Bamboo to Energy
Our scaled down clean-tech energy plants running on Bamboo are useful tools in developing a network of off-grid power supply in rural areas. Bamboo is grown on non-food producing land, requires limited water and the root system descends a mere 600mm into the ground.
FMTGlobal has a specialist division that partners with a global community of Bamboo experts with experience in development of large-scale plantations in a wide variety of growing conditions.
Bamboo, which is classified as a giant grass, grows on marginal soils and does not compete with food production. It is very efficient in drawing toxins from the soil so is useful for mine and soil remediation. Surprisingly its main constraint is too much water – requiring majority of its moisture in the sprouting season. In times of drought Bamboo stores water in the lower culms.
This plant grows at a phenomenal rate and is harvested annually. The development of large well-managed plantations, in association with the local communities, ensures sustainable and secure supply of feedstock to the energy plants. FMTGlobal designs the plantations to produce surplus Bamboo and this is used in multiple down-stream beneficiation activities to support the local economies and mega job creation.