Title: Assessment of the availability of Agricultural and Forest Residues for Bioenergy Production in Romania
Citation: BIOMASS & BIOENERGY vol. 35 no. 5 p. 1195 - 2005
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC53438
ISSN: 0961-9534
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0961953411000729
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.01.057
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper provides a resource-based assessment of availability of biomass resources for energy production in Romania, at NUTS-3 level. The estimation of available biomass includes the residues generated from crop production, pruning of vineyards and orchards, forestry operations and wood processing. The estimation of crop residue availability considers several site-specific factors such as crop yields, multi-annual yield variation, environmental constraints and competitive uses. The evaluation of agricultural residues was based on specific residue to product ratios, depending on crop type and crop yield. An estimate of pruning residues is proposed, based on current orchard and vineyard areas and specific ratios of residues. Woody biomass considers forest and forestry residues (including firewood) and wood processing by-products, taking into account the type and share of the unused part of the tree biomass and technical and economic aspects, including availability and competitive use. The amount of agricultural and forest residues available for bioenergy in Romania was estimated at 228.1 PJ on average, of which 137.1 PJ was from annual crop residues, 17.3 PJ residues from permanent crops and 73.7 PJ/year from forestry residues, firewood and wood processing by-products. The biomass availability shows large annual and spatial variations, between 135.6 and 320.0 PJ, due to the variation in crop production and forestry operations. This variation, which is even larger at the NUTS-3 level, if not properly considered may result in shortages in biomass supply in some years, when biomass is available in a lower amount than the average.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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