Biomass energy is one form of renewable energy sources that are in the core of interesting for many researchers. There many different biomass sources that can be exploited for energy production, such as crop residues, waste materials, forestry residues and energy crops. Regarding energy crops, there are many different types of crops significantly varies in terms of energy potential yields, production and provision methods, etc. To this end, a thoroughly assessment of the energy inputs and outputs of each potential energy crop is necessary. In this paper, the Giant Reed is evaluated energetically as a potential energy crop. The assessment regards a 10 year period. The considered energy elements include direct inputs (e.g. fuel consumption) as well as indirect inputs (e.g. embodied energy of materials and machinery). According to the results, the balance between the estimated total energy input and the expected energy output is positive, providing a proof for the sustainability of the tested crop for a 10 year exploitation period.
Proceedings of Fabe 2013: International Conference on Food and Biosystems Engineering, 2013, p. 669-675
Arundo Donax; energy inputs; bioenergy
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International Conference on Food and Biosystems Engineering, 2013