Nile Fiber™ Feedstock
Nile Fiber™ as an Energy Crop
Nile Fiber™ Chip Spec Sheet
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Nile Fiber™ Chip Specification
Nile Fiber™ Chips are chipped and screened with disk chippers on site in the field at time of harvest. Due to differing site locations the dimensions of chips may vary.
We offer two qualities of chips
1. Full Harvest Chip meaning the full harvest of the stalks and leaves are included. Ash content in the 5% range.
2. Screened Chip results in a refined quality chip with no fines or leaves and a reduced ash content of aprox. 2.5%
- Purpose / Fuel grade for combustion
-Wood specification / Nile Fiber ™ Cane Grass
-Chip Size specification / length 25.4mm to 76.2 mm / width 25.4mm to 76.2mm / density
3.175mm to 6.35mm
-Average moisture content (% +/-) 5% to 10%
-Wood density (wet and dry basis aprox.) same as above
-Weight / 1 cubic feet is 4.08233Kg
Sample chips are available upon request.
Call our offices at 206-246-6277
We comply with the The Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking (PCIT) system. This tracks the inspection of agricultural commodities and certifies compliance with plant health standards of importing countries.
1. Full Harvest Chip
Close up fresh harvest. Dimentions: 50.8mm x 12.7mm x 6.35mm
2. Screened Chip
Close up of Nile Fiber™ Chips. Dimentions: 50.8mm x 12.7mm x 6.35mm
Nile Fiber™ Biomass Feedstock Specification
Nile Fiber™ is a specialized cultivar of Arundo Donax cultivated by Treefree Biomass Solutions Inc. in Seattle WA. In Europe, Arundo Donax is considered the future champion of energy crops. Arundo Donax is a hardwood replacement and can be used in a multitude of industries from energy (for combustion purposes), pulp and paper, to composite building materials. Nile Fiber™ to the untrained eye most closely resembles Bamboo. TreeFree Biomass Solutions Inc. created a patent portfolio around Arundo Donax a specialized cultivar called Nile Fiber™ developed to supply a feedstock for the above industries. Nile Fiber™ can be substituted as a hard wood chip globally for export. Nile Fiber™ burns at 8000 BTU+ and can be used in most coal fire biomass facilities.
Nile Fiber™ is a tall, perennial C3 grass species in the subfamily Arundinoideae of the Poaceae family. The hollow stems, 3 to 5 cm thick, have a cane-like appearance similar to bamboo. Mature stands can reach a height up to 8 m. Stems produced during the first growing season are unbranched and photosynthetic. It is an asexually reproducing species due seed sterility. It needs to be established by vegetative propagation, due to a lack of viable seed production. Underground it produces an extensive network of large, but short rhizomes like bulbs, and fibrous tap roots.
Biofuels – Nile Fiber™
Nile Fiber™ is a strong candidate for use as a renewable biofuel source because of its fast growth rate, ability to grow in different soil types and climatic conditions. Nile Fiber™ will produces an average of three kilograms of biomass per square metre (18-30 tons per acre) once established. The energy density of the biomass produced is 17 MJ/Kg regardless of fertilizer usage.
Studies in the European Union have identified Arundo as the most productive and lowest impact of all energy biomass crops (see FAIR REPORT E.U. 2004). Nile Fiber’s™ ability to grow 20 to 25 years without replanting is also significant.