Nile Fiber™ A Competitive Outlook
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Nile Fiber™ as an Energy Crop
Energy crops are plants which are produced with the express purpose of using their biomass energetically and at the same time reduce carbon dioxide emission. 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 because of their high productivity, low (no) demand for nutrient inputs consequent to the recycling of nutrients by their rhizomes, exceptional soil carbon sequestration – 4X switchgrass, multiple products, adaptation to saline soils and saline water, and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses.
Nile Fiber™ has been recognized by experts worldwide to be one of the most promising crops for energy production for the Mediterranean climate, where it has showed advantages as an indigenous crop (already adapted to the environment), durable yields, and resistance to long drought period. Several field studies have highlighted the beneficial effect of Arundo Donax on the environment due to its minimal soil tillage, fertilizer and pesticide. 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. Today several screening studies on energy crops have been carried out by several Universities in the US as well as in the EU to evaluate and identify best management practices for maximizing biomass yields and assess environmental impacts.
Nile Fiber™ shows great promise as a vehicle for economic development. The company 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."
A measurement of 50,000 acres of Nile Fiber™ produces as much usable biomass as 1,250,000 acres of trees. The current and best-performing agricultural source of any biomass can only produce usable biomass at less than 40% the rate of Nile Fiber™.
Nile Fiber™ Competitive Outlook
2010 US Energy Production