Results

  • The MultiBioPro Consortium has carried out extensive analysis of poplar and tree tobacco as biofuel feedstocks and has evaluated the performance of the latter in large scale field trials.
  • It could be demonstrated that good biomass yield was achievable in both crops with laboratory and pilot scale biorefinery, suggesting that the tree tobacco performs commendably in comparison to established feedstocks such as maize and poplar. Thus the two major criteria for assessing the development of a biofuel were successfully fulfilled.
  • In addition, thorough chemical composition analysis of both species and different stages of the biorefinery process resulted in the identification of valorisable components whilst biophysical analysis of the novel poplar material identified important structural materials which may be exploitable in terms of industrial application. These opportunities are being further explored.

Poplar

Tree Tobacco