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Planting material for energy willow

With the rising price of fossil fuel the interest for willow and in general for fast growing types of wood has increased in order to produce biomass. The production of biomass on marginal soils can be favourable for certain institutions such as swimming pools, hospitals, etc. Usually a gasification installation driven by woodchips coming from plantations of wood of more than one year is being used.

Besides the production of energy there is also the production of warmth that can be used to heat houses, hospitals, swimming pools, etc.

There is a constant search for new cultivars in order to get an optimal production. Often crossings between Salix viminalis and Salix schwerinii are used for this purpose. Planting material of these cultivars is available in the form of cuttings.