Elephant grass and willow are two of the most widespread energy crops in Europe, and are good examples of new crops that can be used for energy production, plantations, handicrafts and industry. Nordic Biomass is participating in leading development work in relation to both crops.
Energy crops currently receive a modest direct subsidy, but are still not directly competitive with fossil fuels and, for example, wind energy. At present, energy crops are therefore most interesting for:
- woodchip production for direct consumption or supply to local woodchip-fired heating plants
- other applications such as new environmental solutions and raw materials for industry and handicrafts
Prior to establishing energy and industrial crops, it is recommended that a strategy be worked out for the cultivation, harvesting and sale of the crop, including machinery options and economics. Calculation of the contribution margin will depend on factors such as distance from machinery services, supplier location and sale price.
During the planning phase or the development of the new crops, other consultants with experience in the field can be drawn upon. We can recommend: