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Information on the technical, financial/economic and environmental feasibility of the bioenergychains

The establishment, cultivation and harvesting of all four species were performed successfully using conventional agricultural methods.

Yields of each crop varied considerably according to site and climate. High ash contents for all crops were measured compared to woody feedstocks and also significant variability in both ash content and ash composition. Great variability exists in biomass production costs, mainly caused by water and soil quality. Multi cropping scenarios may be more costly than single cropping systems, minimize storage and secure operation of the conversion plants. Cost of biomass production, harvesting and transportation is -100 euro per d.t, with cardoon and switchgrass being the cheapest forms.

To obtain a high environmental benefit, high, ecologically- sound crop yields should be aimed from multi cropping systems that enhance biodiversity, higher conversion efficiencies and co-products use.

Energy crops should be studied at all appropriate scales and on a long-term basis to identify appropriate habitats for desired species, both for crops and lands (agricultural, managed forest and natural).

Reported by

CRES – Center for Renewable Energy Sources, Biomass department
19th km Marathonos Ave,
190 09 Pikermi Attikis