Heating with elephant grass

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Heating with Biomass

Miscanthus is characterised by high calorific values

Additional fuels must be sought for the future energy supply. Elephant grass is one of these fuels. The fast-growing energy plant can be cultivated in our latitudes, is weather-resistant and easy to manage. When dried, elephant grass is becoming increasingly popular as an inexpensive heating fuel that can be burnt in the form of briquettes or in bulk.

With the help of advanced woodchip boilers, miscanthus can be burned efficiently – and scores with great combustion and emission values. At present, elephant grass is still considered an insider tip in the biomass sector – but it has great potential for the future.

The advantages at a glance:

Elephant grass - the fuel of the future

  • High-yielding energy crop that is easy to manage (fertiliser requirements are low).
  • Inexpensive and efficient heating fuel that achieves high efficiencies when sufficiently dried.
  • Miscanthus can be grown at home, so the added value remains in the region.
  • Independence from oil and gas
  • Elephant grass can be easily, efficiently and conveniently heated using advanced biomass heating systems.
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Expert advice:

Elephant grass can be burned both loose and in the form of pellets or briquettes. Miscanthus is also often mixed with classic wood chips in a certain ratio and burned with common wood chip boilers.


As heating material – heating value = approx. 4.5 kW/kg, 2.23 kg elephant grass (dry matter) – 1 litre heating oil – extra light
Energy yield 1 ha elephant grass – approx. 6,000 – 7,000 l fuel oil – extra light