Who we are and what we do?

STERCORE was founded in 2016 by Richard Kusters and Hans Jansen.

STERCORE was founded specifically to provide added value to the end user based on the knowledge, technologies and practices we have developed over the past 25 years.
We do this by producing sustainable, high-quality end products from renewable raw materials, such as: animal manure, digestate from co-fermentation and other organic waste streams.
STERCORE's main activity is to produce the sustainable, high-quality end products Bio-Based Carbon - as a high-quality substitute for artificial fertiliser and soil improver - and green gas as a substitute for fossil fuels.

STERCORE makes it possible to produce renewable energy on a commercial basis without the use of SDE subsidies. The energy yield of one STERCORE plant (approx. 23-25 million M3 green gas) is approx. 739 Terra Joule (= approx. 0.739 PJ). This yield is equivalent to hundreds of hectares of solar panels on good agricultural land! The initiative therefore fits perfectly within the RES (Regional Energy Strategy), but also within the government's objectives to generate at least 2 PJ of sustainable energy from biomass by 2030.

STERCORE sees fresh, thickened and dry manure as a valuable and necessary raw material for producing high-quality Bio-Based Carbon. This enables STERCORE to charge better than usual rates for its manure suppliers.

Sustainable process
To produce green gas, STERCORE uses a technically innovative and sustainable catalytic process, among other things. This is an energy-positive process that is fully electrified and preferably uses only sustainably generated energy. No waste is produced during the process and the process water is fully recycled.
In addition, STERCORE produces liquid CO2 and heat for various applications.

STERCORE has conducted a highly detailed "Strategic Value Creation, Sustainable Development Goals benchmark" (SDG) and a Green House Gas (GHG) & Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study to prove its own climate impact.

The reported results reflect the enormous climate impact of the 1st STERCORE Bio-Based Carbon and Green Gas plant in Emmen. This research was carried out by the independent organisation New.Economy and will be repeated and certified every 3 years.

Short summary: Depending partly on the calculation method, the CO2-eq. avoided by one STERCORE plant amounts to about -225,000 to -345,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

The total CO2 emissions in Drenthe in 2020 amount to 3,254,600 tonnes: the CO2 avoided by STERCORE for Drenthe can therefore easily amount to approx. 10%!

ATTENTION: these results are specifically attributable to the entire STERCORE process and do NOT apply to other pyrolysis / gasification projects or to pyrolysis / gasification plants only!

Goals are to contribute to:

  • Climate
  • Environment
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy transition
  • Reducing the cost price of bioenergy
  • Issue of manure