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Miscanthus – Political lack of interest

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 9:25 am | Miscanthus NZ

When we were first working to get Miscanthus approved for import into New Zealand, the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) waived the fee for their work because they thought that having Miscanthus in New Zealand was so very much in the ... More >>

Miscanthus – Renewable Diesel, the Wood Vinegar

Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 9:38 am | Miscanthus NZ

This is the last article in the series on co-products of Renewable Diesel Fuel (RDF) production from Miscanthus and focuses on the co-product that probably none of you have even heard of before reading these articles - the wood vinegar. This is really ... More >>

Miscanthus – Renewable Diesel, the Biochar

Friday, 10 May 2019, 10:37 am | Miscanthus NZ

Information Article #12 touched extremely briefly on the co-products that are generated when Renewable Diesel Fuel (RDF) is made from Miscanthus. They had to be mentioned but no details were given because of lack of space when covering the general concept ... More >>

Miscanthus – Renewable Diesel, the Fuel

Monday, 6 May 2019, 8:45 am | Miscanthus NZ

One of the many positives about Miscanthus is its ability to be used to make Renewable Diesel Fuel (RDF). In a general sense this was covered in the previous article but it does seem worthwhile to expand somewhat on the fuel itself and the use of Miscanthus ... More >>

Miscanthus – for Renewable Diesel Fuel Plants

Monday, 29 April 2019, 12:28 pm | Miscanthus NZ

What is the current price of diesel? Within the last two weeks I have seen prices ranging from $1.38 per litre – near Hamilton - to $1.74 per litre – near Nelson. With GST taken off that makes the real price for businesses between $1.20 and $1.51 ... More >>

Miscanthus – for wildlife and game cover

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 9:13 am | Miscanthus NZ

There have been environmental studies done in the UK which show that Miscanthus provides excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife including nesting birds. To some extent Miscanthus New Zealand Ltd (MNZ) has discounted these reports because ... More >>

Miscanthus – for nitrogen capture

Friday, 12 April 2019, 9:17 am | Miscanthus NZ

Barely a day goes by without there being some item on the news or in the newspaper about nitrogen leaching contaminating waterbodies and water supplies. It helps to understand what the problem is if you have an idea of the sort of numbers that are ... More >>

Miscanthus – for farm shelter

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 9:15 am | Miscanthus NZ

When farms are converted to pivot irrigation the first thing that has to happen is that all the shelter trees have to be removed. Trees and pivot irrigators do not get on well together. The result of course is that the pivot irrigated areas are ... More >>

Miscanthus – for animal bedding

Friday, 5 April 2019, 9:20 am | Miscanthus NZ

In the UK, the original use of Miscanthus was for animal bedding, specifically for horses. It is still the most sought after UK animal bedding for equine use although in volume terms it has long been overtaken by use of Miscanthus for boiler fuel. ... More >>

Miscanthus – for boiler fuel

Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 3:10 pm | Miscanthus NZ

The international norm for use of Miscanthus on a commercial scale is as boiler fuel and particularly for generation of electricity. This is already done on a large scale in the UK. It is also happening in Europe. Alain Jeanroy, the president of France ... More >>

Miscanthus – a carbon negative crop

Monday, 1 April 2019, 9:10 am | Miscanthus NZ

Most annually harvested crops require a lot of activity to get them established, grown and harvested. They need cultivation of the soil, weed control, planting, fertiliser, harvesting, sometimes waste disposal, packing and loading on a truck. Most of them ... More >>

Miscanthus – The plant that tolerates poor soils

Friday, 29 March 2019, 8:51 am | Miscanthus NZ

All farms have areas of poor soils. Some are simply a fertility issue, some are waterlogged part of the time, some have very low organic matter and some are so free draining that surface rooted plant such as pasture grasses cannot thrive. Providing the terrain ... More >>

Miscanthus – a crop with multiple market

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 10:02 am | Miscanthus NZ

Most agricultural crops have a limited range of markets. As all farmers will know, this makes you vulnerable to changes in the market. If your farm gate milk price goes from $8 per kg milk solids to $4 per kg, there is not an awful lot that you ... More >>

Renewable diesel – an opportunity for the forest industry

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 1:34 pm | Miscanthus NZ

Most people in New Zealand are not aware that technology has been commercialised in the United States for the production of fully drop-in renewable diesel made from cellulosic feedstocks. This renewable diesel is a direct substitute for mineral diesel ... More >>

Miscanthus shelter boosts farm productivity

Friday, 21 September 2018, 9:51 am | Miscanthus NZ

Miscanthus – a the giant sterile perennial woody grass - was originally brought into New Zealand to be grown as a renewable energy crop, primarily for boiler fuel. While this is still a very valid and appropriate use, innovative Kiwis have been ... More >>

Huge reduction in nitrogen leaching when Miscanthus is used

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:13 am | Miscanthus NZ

One of the negative effects that pastoral agriculture can have on the environment occurs through the leaching of nitrogen into groundwater. Most members of the public do not understand how or why this is important but those that do are justifiably ... More >>

Waste plastic solution

Monday, 17 September 2018, 11:48 am | Miscanthus NZ

Almost every day in the newspapers and on TV we see something about the waste plastic issue, with shots of what seem to be large quantities of baled waste plastic that are looking for a home. The loss of China as a dumping ground for this material has ... More >>

Low Emissions Economy report doesn't pass the warrant mark

Friday, 14 September 2018, 1:54 pm | Miscanthus NZ

The Productivity Commission’s voluminous Low Emissions Economy report is not something that can be read and digested quickly. And it is so big that it is doubtful if anybody can claim to have been through the whole thing. But the impression that is created ... More >>

On the OECD report on the NZ Environment

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:37 am | Miscanthus NZ

Te Awamutu based company, Miscanthus New Zealand Limited (MNZ), believes that it has the answer to many of the cautions and warnings to New Zealand that are contained in the latest OECD report on the NZ environment but officials do not seem to be receptive ... More >>

Miscanthus New Zealand widens its horizons

Friday, 24 June 2016, 10:41 am | Miscanthus NZ

The Te Awamutu based company, Miscanthus New Zealand Limited (MNZ), is moving to widen the appeal of Miscanthus products. This company, which over the last 6 years has been introducing to New Zealand the sterile perennial 4 m tall woody grass called ... More >>

 

 

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