Since 2012 we planted miscanthus in different municipalities in the Netherland, Hungary and Germany. In total we have an amount of over 60 hectares of miscanthus planted.
Miscanthus is a crop that grows until mid-november, after which growth stops, the miscanthus looses its leaves and colors almost gold. The crop now has the time to dry. Leaves fall of due to low temperatures in winter. The crop gets its nutrition from the fallen leaves on the ground, that it collects in its rhizomes. Around february there will be no leaves left and the miscanthus will almost look like reed.
Miscanthus feeds itself, which means that it doesn’t need any fertilizers. Also, the leaves on the ground make the growth of weeds impossible.
After the second year of growth you can harvest the crop every springtime (end of february till april). The later in the year you harvest, the more suitable the biomass will be for green energy. This is due to a maximum amount of dry mass that is present in the crop, meaning low in moisture and mineral content. Pressing the miscanthus in bales after harvesting is both cost saving and efficient.
Miscanthus is in the first place used as a basis for bio-fuel. With miscanthus chips heating systems can heat buildings in the most sustainable way. We already deliver chips to our own company in Zevenaar and a number of large livestock farms.
Besides that we are, from the summer of 2015 on, the proud owner of our own biomass power station in Fürstenwalde, Germany. Already, we heat over 400 houses in a sustainable way with this station. We not only use green waste, but also a good amount of miscanthus. The power station has a capacity of 2 Megawatt and modularly expendable to 4 Megawatt.
Are you interested in miscanthus, do you want more information about miscanthus and bio-fuel, or are you looking for a sustainable way of heating?