ENERGY CROPS: GROW YOUR OWN FUEL

The term ‘energy crop’ can be applied to any plant which is grown with the specific aim of producing energy from it.

 

 

 

Short rotation energy crops

Rotation coppice and forestry are two of the most widespread forms of ‘raw’ energy. Harvested every two-three years, they are then chipped for use in wood-fired power stations.

 

 

Grasses and non-woody energy crops

Europe’s lush green fields produce more than just silage for cattle. Miscanthus, hemp and other grasses, such as switchgrass, can be transformed into a source of energy.

 

 

Agricultural energy crops

Sugar beet and sugar cane can be made into bioethanol.

 

 

 

Energy from starchy crops

Wheat, maize and even potatoes can be converted into bioethanol or combustion fuel for multi fuel stoves.

 

 

 

Oil crops

Turn oil into biofuel by growing and processing oilseed rape or sunflowers.

 

 

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