The majority of available research or widely available information lumps bamboo into a single category. Yet with more than 1,200 bamboo species it's not surprising that the reality is that the fiber or biomass of each species has a unique set of characteristics. Furthermore, most bamboo plants are, in large part, a product of their growing environment, absorbing certain elements from the soil and growing differently under different climatic contexts.
For bamboo to be industrialized as a viable alternative fiber, significant research into the properties and fiber specifications of different species is necessary.
Over the past 12 months we have carried out a wide range of tests and scientific research projects into the current species of key interest to EcoPlanet Bamboo - Guadua aculeata, Guadua angustifolia, Guadua amplexifolia, Bambusa balcooa and Oxytenanthera abyssinica.
However, in order to understand the best target species for the various potential projects and locations EcoPlanet Bamboo has in the pipeline, it's critical to have a winder range of suitable species for production and to ensure the most ideal species is chosen not only for location and climate, but also for the targeted end product.
EcoPlanet Laboratories therefore undertook a many month study analyzing the biomass of an additional 16 species of bamboo:
Dendrocalamus membranaceus cv. grandis
Full proximate and ultimate analysis, amongst other testing was carried out, and specifications including inherent moisture, calorific value, ash and volatiles, and the inclusion of heavy metals within the bamboo biomass was undertaken.
The results have provided EcoPlanet Bamboo and Core Carbon with a set of unique and valuable information upon which decisions regarding the use and commercialization of these particular species for projects targeting a specific end product can be based.
For more information on the species currently under commercial production click here.