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Biomass can be considered as a strategic resource because not only is it renewable but it is also available everywhere and can provide products of vital interest to sectors of strong external dependence. However, full biomass systems can present considerable complexity in terms of multidisciplinarity and integration. This complexity derives from a combination of factors which are not only techno-economic but include the environment, the agricultural socio-economy industrial structure and policies, rural regional development and international trade. Sweet sorghum, which can be grown in different climatic conditions, has been identified as the first promising crop which has the potential to provide a wide spectrum of energy and industrial commodities to match local market situations. In this publication, a general review of biomass systems is followed by a discussion of three issues relating to sweet sorghum: (i) sorghum production development effort; the validation of the productivity model and possible future developments; (ii) harvesting and post-treatment; (iii) conversion and utilisation including its use in electricity production and industry.

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Authors: GRASSI G, CEC Bruxelles (BE);MONCADA P, CEC Bruxelles (BE);ZIBETTA H, FAC Consult, Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14684 EN (1992) 76 pp.
Availability: Available from CEC/DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
Record Number: 199211569 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en