This handbook contains practical information on the utilisation of field energy crops for heat and power. The crops discussed are reed canary grass (RCG), willow, hemp and poplar. Production of biogas from energy crops is also introduced. The handbook details cultivation and harvesting of crops, logistics, energy production technologies, rationality and economics of production.
Other important issues, including support and incentive mechanisms, are also discussed. These crops were chosen because they are the energy crops with the greatest potential in the project countries: Finland, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Germany and Austria. Miscanthus and cereal straw, for example, are not discussed in the handbook because their use is already well reported elsewhere.
The handbook is mainly targeted at authorities, project developers, investors, plant operators, potential bioenergy users, the applied research community and representatives of companies involved in the crop-to-energy production chain. This handbook was produced as a result of a project that promoted the production and utilisation of energy crops in Europe.