Palo Alto: Biomass Sorghum
Standing at 20 feet tall after only four months of growth, NexSteppe’s Palo Alto biomass sorghum hybrids provide a high-yielding, low-cost biomass feedstock for biopower, including biogas, and cellulosic biofuels. Designed to have low moisture levels at maturity, Palo Alto biomass sorghums significantly lessen the amount of water harvested, thereby reducing the harvest and transport costs that can be 50 percent or more of total delivered feedstock cost. Lower moisture levels also provide a higher effective energy density for combustion.
- High yielding biomass crop, reaches harvesting point within 120 to 140 days.
- Excellent profitability for farmers.
- Sprouting provides appropriate straw to fertilize the next crop.
- Moisture levels allow direct burning in boilers after harvest.
- Calorific value and chemical composition in line with current biomass sources.