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Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
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Brief version of Freedom Giant Miscanthus

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  • 1. Commercializing Miscanthus as a Feedstock www.REPREVERenewables.com www.FreedomGiantMiscanthus.com date
  • 2. Giant Miscanthus 101
  • 3. Miscanthus x giganteus Perennial Energy Grass, Yielding 20+ Tons/Acre
  • 4. Giant Miscanthus <ul><li>The best crop in the SE for growth of cellulosic material </li></ul><ul><li>Many benefits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High Yield &amp; Profit Potential </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USDA Incentives &amp; Cost Sharing (BCAP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low Inputs &amp; Production Costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Care-free Growth </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. <ul><li>Giant miscanthus identified as a C4 perennial crop with huge biomass potential: up to 25 tons/acre/yr, dependent upon: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Variety </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Culture practices </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Geographical location </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Soil Class </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Height up to 15 ft </li></ul><ul><li>Dormant harvest: nutrients &amp; moisture senesce back to roots </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10-15% Moisture Content at harvest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sequesters Carbon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Returns minerals back to roots </li></ul></ul>Giant Miscanthus:
  • 6. &nbsp;
  • 7. Miscanthus is not switchgrass.
  • 8. <ul><li>Developed by Dr. Brian Baldwin at MSU, through 12 years of biomass crop study and selection for superior traits. </li></ul><ul><li>The only variety MEANT FOR the Southeast. </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom is the only University-released, named, certified strain of giant miscanthus. </li></ul>
  • 9. <ul><li>“ We see a lot of potential in Freedom giant miscanthus --it’s the most promising of the hundreds of miscanthus cultivars we’ve evaluated over the years, and it’s light years ahead of any of the other grasses.” </li></ul><ul><li>--Dr. Brian Baldwin, MSU </li></ul>
  • 10. At Planting Time, Marginal Soil Example
  • 11. 1st Year Plot, August &amp; October
  • 12. Same plot, 2nd year June, 2010 July, 2010
  • 13. 6th Year Plot. Growing at MSU. No fertilizer.
  • 14. <ul><li>Little to no fertilizer needs </li></ul><ul><li>Highly drought tolerant </li></ul><ul><li>No known pests </li></ul><ul><li>Dense growth crowds out weeds </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrients returned to soil each year </li></ul><ul><li>Can grow on Marginal Soils </li></ul><ul><li>CO 2 neutral, or negative energy source: Carbon credits </li></ul><ul><li>~ 12% Moisture Content at Harvest </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 25 tons per acre yield </li></ul>Attributes &amp; Benefits Driving Growth
  • 15. <ul><li>New growth from rhizomes </li></ul><ul><li>Plant is sterile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Triploid = seed sterile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiplication is by plant division </li></ul><ul><li>5,000 rhizomes per acre </li></ul>Giant Miscanthus Growth
  • 16. Freedom Material Characteristics Moisture Content At Harvest ~ 12% BTU Values: As Harvested ~ 7,250/lb Dry Basis ~ 8,200/lb Wood as harvested: ~ 4,600/lb Ash Content: ~ 3%
  • 17. Yield Comparisons
  • 18. &nbsp;
  • 19. Biomass Yields for SE <ul><li>3-5X the yield of timber &amp; switchgrass </li></ul><ul><li>Almost double the yield of other giant miscanthus </li></ul>
  • 20. 1 Acre of Freedom 28 tons total over first three years 20-25 tons/yr each year thereafter 288 tons after 16-years of harvest 18+ tons/year cumulative yield 12-15% Moisture Content
  • 21. Yield Model: Year 1-5 2-3 Tons/Acre 1 8 Tons/Acre 2 13-15 Tons/Acre 3 18-22 Tons/Acre 4 22-25 Tons/Acre 5 <ul><li>Establishment </li></ul><ul><li>Fertilizer </li></ul><ul><li>Herbicides </li></ul><ul><li>Little Fertilizer </li></ul><ul><li>Little Herbicides </li></ul><ul><li>Full Yield </li></ul><ul><li>20+ Year Life </li></ul>Stem Crown Size at Ground
  • 22. Grower Economics
  • 23. Grower Economics
  • 24. Grower Economics
  • 25. Grower Economics
  • 26. Scaling-Up: Our Growth Model
  • 27. Efforts Going Forward: <ul><li>500+ acres of Foundation planted </li></ul><ul><li>Demo plots in 10 states </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor, research growth &amp; yields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn best approach for each region </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ongoing Research with MSU </li></ul><ul><li>2011: We can plant 20-30,000 acres from rhizomes </li></ul><ul><li>2012+: Exponential growth in acreage </li></ul>
  • 28. Field of Freedom Giant Miscanthus
  • 29. Thank you for your time. Contact: name email

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