Strategic Environmental Benefits of NileFiber™
Phytoremediation and soil detoxifier – NileFiber sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and phytoremediates 15 times faster per acre per year than any known plant or tree.
Virtually eliminates soil erosion – Soil mass is bound tightly by NileFiber's highly developed fibrous root system.
No tilling or disruption of the soil – After initial planting of NileFiber the only mechanized component is crop gathering with a low ground pressure forage harvester.
Minimal chemical inputs – NileFiber does not require pesticides or fungicides and has low fertilizer requirements – fertilizer applications are less than half that of conventional crops.
Creates wildlife habitat – Minimal disruption and long duration between harvests creates habitats for migratory birds.
Reduces potential for drought – Green belts cool the surface and draw moist cover from clouds increasing rainfall.
Creates new soil – Growing NileFiber creates new soil particles and increases soil depth and matrix over time.
Oxygenates the air and purifies the atmosphere – High metabolism of NileFiber loads the environment with oxygen and reduces dusts and pollen.
NileFiber is truly a remarkable plant. It is a perennial grass that grows so vigorously it can be harvested annually. When grown as a crop it drastically reduces soil erosion compared to annual crops because annual plowing and seeding are not necessary. It also returns essential nutrients to the soil. NileFiber is a fast growing grass that proliferates during the warm seasons of the year. During colder months it becomes dormant and in this state is able to survive temperatures well below freezing.
Superfund or Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) is a United States federal law designed to clean up sites contaminated with hazardous substances as well as broadly defined "pollutants or contaminants". Superfund also gives authority to federal natural resource agencies, states and Indian tribes to recover natural resource damages caused by releases of hazardous substances.
CleanSweep™ - NileFiber can be used for the Phytoremediation of contaminated soils and water. Other toxins found in the soil of landfills can be cleansed by planting NileFiber. NileFiber, through a process called photosynthesis, converts massive amounts of carbon dioxide into life enhancing oxygen.
Carbon Credits - Phytoremediation and Air clean-up - NileFiber carbon sequesters and phytoremediates 15 times faster per acre per year than trees because of its mass per acre and its growth rate of 3” per day during growing season.
Since the NileFiber plants produce a very robust stock or cane, carbon credits positively affect the overall financial yield on a per acre basis. TreeFree has determined that the average per acre yield of NileFiber is 30 dry tons per acre. This number comes from the five year research test plot TreeFree planted at the Washington State University Agricultural Research Center located at Prosser, WA. The test plot attained approximately 40 tons per acre in one harvest per year. (TreeFree results from studies done with University of Washington, Washington State University, and Auburn University).
The amount of carbon credits earned is reflective of how much carbon dioxide is sequestered, and the amount of sequestration is a result of yield per acre.
NileFiber is one of the most efficient users of photosynthesis. A major attribute of NileFiber is that it can be harvested year round. This lends to the ability of the crop to produce additional carbon credits as most of the crop can remain in field, generating carbon credits.