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Cover Pages Grass

  1. 1. Ramko Rolland Associates PRESENTATION OF A HIGH TECH AGRI-BUSINESS PROJECT GROWING RENEWABLE ENERGY CROPS & METHANE HARVESTING IN EASTERN EUROPE Mature Switchgrass on the Midwest plains in US - yield up to a record 15 tones dry mass per acre if irrigated
  2. 2. Ramko Rolland Associates Mature miscanthus grown in Illinois US – yield up to a record 26 tones dry mass per acre if irrigated Prepared by Haim R. Branisteanu September 2007 Ramko Rolland Associates Corporate Finance and Operational Restructuring 40 East End Avenue, New York, New York 10028 12 Gotlieb Street, Tel Aviv Tel: +1-914-595-6026 Fax: +972-77-524-2780 Israel 64-392 E-Mail: hbranisteanu@bezeqint.net Tel +972-3-523-2744 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. 3. Ramko Rolland Associates TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary …………………………..………..…………………………………….….. 1 Suited Countries ……………………..……………….………….……………………. 1 Preliminary Investment and Assets values ……………..………..……….. 1 Project Stages and Grants ………………… ……………..………………..…..... 2 Barriers of Entry…………………………………………………………………………. 2 Summary Background …………………………………………………………………………... 3 Availability of Resources ……………………………………………………………. 3 Primary investment …………………………………………………………………… 4 Sun Energy v. Bio-mass cultivation ……………………………………………. 4 Energy ratio between energy crop and coal ……………………………… 4 Solar Energy Projects v. Bio mass cultivation ……….……………………. 5 Proposed cultivation of energy crops ………………………………………… 5 Energy yield per hectare and price comparison to coal …………….. 6 Proposed way of action ………………………………………………………………………… 6 BACKGROUND MATERIAL and COST ANALYSIS Market trends Canada Year 2001 …………………………………………….……………. 8 Cost of Growing Grass US Department of Energy Final Report …..………….. 9 Cost tables for Switchgrass ………………………………………………..……………….… 12 Cost tables for Canary grass …………………………………………………..……………… 13 Department of Energy vision on renewable energy ………………………………. 14 Switchgrass Energy input / output ratio ………………………………………………… 15 Comparable Energy analysis of Biomass use ……...……….………………………… 16 General financial projections..……………………………………..…………………………. 28 FINANCING SOURCES AND LOCATIONS Government Agencies and Grants ……….……….………………..…………………….. 17 Map of Bulgaria Renewable Energy Projects …….…………..……………………… 18 US average Cropland values per state ……………….………….………………………. 19 Methane Harvesting and Soy meal substitute for farm animals ……………. 20 Micro-Algae Culture and prospects ……………..….…..………..……………………… 23 New cost estimation University of Tennessee ……………………………………….. 30 Miscanthus Input / Output energy ratios ……………………………………………….. 32 Miscanthus / Switchgrass energy content comparison ………………………….. 33 Additional Attachments EU tables of grants allocated for improvement of agricultural lands Comparable cost of cultivating various grains Various articles justifying the economic benefits of energy grasses; US / UK power plants with co-firing of energy grasses with coal / NG US – Switchgrass, Canary Grass, Germany, UK – Miscanthus India Europe – Sorghum / Sudan Grass Hybrids for co-firing power plants Energy feed from micro-algae and the potential for transportation fuels Carbon and Methane capture programs

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