A Computational Tool for Comparative Energy Cost Analysis of Multiple-Crop Production Systems

Rodias, Efthymios, Berruto, Remigio, Bochtis, Dionysis, Busato, Patrizia and Sopegno, Alessandro (2017) A Computational Tool for Comparative Energy Cost Analysis of Multiple-Crop Production Systems. Energies, 10 (7). p. 831. ISSN UNSPECIFIED

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.3390/en10070831

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Abstract

Various crops can be considered as potential bioenergy and biofuel production feedstocks. The selection of the crops to be cultivated for that purpose is based on several factors. For an objective comparison between different crops, a common framework is required to assess their economic or energetic performance. In this paper, a computational tool for the energy cost evaluation of multiple-crop production systems is presented. All the in-field and transport operations are considered, providing a detailed analysis of the energy requirements of the components that contribute to the overall energy consumption. A demonstration scenario is also described. The scenario is based on three selected energy crops, namely Miscanthus, Arundo donax and Switchgrass. The tool can be used as a decision support system for the evaluation of different agronomical practices (such as fertilization and agrochemicals application), machinery systems, and management practices that can be applied in each one of the individual crops within the production system

Keywords:energy cost; energy balance; efficiency of energy;
Subjects:H Engineering > H220 Environmental Engineering
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G500 Information Systems
H Engineering > H650 Systems Engineering
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G200 Operational Research
Divisions:College of Science > National Centre for Food Manufacturing > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
ID Code:39221
Deposited On:23 Dec 2019 09:39

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