The calorific value of bamboo biomass is a critical factor in determining the suitability of any particular bamboo feedstock for the production of products targeting their use as a bioenergy source - such as bamboo wood chips, bamboo pellets or bamboo charcoal.
The use of fuel wood and charcoal remains one of the greatest drivers of deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa, as large portions of the population, both rural and urban, still rely on wood and charcoal for the majority of their cooking and heating needs.
Here at EcoPlanet Core Carbon, one of our goals is to produce such bioenergy products as a mechanism to reduce pressure on the worlds remaining existing natural forests as well as provide a secure and renewable alternative product that mirrors - as closely as possible - existing products that individuals, families, communities and industries are currently used to using.
To that end we have been working with our sister company, the R&D and testing center EcoPlanet Laboratories to analyze the calorific value of more than 15 species of bamboo, originating from Latin America, Africa and Asia.
A few of our key bamboo findings:
(1) The age and level of maturity of the individual bamboo culm is a critical factor in determining its suitability as a source of bioenergy.
(2) The average calorific value of 15 species of bamboo was 19.36MJ/kg. This is equivalent to most hardwood charcoal species currently available and in common use.
(3) Certain species exhibited higher than average, and higher than hardwood calorific values, upwards of 20MJ/kg.
Although there are a host of other contributing factors, bamboo biomass is an ideal substitute - if grown sustainably, under a strict framework of zero deforestation and utilizing only highly degraded land - for current unsustainable bioenergy feedstocks, including as use for wood chips, pellets and charcoal substitutes.
EcoPlanet Core Carbon and our non profit subsidiary EcoPlanet Foundation are working to develop sustainably grown and managed reforestation projects of carefully selected bamboo species to fight the current trend of deforestation and forest degradation for fuel wood and charcoal products. To work with us or to learn more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org