Canadian Poplar Biomass Project
GWD Forestry’s exciting investment product, the Canadian Poplar, is commonly grown in cold, temperate regions and prefers medium-moisture habitats. The Poplar is a fast-growing, high-yield tree species, and, with its ability to grow an amazing two and a half metres from its sturdy shoots, per annum, it is little wonder that this biomass favorite can produce above-average amounts of energy when compared to other feedstocks, such as corn, soybeans and switchgrass. The multiple cycles of production ensure that a steady supply of feedstock is made available for wood pellet production.
A three year project, your €5,000 investment buys one acre of densely planted Salicaceae Poplar clones with a projected return of €9,750. Trees are harvested after establishment and harvested to be processed into bio-energy feedstock pellets. The biomass wood pellets are then delivered to North American and European markets through GWD’s established networks.
Canadian Poplar – The Product
The high-density Poplar Salicaceae clones grow very fast, but never become fully grown. Instead, they are harvested at year three and the wood is transformed into biomass pellets – energy fuel for industrial and domestic wood burning sealed-stove systems – that produce heat and electricity. Wood pellets are a sustainable, clean and environmentally friendly fuel which are created by compressing processed wood into uniform-sized pellets; they are formed using the wood’s own naturally produced glue, lignin, which binds the pellets together. As a low carbon alternative to more conventional fuels, biomass wood pellets are in ever-increasing demand from the North-American and European markets. The European Union demand comes largely from its commitment to reduce CO₂ emissions. Using protocols and binding legislation, the EU have targeted 20%-33% increases in the use of renewable energy, such as wood pellets, to serve as a low carbon replacement for ‘dirty’ fuels, such as coal – and also oil and gas, by 2030.
Short-rotation bio-energy Poplar in Canada dates back to the mid-1970’s oil crisis, when the University of Toronto pioneered the research into Poplar and its potential for bioenergy; growing hybrid Poplar and Willow with the aim of developing clones better adapted to Canada’s shorter growing seasons in its boreal forests.
Our Poplar plantations are situated close to the Eastern seaboard of Canada; direct shipping access is just one hour away, to either the United States border or the international shipping port of St. John, serving the United States Eastern seaboard and Europe.