The world record for the fastest growing plant
belongs to certain species of the 45 genera of bamboo, which have been found to grow at up to 91 cm (35 in) per day or at a rate of 0.00003 km/h (0.00002 mph). According to the RHS Dictionary of Gardening, there are approximately 1,000 species of bamboos.
Bamboo regained popularity as a structural building material, especially after its approval as a building material in Germany in the year 2000. Thanks to this development, and based on the innovative engineering of the team at Pyropwoer, processing of bamboo has taken new dimensions: the structural part is preserved with the fumes generated from the charcoal production that solely uses the non-structural parts of the 25 meter long Guadua angustifolia
. This total use of bamboo stems, including its juice as substitute for chemicals, resembles the basic principles of The Blue Economy, i.e. the cascading material and energy generating multiple benefits and revenues.
While on one hand there is a strong demand for charcoal, there are tremendous resources available to supply the efficient fuel charcoal represents. Bamboo produces per hectare per year over a 70 year period 12 times more charcoal of comparable quality than the most productive eucalyptus
, thus potentially saving 12 million hectares of rainforest over its lifetime.