Energy Values and Estimation of Power Generation Potentials of Some Non-woody Biomass Species

M. Kumar, S. K. Patel
2008 Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects  
In view of high energy potentials in non-woody biomass species and an increasing interest in their utilization for power generation, an attempt has been made in this study to assess the proximate analysis and energy content of different components of Ocimum canum and Tridax procumbens biomass species ( both nonwoody), and their impact on power generation and land requirement for energy plantations. The net energy content in Ocimum canum was found to be slightly higher than that in Tridax
more » ... at in Tridax procumbens. In spite of having higher ash contents, the barks from both the plant species exhibited higher calorific values, The results have shown that approximately 650 and 1270 hectares of land are required to generate 20,000 kWh/day electricity from Ocimum canum and Tridax procumbens biomass species. Coal samples, obtained from six different local mines, were also examined for their qualities and the results were compared with those of studied biomass materials. This comparison reveals much higher power output with negligible emission of suspended particulate matters (SPM) from biomass materials.
doi:10.1080/15567030701436206 fatcat:vgb6muo7rnerblwoezyuooculi