​NileFiber™ 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 for fossil fuels used for transportation. Perennial rhizomatous grasses (such as NileFiber) 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.

NileFiber has been recognized by experts worldwide as one of the most promising crops for energy production for the Mediterranean climate.  In this climate, NileFiber  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.

NileFiber 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.

NileFiber shows great promise as a vehicle for economic development. TreeFree intends to create a path to new jobs and economic growth through every stage of the economic cycle, from harvesting natural stands and agricultural farms of the crop, to pulping, chipping and shipping. TreeFree points out that NileFiber cultivation "can bring new life to economies shattered by the demise of their original industries.”

Sequestration of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Source: University of Washington

“With a plantation of 100,000 acres of NileFiber 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 NileFiber would sequester about 0.18% of all the CO2 generated from vehicle exhaust annually in the United States”


TreeFree South Carolina Crop
The above photo was taken at TreeFree's South Carolina Farm.​

Study preformed by the University of Washington

Competitive Outlook​

NileFiber™ as an Energy Crop

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