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Energy plant encyclopedia

Glossary

Biomass

All renewable organic materials that form a plant and can be finally utilized are summarized under biomass. In the general language use, this mainly means wood – from an energy forest, of course. However, the Miscanthus (elephant grass) or Sida east crops naturally belong to biomass and, as such, can be used for power generation or heating. Other biomass uses are: Utilizing landscape trees […]

China grass

(See also under Chinese reed) The name “Chinese grass” or “Chinese reed” is mostly used to describe the ornamental varieties of the Miscanthus genus. In agriculture, we practically always find Miscanthus x giganteus (also: Miscanthus sinensis giganteus), while in garden design, we can usually see the most varieties of Miscanthus sinensis, such as Zebrinus, Variegatis, Strictus, […]

Chinese reed

(See also under Chinese reed) The name “Chinese grass” or “Chinese reed” is mostly used to describe the ornamental varietiesof the Miscanthus genus. In agriculture, we practically always find Miscanthus x giganteus (also: Miscanthus sinensis giganteus), while in garden design, we can usually see the most varieties of Miscanthus sinensis, such as Zebrinus, Variegatis, Strictus, Small Fountain, Great Fountain, Small Silver Spider, […]

Chips

(See also Wood Chips) Producing wood chips from energy wood in short rotation faces two fundamental challenges: Fine or bark content in wood chips Water content Exactly, the bark content in willows in short rotation is relatively high, which decreases the quality of goods. Basically, the bark content reduces in total wood chips, the thicker the trunks are in […]

Cultivating elephant grass

(See also under Cultivating Miscanthus) Elephant grass is usually cultivated in spring, between early April and late May, depending on the region and climate. Planting in autumn is also possible, but, for the area that is still managed at the moment and planted in Europe, the logistics is quite possible in spring. Fine crumbling of […]

Cultivating Miscanthus

Preparations for Miscanthus cultivation To prepare the field for planting, you should plow it at least 20 cm deeply in autumn. It is important to ensure that no large organic masses comes from pre-culture, because the released nitrogen delays ripening in autumn. Annual Miscanthus plants start storing nutrients in the rhizomes very late in autumn, […]

Cultivating Miscanthus grass

(See also under Cultivating Elephant grass) Elephant grass is usually cultivated in spring, between early April and late May, depending on the region and climate. Planting in autumn is also possible, but, for the area that is still managed at the moment and planted in Europe, the logistics is quite possible in spring. Fine crumbling […]

Elefantgrass heating

If you want to heat with elephant grass, there are some more technical challenges. However, if you meet the most important parameters, such as moving grate, special stainless coating of the combustion chamber (Nirosta), and large storage spaces, then you can readily heat with elephant grass. In Austria, there is now a number of boiler manufacturers that can be heated […]

Elephant grass

In the opinion of some people, elephant grass is a misguided notion, but it has been established in agriculture for Miscanthus x giganteus. However, Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum), the “real” elephant grass that is cultivated mainly in Africa, has nothing to do with this species. When we speak about elephant grass that has been cultivated in Europe for some […]

Elephant grass

In the opinion of some people, elephant grass is a misguided notion, but it has been established in agriculture for Miscanthus x giganteus. However, Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum), the “real” elephant grass that is cultivated mainly in Africa, has nothing to do with this species. When we speak about elephant grass that has been cultivated […]

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