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Biomass Energy

  • R. P. Overend

Abstract

Biomass Energy or Bioenergy is a very loose term used to describe energy obtained from plants (i.e., the phytomass). The plant has the unique facility of taking in solar energy, water and carbon dioxide and storing this energy as a complex of reduced carbon compounds which can then be used as fuels. In describing the potential of the phytomass to provide bioenergy it is convenient to separate the topic into two components; (1) the growth and production of biomass and (2) the conversion of that biomass into end-use energy or into fuel forms that are compatible with the existing petroleum infrastructure. In a systems sense these two divisions are wholly artificial since the production of phytomass, the activities we know as agriculture and silvi-culture, involve inputs of capital, labour, energy and energy intensive fertilizers to be productive. Accordingly, the structure of this paper is as follows:
  1. I

    The Plant/Photosynthesis/Potential

     
  2. II

    A Net Energy Balance Perspective

     
  3. III

    Bioenergy Conversion Technologies

     
  4. IV

    Economic Evaluation of Bioenergy Systems

     

Keywords

Chemical Oxygen Demand Sugar Cane Anaerobic Digester Corn Stover Capital Cost 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. Overend
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Energy Research and DevelopmentNational Research Council of CanadaOttawaCanada

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