Energy Plant Species - Their use and impact on environment
N. El Bassam
James and James
334 Pages ISBN 9781873936757
Today, it is estimated that more than two billion people worldwide
lack access to modern energy resources. Although we know that energy
is absolutely essential for development, relatively little attention
has been devoted to this matter at national and international levels.
The magnitude of energy consumed per capita has become one of the
indicators of the 'modernization' and progress of a country. Thus
energy issues and policies have been strongly concerned with
increasing the supply of energy. The strategic and environmental
consequences of energy consumption patterns have been neglected for a
long time. The world continues to seek energy to satisfy its needs
without giving consideration to the social, environmental, economic
and security impacts of energy use.
Many of the crises on our planet arise from the desire to secure
supplies of raw materials, particularly energy sources, at low prices.
The pressure will become even greater as fossil energy feedstocks and
uranium are depleted. Although some of these resources might last a
little longer than predicted, especially if additional reserves are
discovered, the main problem of 'scarcity' will remain, and this
represents the greatest challenge to humanity.
It is now clear that current approaches to energy are unsustainable
and not renewable. Of all renewable energy sources generally the
largest contribution, especially in the short and medium range, is
expected to come from biomass. Fuels derived from energy crops are not
only potentially renewable, but are also sufficiently similar in
origin to the fossil fuels (which also began as biomass) to provide
direct substitution. They can be converted into a wide variety of
energy carriers using existing and novel conversion technologies, and
thus have the potential to be significant new sources of energy into
the twenty-first century.
This book deals with various aspects related to the potential of
energy plant species that can be grown on plantations for production
of fuel feedstocks, and with appropriate upgrading and conversion
technologies, along with their environmental, economic and social
dimensions. Most grateful thanks are due to B. Prochnow who did the
most arduous and time consuming work of preparing the manuscript. I
would also like to thank S.G. Agong, W. Bacher, C. Baldelli, D.G.
Christian, L. Dajue, C.D. Dalianis, W. Elbersen, J. Fernandez, A.K.
Gupta, K.Jakob, S.F. Khalifa, V. Petrikova, A. Riedacker, S. Roy, and
M. Satin for providing contributions, as well as S. Klahr and A. Voges
for their efforts in providing additional information.
I wish and hope that this book will contribute to the increase in
interest and understanding in the vital economic and social roles of
biomass to meet the growing demand for energy and to face the future
challenges of limited fossil fuel reserves and global warming.
Table of Contents
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- Basic Elements of Biomass Accumulation
- Harvesting, Transportation and Storage
- Conversion Technologies
- Environmental Impact
- Economic and Social Dimensions
- Prospects for Renewable Energy
Part I - References
- Energy Plant Species
agriculture & forestry
: environmental science
: non-food crops
: plant science
: renewable energy