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The aim of this project is to show how and at which cost the start of new life in arid or deserted coastal areas can be originated by the introduction of a simple bio-energy scheme. The main objective of this project was therefore to implement a techno-economic evaluation of a full bioenergy project for the reconstruction of an artificial good quality soil in a deserted coastal area of the Tenerife island for the production in sequence of biomass (herbaceous crops), electricity / heat and desalinated water by reverse osmosis (RO), needed for irrigation and other uses. Biomass productivity in these extreme conditions has also been estimated, including the possibility of CO2 injection and the use of high water retention crystal grains in the artificial soil. Finally, the electricity and desalinated water cost were evaluated, as well as the total investment cost.

The most relevant result of the project is probably represented by the fact that the proposed scheme is energetically balanced and feasible using commercially available technologies only.

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