Prices for energy, the search for alternatives to fossil fuels becomes increasingly important. Master gardener Reinhard Sperr pushes this theme for years, starting from Austria already planting in Romania, the Ukraine, Bulgaria and also in Central Europe were carried out under his direction. Simple planting, low maintenance and Dungeaufwand (low input) make energy crops on soils with below-average credit ratings the promising alternative. The development shows sharply rising trends in Central Europe, in particular in energy wood. Here are especially fast-growing varieties of poplar, willow, and black locust among the most profitable genres. At the energy grasses, especially Miscanthus (elephant grass), have in recent years also booming growing numbers.
Currently, but a certain flattening of this dynamic is visible. So, 925 hectares (of 428 acres in Upper Austria, Austria) were established as end 2010 in Austria. Energy wood (poplar, willow, Robinia) is also approximately 1,000 acres in Austria from, with emphasis here followed by Styria, Austria, in lower Austria. (Source: Chamber of Agriculture of Austria) Energy crops for biomass production alone will not solve future energy challenges, they can but very much independence from fossil fuels and nuclear energy to go make a valuable, even ecological contribution to a further step in the direction of. Reinhard Sperr, 2011