Feasibility of Agave as a feedstock for biofuel production in Australia

Holtum, Joseph, and Chambers, Don (2010) Feasibility of Agave as a feedstock for biofuel production in Australia. Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation, Canberra.

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Abstract

Demand is increasing for alternative sources of energy that are secure and produce less greenhouse gas and generate fewer pollutants than fossil fuels. One such energy source is ethanol. Of the new crops or cellulosic processes proposed for ethanol production, Agave tequilana is the only crop that is ready to go into the ground now – cultivars, agronomic systems and fermentation technologies have been developed during two hundred years of cultivation for tequila production. This RIRDC study assesses the feasibility of growing Agave tequilana Weber in Australia as a feedstock for the sustainable production of ethanol. The report introduces A. Tequilana, detailing why the crop may be of interest in Australia. Information on the biological and agronomic attributes of the crop is collated and potential sites of cultivation identified. An agronomic system is then proposed and costed

Item ID: 15163
Item Type: Book (Non-Commercial)
ISBN: 978-1-74254-075-7
ISSN: 1440-6845
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2011 22:47
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070304 Crop and Pasture Biomass and Bioproducts @ 100%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850501 Biofuel (Biomass) Energy @ 80%
82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820303 Plant Extract Crops (e.g. Pyrethrum, Jojoba) @ 20%
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