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.

Also in the team is Foluke Quist-Wessel, an agronomist with 20 years of field experience in food and wood industries around the world. Foluke has worked in Europe, China, Salomon islands, Honduras and Africa. For a period of 15 years, she worked as scientist for Wageningen University and Research Center, Biomass Research and AgriQuest – a company she founded and leads. Foluke also works as reviewer of research proposals for the Horizon2020 program of the European Commission.
Foluke has a drive to contribute to the development of sustainable cropping systems and optimal use of biomass. She worked in multi-disciplinary projects in international cooperation and rural development and has a profound understanding of commercial and socio-economic issues related to overall development and successful adaptation of technology. She combines this field experience with analytical and research skills. Her expertise includes sustainable land use, value chain development, valorisation of agro-residues, certification standards, and procedures and gender issues.

Maartje Gortworst, also part of the team, has a background in humanities and social sciences with a long experience in website design and maintenance, database development and online tools. She worked for various companies including Biomass Research, and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the company website, use of online tools such as SurveyMonkey, and social media. Maartje has extensive experience in setting up, implementing and processing (online) questionnaires and reports, and supports numerous other Biomass Research projects.

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 calculations