Short Rotation Crop (SRC)

Short Rotation Crop (SRC)

SINGPELLET recognizes that feedstock has an important role to play. To ensure that a reliable supply is available, our company is active in the plantation development of energy crops. The test bedding for Short Rotation Coppice in tropical climates for tropical trees will be conducted over a various range of species.

Why do we grow energy crops?

SINGPELLET grows energy crops to ensure a controlled feedstock. In recent years, concern about climate change have led to a rapidly developing interest in and markets for alternative and renewable energy sources. With controlled feedstock, it can serve as substitutes for fossil fuels, and woody biomass crops have the potential to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change.

Hence, the commercial planting of short rotation coppice crops (SRC) is becoming increasingly important and biomass is seen to have a role in meeting Kyoto commitments. Energy crops can make a contribution to emission reduction because they recycle atmospheric CO2, whilst the use of fossil fuels releases carbon into the atmosphere that would otherwise be stored. Trees when planted as energy crops will take up nitrogen and so can be used to resolve the problem of nitrate pollution.

SINGPELLET is strongly committed in maintaining its SRC plantation, which is important for social and economic reasons, by pursuing a feedstock model which incorporates these dedicated crops and which includes SP investment for the following reasons:

  1. Increased development of the agricultural sector resulting in economic growth and  development, and 
  2. Establishing a secure and consistent long-term capacity for the pellet and power industries and thereby reducing pressures on crown forests.

SP SCR plantations are harvested on a short rotation cutting cycle. Once the crop reaches short cycle the plantation is harvested and left to re-grow for another cutting cycle. The cutting action (coppice) initiates an increased growth response as the trees attempt to maintain the balance of below and above ground biomass.

The term SRC has prevailed to refer to biomass productions systems cultivated for energy purposes which use fast-growing tree species with the ability to resprout from stumps after harvest in short intervals. SRC cultivation in larger scale could help to meet social and economic targets.

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