Assessing the Availability of Biomass Residues for Energy Conversion: Promotors and Constraints

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The demand of biomass for energy production purposes will further increase over the coming years. For future attempts of implementing a sustainable energy system based on renewable energy carriers, agricultural residues are seen as a high-ranked option. This chapter presents background information for the biomass market in the European Union (EU), and the economic and ecological potential of straw as bioethanol feedstock is evaluated considering influencing factors for straw from being a residue to become a resource.


European Union Soil Organic Carbon Wheat Straw Agricultural Residue Conversion Pathway 
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The support of this work by the association Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University and the funding under the Regional Competitiveness Programme 2007–2013 Upper Austria from the European Regional Development Fund and by the state of Upper Austria is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Energy InstituteJohannes Kepler UniversityLinzAustria

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