Tall wheatgrass as energy crop for marginal areas has being testes enough to be consider in large scale projects to feed biomass facilities.
When we started looking for new energy crops we never imagined that emissions and energy balances had to be so important for sustainability. Tall wheatgrass (Elytrigia elongata) is orginal from Eurasia and was brought to United States and Argentina many decades ago. Its low digestibility and high drought and low pH tolerance encouraged us to investigate seriously and develop the crop as new feedstock grass for semiarid temperate areas worldwide.
Now in several regions the crop has been evaluated as one of the best promises as raw material for electricity in marginal areas. Higher latitudes and semiarid lands in Northern Europe, North Dakota in United States and Argentina have obtained even better results compared to the well reputed Switchgrass as energy crop for biofuel production with high environmental benefits.
Tall wheatgrass is better prepared for aridity, summer severe droughts as occur in many regions from Ushuaia to Canada or in Southern and Eastern European countries. Our consultants have been involved in sound research regarding this crop as a novel energy grass to provide sustainable, stable and cheap biomass in many marginal regions where many other crops just failed.
Our services include:
- Agronomic advice, fertilization improvement, varieties, monitoring and crop management for site-specific conditions
- Biomass and pulp projects development in Latin America, Northamerica and Europe
- Advice on harvesting methods to improve bale for heat/electricity and bioethanol processing requirements. Cost reductions from planting to energy uses.
- Direct sowing techniques for semiarid regions
- Logistic chain optimization and software development
- Environmental impacts and life cycle assessments. Biodiversity evaluations.
- Agronomic and economic models
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