- Also Known as Elephant Grass
- S Crop with multiple uses, such as biofuels, bedding, cover crop and for plastics and nanocellulose
- One acre of it yields 3 tons dry biomass per acre under typical US agricultural practices
- 'Per hectare, this dry matter yield has an energy equivalent of 36 barrels of crude oil or about 10000 liters of fuel oil
- Miscanthus does not require fertilizer, and is insensitive to diseases
- It does not need to be replanted every year (once planted, it lasts 20 years).
(A) Miscanthus crop; (B) Miscanthus grass grown as bio-fuel, height is about 6-7ft.; (C) Harvesting; (D) Miscanthus bales being transported for biofuel production.
Miscanthus can be processed to (cellulosic) ethanol. It can also be turned into other biofuels via Gassification and/or Pyrolysis
Open Source Equipment Needs
- Tractor (tilling, harvesting)
- Special implements for harvesting
- Baling machine