Clenergen Corp. is one of the first companies to incorporate the efficiency gained from the direct cultivation of feedstock as a source of biomass for gasification processes and the generation of renewable electricity. Electric power generated from such power plants will then be sold by the company to local municipalities and industries, particularly in areas of the globe that have a poor energy infrastructure.
One source of biomass that Clenergen will grow on their own plantations is bamboo. The company has identified a high calorific, high-density strain of micro-propagated bamboo that is capable of producing upwards of 45 tons per annum after the third year of cultivation. The bamboo can be grown in regions where the soil quality is less suitable for arable crops and with minimal agronomy requirements. This bamboo grows 9 to 10 new shoots annually for up to 50 years before replanting is required.
Another source of biomass that the company will grow on their plantations is the Marjestica tree. The tree reaches in excess of 20 feet in height in its first year and re-grows from its stub each year for a minimum of 8 coppicing (cutting the tree to its stub) cycles, before replanting is required. Yields after the first 18 months are expected to exceed 40 tons per acre, and steadily increase year after year.
The company has secured exclusive territorial licensing rights to a ‘tree adaptation process’. This process, when applied to the mother stock of the Marjestica strain, results in an increase in the rate of growth of between 23-40%. This is a natural process, used with many food crops that we eat, in which organisms respond to environmental stress by increasing the number of homologous (same) sets of chromosomes or genomes in each cell. This process is not considered to be genetic modification, as no foreign DNA is introduced into the plants.
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