Circular Economy

New Agro-energy Cultures

 

In 2010, after multiple studies carried out in Northern Europe and after verifying the high potential of agro-energy cultures, the Group decided to build an ad hoc agricultural society, Agriwatt, in partnership with Gruppo SAIF/Enviro with the purpose to test the hybrid sterile culture of MiscanthusGiganteus, derived from the crossbreed of MiscanthusSinensis and MiscanthusSacchariflorus.

 

The first results pushed the Group to carry out further planting independently, through subsidiary Sardinia Bio Energy, and in 2011, another investment was made in the culture, bringing the current Miscanthus plantation to be among the most important in the Mediterranean area.

The years of tests, in addition to create an important know-how, contribute to identify the best worldwide partners for developing the project.

 

Our partners avail themselves of twenty-year experiences in the agro-energy field in Northern/ Central America and in Northern Europe, and they boast primary energy multinational companies among their clients, and also tens of thousands of planted hectares worldwide. Our partners, after having analysed and catalogued for many years, over 3,000 different types of Miscanthus, were able to identify the best crossbreeds, among which, those that best adapt to the climatic regions of the Mediterranean area in terms of water supply and output per hectare, and resistance against external parasites.

 

The company in 2013 began a nursery for the production and marketing of Miscanthus giganteus rhizomes selected. The surfaces of the nursery, reach 16 hectares and allow each year to obtain a number of useful rhizomes to plant over 250 acres / year. These rhizomes are used by the Group for the planting of new areas in Sardinia but they are also for sale with deliveries throughout Italy and Europe.

Fertilizers and Substrates

 

Over the years, the companies of the Group, strengthened by constant research and development, have developed a wide range of mixed cultivation substrates allowed in organic farming, as well as studied and registered according to recent EU regulations a new fertilizer allowed in organic farming with wide effectiveness in terms of of NPK without adding animal residues.

Odorous filters

 

With the development of separate waste collection, multiple composting centers are born on the island and to improve the odor performance of these plants we have developed the Biofilter2030. This filter is made up of virgin woody biomass filtering and is used for setting up and for refilling biofilters for waste treatment. With the Biofilter 2030 the harmful substances are degraded by an aerobic bacterial flora, fixed on a special bed present in the filtering mass of biologically active plant material in non-toxic compounds, such as: carbon dioxide and water. This is considered to be one of the most performing and versatile biological systems on the market in the treatment of gaseous effluents from bad smells.

Animal Welfare

 

On the strength of these experiences in the circular economy and thanks to our fully integrated plant biomass processing cycle in recent years we have developed 360-degree solutions also in the world of animal welfare.