JOINT RESEARCH ON ARUNDO DONAX AS AN ENERGY CROP
This research afforded a possibility of improving the previous management and process of Arundo donax when cropped as a raw material for pulp and paper. A new larger rows spacing cropping system (screen type) allows another simultaneous crop, in the same field, increases the real dry matter yield of the reed and finally improves the energy and financial balance in saving inputs. Moreover the mechanization of the crop and the processing of the biomass harvested are now being improved by : + a new and simpler harvesting technique allowing a preliminary natural drying of the stalks in the field and avoiding a further dehydration; + an original stripping system of the chopped stalks associated to a granulation system of the ground leaves; + a new energetic transformation of the biomass of gasification instead of the previous direct combustion. A study of the areas suitable for Arundo donax in the south of France is now being achieved showing that 25.000 hectares could be utilised for this crop. Finally, the price of the therm for every kind of cropping system and process is now being estimated.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9945 EN (1985), MF, 39 P., BFR 150, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 200, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989124047500 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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