and water management modeling. Golaleh is focusing on data collection, analysis and project implementation. She also supports the team in practical and administrative tasks.

Fiona Loomis  is currently finishing her Master’s in Resilient Farming and Food Systems at Wageningen University. She has experience working in multiple sectors of food systems, and takes keen interest in creating cities where fresh and sustainably-produced food is available to all. She is currently working on a Master’s thesis researching the impacts of urban agriculture in Paris, France on local residents. Previously, she conducted research on human-environment relations in urban farming in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and new, more inclusive methods of promoting urban farming in Portland, Oregon.  She is fluent in French, English, and Dutch, and has extensive experience qualitative research, project planning, and communication. Her international experience and her social sciences training make her an excellent communicator, a motivated project manager, and bring diverse perspectives into her work as content creator and assistant at Biomass Research.  

Manisha Lamichhane (MSc.), an agriculturalist and soil researcher, has a keen interest in soil-water interactions, soil fertility and nutrient management and an enthusiasm for developing tools and innovative concepts to support nutrient management research. Her past research experience includes phosphorus fertilizer management in cauliflower, ecofriendly aphid control in rapeseed and nitrogen management in maize and radish. She has 3 years of experience working as an Agriculture Development Officer in Nepal. At Biomass Research, Manisha is working on organic fertilizer valorisation projects in Africa. She is focusing on data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Asher Lazarus holds a BSc in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis and an MSc in Climate Studies from Wageningen University. He has experience living and working internationally, and his past projects have involved integrated quantiative and qualitative analyses of climate risks to agriculture and water management. He is keen to apply his unique perspective to work towards equitable solutions at the food-water-energy nexus.

About Our Work

What we do

Biomass Research focuses on research and advice on the development and evaluation of biobased and bioenergy production.

Our activities include:

  • land use change assessments
  • biomass and residue inventarisation
  • carbon debt analysis
  • market analysis and chain development
  • sustainability evaluation and certification advice
  • decentral bioenergy production development

Some of our clients

  • IEA Bioenergy
  • Food industry
  • European Commission
  • Ministry of Economic affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (NL)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
  • Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency (PBL)
  • Wageningen University and Research Centre


Biomass Research frequently collaborates with other professionals and companies.

Some of our products and projects

  • Optimal stover removal rate for lignocellulosic ethanol production 
  • Overview paper on the impacts of SRC introduction in Europe 
  • Evaluating the performance of decentral coffee bioenergy production in Honduras 
  • Inventory of biobased options from crop and industrial residues  
  • EU inventory project ‘Impacts of Renewable Energy’
  • Market analysis for biobased products from the potato industry
  • Bioenergy alongside other land use options (IEA Bioenergy Task43)
  • Development of smallscale decentralised ethanol production units for Indonesia
  • Sustainability assessment of biomass production (NTA8080, RFA, other)
  • Analysis of indirect land use change (iLUC) of biofuels, fossil fuels
  • Designing sustainable and profitable systems
  • Development of innovative decentralised bioenergy production
  • Project coordination and management
  • Book: The Biobased economy. Biofuels, materials and chemicals in the post-oil era (www.earthscan.co.uk)
  • Sustainability Quick Scan
  • CEN TC383 working group developing an international standard for
  • GHG emission reduction calculation