The first harvest of miscanthus in the Dnipropetrovsk region for the pellets production

Agroholding KSG Agro began to harvest the miscanthus, which was planted in 2013 on a land plot of 30 hectares.

The agroholding introduced a technology for the use of non-agricultural land for the cultivation of a special energy crop (miscanthus). As a raw material for the pellets production, this culture is much more efficient than cereal waste.

According to the results of the first 3 hectares collection of miscanthus, the yield was 12-15 ton / ha. The total harvest is planned to more than 400 tons of raw materials for pellet production. The cost of dry miscanthus biomass averages 200-220 UAH / ton.

In Ukraine, the industry for growing energy crops is in the initial state, planted about 4000 hectares of land. This is mainly energy willow, poplar and miscanthus. In total in Ukraine there are about 4 million hectares of marginal non-agricultural land, on which traditional agriculture is not profitable. Most of these areas are best suited for growing energy crops.

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Biomass is one of the most promising renewable energy sources. Despite its limited use in Ukraine, in the structure of energy production from renewable sources in 2017, biofuels and waste accounted for a significant share 80%.

The growth rate of the bioenergy sector in Ukraine is constantly growing, making up:

  • 43% per year in terms of “biofuel and waste production”;
  • 33% per year in terms of “total primary energy supply from biofuels and waste”.

In total, in 2017 in Ukraine, bioenergy replaced 3.8 bln cubic meters of natural gas.

The main sources of biomass in Ukraine are waste and agricultural residues (straw, corn stalks and rods, sunflower stalks and husks), as well as promising specially grown energy crops (willow, poplar, miscanthus).

 “Practical guide on the use of biomass as fuel in the municipal sector of Ukraine” (for agricultural representatives) prepared by a member of the bioenergy association of Ukraine, NGO “Agency for Renewable Energy”.

Source: Based on KSG Agro