Miscanthus Giganteus (Elephant grass)
For the entire world aviation, the area the size of Ireland (70 000 square kilometers) would be sufficient, for comparison, and to put this figure in a correct perspective, we give this comparison: today the world maize cultivation occupies an area of 809 000 square kilometers.
If we initially allow all EU flights shorter than 500 kilometers to fly on biokerosene(SAF), we are talking about 0.5% of the biokerosene needed worldwide, or an area of 1800 square kilometers needed. (source: Notthebigbadwolf, B. Brick)
These areas are certainly available in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Moreover, the cultivation of Miscanthus provides a new nitrogen-free source of income for agriculture, and we in Europe become a bit more energy independent!
Advantages Myscanthus Giganteus:
Miscanthus provides a stem-rich crop that is excellent for the production of biofuels such as bioethanol.
The originally tropical crop has many advantages:
- It thrives well in European temperate climates.
- It is a C4 grass, which means that it manages to convert carbon dioxide into sugars very efficiently.
- Miscanthus requires little fertilizer and tillage.
- It is a perennial crop that can be grown as long as 15 to 25 years.
- Growing Miscanthus offers agriculture a new source of income.