Can renewable energy power the world?
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4.4.2 Cellulosic materials

The structural integrity of non-woody (i.e. herbaceous) plants is provided mainly by cellulose, which is a major component of the straw and other supporting tissues of all the major food crops.

The most common cellulosic bioenergy crop for temperate climates is the tall grass miscanthus.

Figure 6 Harvesting miscanthus using conventional agricultural machinery

Other common plants that may be suited to production of cellulosic biomass are:

  • bracken
  • Gunnera
  • kelp
  • water hyacinth.

What other crops can be used? You’ll find out in the next section.


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