By New Energy Farms
Aug. 7, 2013 - New Energy Farms (NEF) have recently established the first crops of Miscanthus for the University of Iowa Biomass project. The University will use the crops as fuel for the campus power plant, as part of a plan for 40 per cent renewable energy consumption.
"The plot of Miscanthus will be planted on a farm near Muscatine, where the UI has a five-year rental agreement with a farmer," says Ferman Milster, the principal engineer of renewables at the University of Iowa. "The hope is that within two or three years, the harvest of the plant from the test plot can be burned in the campus power plant as a renewable energy crop. The university also wants to contract with area farmers to grow more of the plant. We need thousands of acres of this”
The crop was established with NEF supplied rhizomes and internal automatic Miscanthus rhizome planters.
NEF supplies high quality low cost rhizomes of certified clones, and planting machinery from production operations in the US (Georgia), Canada and the EU.
For more information, visit http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/biomass/.