Oilseed Rape straw as a biomass fuel source

A two page technical note outlining the targets for renewable energy, including the need for biomass fuels and the potential shown by Oilseed Rape straw (OSR) as an agricultural waster biomass fuel.

Year of Publication2009

A two page technical note explaining the background to a Douglas Bomford Trust and the Claas Foundation sponsored research project underway at Harper Adams to determine whether Oilseed Rape (OSR) straw pellets present a suitable and economically viable alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Oilseed Rape (OSR) straw shows considerable promise as a crop residue biomass fuel. Being an agricultural waste product, it offers a significant environmental benefit in the food versus fuel debate that has arisen from the increasing use of energy crops such as Miscanthus. It also offers the opportunity to increase the gross margin of the OSR crop. Sections covered are: the need for alternatives to fossil fuels, biomass, OSR straw as a biomass crop, the bulk density challenge: straw pellets, the biomass feasibility project at Harper Adams, energy balance of pellet production and effects of storage.

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canolarapeseed oilpr034osrdouglas bomford trustbiofuelclaas stiftungclaas foundationrenewable energyclimate change
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