Forages as sources of energy : comparison of three methods of production, with their consequences and opportunities


  • Ghysel, F. , Godin, B. , Flamin, C. , Delfosse, P. , Delcarte, J. & Stilmant, D. (2010). Forages as sources of energy : comparison of three methods of production, with their consequences and opportunities. Fourrages, 203: 163-173.
Type Journal Article
Year 2010
Title Forages as sources of energy : comparison of three methods of production, with their consequences and opportunities
Journal Fourrages
Edition Journal Article
Recnumber 20
Volume 203
Pages 163-173
Abstract In view of the development of renewable energies, certain forage crops may be contemplated as sources of them. Such an option is under the influence of several factors, related or not to agriculture, which are of interest to analyse at the outset. The three main ways of producing energy from the bio-mass (combustion, bio-methanization and through second-generation bio-ethanol) are described; their main characteristics, weaknesses and yields from various crops are then analysed on the basis of data from the literature and from several studies undertaken in the ‘Grande Région’, a large area in Belgium and across the Belgian borders. Although a summary comparison of the performances of energy production is possible, the environmental, economic and societal aspects have to be further studied and confirmed within the relevant socio-economic context.
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Authors Ghysel, F. , Godin, B. , Flamin, C. , Delfosse, P. , Delcarte, J. & Stilmant, D.