Energy crops

Crops grown specifically for energy purposes

Certain plant species can be grown as an agricultural crop, producing high yields of biomass with minimal inputs

Certain broadleaf tree species can be cut back to the ground where they will produce multiple stems from the cut stool.  This cycle can be repeated again and again on a rotation typically from 3 - 15 years

Similar to conventional forestry, single stem tree species, but grown on a much shorter rotation of typically 8 - 20 years

Grasses can offer a number of advantages as energy crops, such as an annual harvest, and very high yield in some cases, but combustion properties can be different from woodfuel and so require specialist combustion equipment

What's of interest

There are a number of guides on growing energy crops in the

Guidance documents

section of this website

There are also:

Energy crops links

in the Links section; including the

Defra opportunity maps

for existing and future energy crop plantings