​Nile Fiber™ as an Energy Crop

Energy crops are produced with the express purpose of using their biomass energetically while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Biofuels derived from lignocellulose plant material represent an important renewable energy alternative to transportation fossil fuels. Perennial rhizomatous grasses (such as Nile Fiber™) display several positive attributes as energy crops. This is due to  their high productivity, low (no) demand for nutrient inputs consequent to the recycling of nutrients by their rhizomes, exceptional soil carbon sequestration (4 times that of switchgrass), ability to produce multiple products, adaptation to saline soils and saline water, and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses.

Nile Fiber™ has been recognized by experts worldwide as one of the most promising crops for energy production for the Mediterranean climate.  In this climate, Nile Fiber™  has shown advantages as an adapatable crop to the environment with durable yields and resistance to long drought periods. Several field studies have found beneficial impacts of Arundo Donax on the environment due to its minimal soil tillage and lack of use of fertilizers and pesticides. Furthermore, it offers protection against soil erosion, one of the most important land degradation processes in Mediterranean and US environments.

Nile Fiber™ bioenergy feedstock has an impressive potential for several conversion processes. Dried biomass has a direct combustion high heating value of 8000 BTUs/lb.  Screening studies on energy crops have been carried out by Universities in the US and EU to evaluate and identify the best management practices for maximizing biomass yields and assessing environmental impacts.

Nile Fiber™ shows great promise as a vehicle for economic development. TreeFree intends to create new jobs and economic growth through every stage of the value chain, from harvesting natural stands and agricultural farms of the crop, to pulping, papermaking and shipping. The Nile Group, Inc. points out that Nile Fiber™ cultivation "can bring new life to rural economies shattered by the demise of their original industries.”

Sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide Source: University of Washington

“A plantation of 100,000 acres of Nile Fiber™ the following numbers would apply.  At 30 tons per acre per year that plantation would annually fix about 4.8 million tons of CO2. 100,000 acres of Nile Fiber™ would sequester about 0.18% of all the CO2 generated from vehicle exhaust annually in the United States”

TFBS South Carolina Crop
The following photo was taken recently in September at our South Carolina Farm.​

Study preformed by the University of Washington

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Nile Fiber™ as an Energy Crop

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