(OTC: VSPC) said that its proprietary dedicated energy crop
, giant king grass, is now growing in Hawaii.
specialist, KWS UK has produced a sunflower for use on field margins that can be ensiled alongside maize grown for biogas.
Jatropha produces an oil which can be refined into biodiesel, as a sustainable biofuel energy crop
* Forests and woodlands may be shifted to energy crop
in portions of the country.
This equates to 0.6 million ha set-aside, 0.3 million ha with energy crop
premium, and 0.5 million ha without any specific support regime.
Their call comes as the European Commission has expanded special subsidies for energy crop
production to eight more European Union member states: Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.
"The Government is making a total of pounds 89 million available for offshore wind and energy crop
Miscanthus can tolerate much colder temperatures than its relatives sugar cane and maize, making it an ideal energy crop
for northern Europe and parts of the US.
Camelina is an energy crop
mainly grown in moderate climates such as the northern plains of the US, which originally comes from northern Europe and Central Asia.
The member states will also be authorised to grant a subsidy amounting to as much as 50% of spending linked to the establishment of permanent crops on land areas subject to requests for energy crop
It thus recommends reviewing rules governing land set-aside in the context of energy crop
regimes and "significantly" increasing the maximum area eligible for additional aid, as well as the level of payments.
THE EUROPEAN Parliament has called not only for agricultural and forestry waste to fuel biomass power generators, but for such recyclable materials to be a fertiliser to grow specific energy crops
. In an advisory report for European Union ministers and the European Commission, the parliament underlined "the potential in using organic waste to grow energy crops
which could then, in turn, be used for heating, cooling and electricity." The paper, drafted by British Conservative MEP Neil Parish, added care should be taken to avoid energy crop
intensification that could pollute the soil with (artificial) fertiliser residues, something biomass fertiliser could help prevent.