Energy crops in Western Europe: is bamboo an acceptable alternative?
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
S.l. , 2009
Engineering sciences. Technology
8th World Bamboo Congress proceedings: vol. 3
University of Antwerp
Most attention in Western Europe goes to the classical bionergy crops poplar, willow and Miscanthus. However, several other plants are useful candidates to provide biomass for the production of electricity. Bamboo is among them. Pilot tests of bamboo growth in Ireland show that bamboo produces enough biomass, even under a rather adverse climate, to make the plant economically an equal investment as the classic crops. Moreover, bamboo tends to have a higher capacity for uptake of heavy metals than poplar and willow, offering possibilities for an efficient combination of biomass production and heavy metal phytoremediation.