Benefits & Advantages
Primary Strategic Benefits of Nile Fiber™
Risk Reduction with Brand Name – Trade Marked, Proprietary Cultivars
Distinguishable cultivar – Easily controlled and identified outside of a cultivated field
Superior Proven Propagation Methodologies – Exponential replication rates at low costs
Elite cultivars – Selected for specialized performance in unique environments and focused end uses
Diverse genetic complement of cultivars and ecotypes - Greatly reduces pressure from pathogens and environmental stresses
Perennial lifespan of plant – Requires planting only once every 20-30 years
Low impact - Self-sustaining, Carbon negative approach utilizing proprietary and patented systems ensuring robust growth, consistent yields and superior performance, year after year
Strategic AdvantagesNile Fiber™
Nile Fiber™ is a perennial member of the grass family and has an appearance somewhat like corn or sugar cane. Nile Fiber™ reaches maturity in one year, can be harvested annually, and produces usable biomass at a rate more than 25 times that of timber. Over 20,000 plants can be grown in a standard acre of land. This results in carbon dioxide reduction (carbon sequestration) rates 25 times greater than forest for the same land area. Nile Fiber™ is extremely hardy, has no natural enemies, grows with as little as twenty-five inches of water per year and in poor soils without fertilizer. The plant flourishes in warm climates and is a very efficient converter of the sun's radiation into biomass.
Once planted, Nile Fiber™ grows prolifically. This incredible growth rate makes this cultivar a remarkable option for a fast rate of return, sustainable biomass option. Mature stalks grow to an average height of twenty feet and an average diameter of one inch.
At the end of the growing season, plants are harvested in the same manner as sugar cane. After being cut, Nile Fiber™ plants will continue to grow new plants each year from their rhizomes and do not have to be replanted. Nile Fiber™ cane stalks can be processed and chipped at the harvest site, saving the additional costs to haul and process the crop at a separate facility. The stalks and leaves have a naturally occurring coat of wax that repels moisture and protects the plant from deteriorating during storage.
The Advantage of Nile Fiber™ Cane
Nile Fiber™ has a distinct advantage over other non-wood fibers because it can be processed in all types of existing chemical wood pulping facilities (Kraft, Sulfite, Soda and CTMP and TMP) without facility modifications. Our ongoing research and testing continue to uncover new cost- and time-saving technical procedures unique to the Nile Fiber™ pulping process, such as a lower bleaching requirement and less digestion time. This work is protected by multiple patents and patents pending worldwide.
The Benefits of Nile Fiber™
Due to its rapid growth of 4-6 inches per day in the growing season, Nile Fiber™ is one of the most efficient plants available for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and “fixing” it into plant tissue, above and below ground. This process is known as carbon sequestration, and is fundamental to the mitigation of global climate change currently induced by excessive combustion of fossil fuels.
TreeFree is forging relationships with governments, communities, universities, and private companies to confirm and further develop Nile Fiber™ as a critical part of the solution to energy dependency. Nile Fiber™ can replace fossil fuels, protect, enhance and sustain the environment and provide economic development opportunities for rural communities.
TreeFree Elite Proprietary Cultivars
Our specially selected cultivars ensure specialized performance in unique environments with focused end uses. We focus on the less discussed topic of Somaclonal variation and its negative effects on biomass crops.
Utilization of Non-GMO cultivars and avoidance of laboratory tissue/callus culture propagation methods is the cornerstone of our business and strategy. Low-cost, rapid propagation of select varieties coupled with site-specific cultivar selection makes our crops successful. Organic selection and cultivation of the most elite cultivars guarantees high performance.
Biomass vs Trees as a usable feedstock
50,000 acres of Nile Fiber™ produce as much usable biomass as 1,250,000 acres of trees per year. The current and best-performing agricultural source of any biomass produces at less than 40% the rate of Nile Fiber™.