KSG Agro Holding started harvesting miscanthus.
KSG Agro Holding began harvesting miscanthus on an area of 30 hectares. This energy generation crop was planted in 2013 and grown using a special technology, according to which harvesting takes place 5 years after planting.
“Six years ago we introduced the technology of using non-agricultural land for the cultivation of special energy crops. It was then that uterine plantations of miscanthus were created — a culture that is already recognized as revolutionary in agriculture for the production of solid biofuels”, says Sergey Kasyanov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KSG Agro,“ Growing miscanthus with its high energy output fully fits into our strategy for producing heat from renewable biofuels. As a raw material for the production of pellets, this culture is much more efficient than cereal waste. After full harvest, we plan to get more than 400 tons of raw materials for pellet production”.
According to the harvesting results from the first three hectares of miscanthus, the crop yield was 12-15 t / ha.
As previously reported, KSG Agro, together with the territorial communities of the Dnepropetrovsk region, without the involvement of budget funds, implements a program for transferring boiler houses of social facilities (schools, etc.) from heating with expensive natural gas or coal to fuel pellets. As a result, budget savings for each facility amount to about 40%.
By the end of 2018, KSG Agro increased the total amount of thermal generation from biofuel by 37% to 8.35 mW.