Estimating bioenergy potentials of common African agricultural residues

Sune Tjalfe Thomsen, Zsófia Kádár, Jens Ejbye Schmidt

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Abstract

Asking a bioenergy researcher about the composition of wheat straw, he would know it by heart. But if enquiring about typical
African biomasses – it would be another case. Until now, biomasses common to African countries have not received the same
scientific attention as biomasses from Europe, North America or Brazil. For that reason, it is difficult to estimate bioenergy
potentials in the African region.
As a part of an on‐going research collaboration investigating production of 2g biofuels in Ghana, this study have analysed 13
common African agricultural residues: yam peelings, cassava peelings, cassava stalks, plantain peelings, plantain trunks, plantain
leaves, cocoa husks, cocoa pods, maize cobs, maize stalks, rice straw, groundnut straw and oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB).
This was done to establish detailed compositional mass balances, enabling estimations of accurate bioenergy potentials for
bioethanol and biogas. Furthermore, biomasses high in specific biomass constituents, such as hemicellulose or lignin, have
been identified for future biorefinery applications.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventThe 35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals - Portland OR, United States
Duration: 29 Apr 20132 May 2013

Conference

ConferenceThe 35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals
CountryUnited States
CityPortland OR
Period29/04/201302/05/2013

Bibliographical note

Authors: Sune Tjalfe Thomsen, Zsófia Kádár, Jens Ejbye Schmidt
Presented at: The 35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Portland OR, USA, 29 April to 2 May 2013

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