Complementary Use of Long and Short Hemp Fibres and Shives for Textile and Second Generation Biofuels

A. Zatta, S. Vecchi, R. Gobbo & A. Monti
Hemp is a multifunctional crop widely known to provide good quality fibres for textile industry and bio-composites (e.g. interior carpeting of cars door). Machines for processing hemp fibres are lacking or absent, nonetheless recent studies [1] showed that one metre long cut stems can be easily utilized within a flax scutching line, thus making hemp a likely competing fibre crop in the near future. In fact, along with long fibres, a relevant amount of short...