Tag: miscanthus

Miscanthus research gets over $200K in government funding to help the UK meet net zero

Miscanthus research gets over $200K in government funding to help the UK meet net zero

September 5, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, a project to facilitate more planting of the perennial bioenergy crop, Miscanthus, has been awarded over £150,000 (about $208,000) of funding through the government’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme, to help contribute to 2050 net zero targets. Miscanthus specialist, Terravesta, has been successful in its bid to secure Phase 1 funding for […]

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FCC Environment uses former landfill and quarry sites for energy crops

FCC Environment uses former landfill and quarry sites for energy crops

August 29, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, Terravesta grower and one of the UK’s leading resource and waste management companies, FCC Environment is using its landbank to grow energy crops for biomass fuel. The company has been planting Miscanthus at several of its old landfill and quarry sites across the country that it has restored following their closure. […]

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New miscanthus finance and end-user offtake agreements assist UK decarbonization

New miscanthus finance and end-user offtake agreements assist UK decarbonization

June 13, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, in an industry first, farmers considering planting the carbon negative crop Miscanthus can now benefit from a finance package to cover virtually all upfront costs for crop establishment, as well as new direct, long-term offtake agreements with end-users, with 10–15-year index-linked annual returns. The new opportunity has been launched to help […]

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Miscanthus carbon independent sequestration figures revealed in new study

Miscanthus carbon independent sequestration figures revealed in new study

May 2, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, the first dedicated, independent study into Miscanthus life cycles shows that the above ground biomass grows annually and recycles all the carbon that’s been produced through planting, harvesting and burning the crop for renewable electricity, and at the same time, the underground rhizome and decaying leaf litter fixes and stores net […]

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UK researchers find miscanthus can grow well on poorer farm land

UK researchers find miscanthus can grow well on poorer farm land

April 15, 2021 |

In the UK, new study shows miscanthus can be grown in lower agricultural grade conditions – such as marginal land – due to their remarkable resilience and photosynthetic capacity at low temperatures. With very little known about its productivity in flooded and moisture-saturated soil conditions, researchers at the Earlham Institute in Norwich wanted to understand […]

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‘Keep off the grass’: the biofuel that could help us achieve net zero

‘Keep off the grass’: the biofuel that could help us achieve net zero

April 4, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, the Miscanthus genus of grasses, commonly used to add movement and texture to gardens, could quickly become the first choice for biofuel production. A new study shows these grasses can be grown in lower agricultural grade conditions – such as marginal land – due to their remarkable resilience and photosynthetic capacity […]

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CABBI researchers find energy sorghum behaves like miscanthus

CABBI researchers find energy sorghum behaves like miscanthus

January 7, 2021 |

In Illinois, a study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) found that energy sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) behaves more like miscanthus in the way it efficiently captures light and uses water to produce abundant biomass. It has higher nitrogen emissions like maize, but researchers believe […]

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Miscanthus can contribute to UK net zero targets via bioenergy, biofuels

Miscanthus can contribute to UK net zero targets via bioenergy, biofuels

November 19, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Terravesta reports that Jonathan Scurlock, chief adviser, renewable energy and climate change for the National Farmers Union, believes Miscanthus can contribute significantly to UK net zero targets and be a feedstock supply for bioenergy, biobased materials, biofuels. “The NFU expects growth in land use for perennial energy crops like Miscanthus to […]

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Terravesta looking to help Scottish farmers switch to miscanthus

Terravesta looking to help Scottish farmers switch to miscanthus

November 9, 2020 |

In the UK, the Scottish Farmer reports Terravesta is working hard to convince local farmers to plant miscanthus in spring 2021, saying it offers a low risk and higher returns per hectare than other crops grown on poor quality land. The company works across the entire miscanthus supply chain from working with growers to securing […]

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Researchers sequence full genome of miscanthus

Researchers sequence full genome of miscanthus

October 29, 2020 |

In Illinois, an international research team has sequenced the full genome of an ornamental variety of miscanthus, a wild perennial grass emerging as a prime candidate for sustainable bioenergy crops. The genome project—led by scientists at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a Department of Energy (DOE) bioenergy research center—provides a road […]

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