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Energy Crops

Energy crops are plants grown as a source of biofuel or for direct conversion to electricity or heat. Examples of plants used for biofuels include Jatropha oil and cassava (both of which Essentica has direct experience growing) and will, in the future, include agricultural waste material such as corn straw, which can be converted into ethanol. Examples of plants used for direct conversion to electricity or heat include willow, miscanthus and switchgrass and other fast-growing biomass feedstocks (of which Essentica has direct experience).

Catmint Biomass to Pellets

Agricultural and forestry waste are increasingly being treated as an alternative to energy crops. Essentica, in the process of manufacturing Refined Catmint Oil, will be left with a sizeable quantity of waste biomass. We will convert this biomass into pellets.

Future Plans in Relation to Energy Crops

Upon initial commissioning of our catmint oil distillation plant, Essentica will plant a number of energy crops for direct export or for conversion into pellets, in conjunction with the catmint biomass.

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