Increasing the Dry Matter And Energy Yield Potential of Poplar Biomass in Flanders

D. Vansteenkiste, W. Prins & J. Van Acker
Merely 2% of the gross energy consumption in Flanders (Belgium) is covered by biomass. Key questions to be addressed are (1) how the future regional biomass supply for renewable energy production will be ensured, and (2) how this feedstock can be converted most intelligently into energy. We propose selecting and deploying highly productive poplars -in terms of both yield and quality -in short-rotation cultures (SRC) on marginal arable land. These poplars should provide readily accessible...