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Bioenergy by Anju Dahiya

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Chapter 5

Perennial Grass Biomass Production and Utilization

Sidney C. Bosworth     Plant and Soil Science Department, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA

Abstract

Due to their high-yield potential, low-input requirements, and high energy out to energy in ratios, many perennial grasses, such as switchgrass and giant miscanthus have potential as a biomass feedstock to help reduce the dependence on petroleum energy. As biomass feedstocks, these grasses can be utilized for direct combustion for heat and/or power, cellulosic conversion to ethanol, thermochemical processes for fuel supplements, or anaerobic digestion for methane; however, careful considerations must be made for fuel quality, air emissions, and other environmental impacts. Feedstock ...

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