E3S Web Conf.
Volume 23, 2017World Renewable Energy Congress-17
|Number of page(s)||16|
|Published online||20 November 2017|
Pine Needles as Potential Energy Feedstock: Availability in the Central Himalayan State of Uttarakhand, India
Mechanical Engineering Department Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110016 (India)
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The amount of pine needles (pinus roxburgii) potentially available for use as energy feedstock in the Central Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in India has been estimated. It involves estimating the gross annual amount of pine needle yield followed by a comprehensive identification and quantification of the factors that affect the net annual pine needle yield available as energy feedstock. These factors include considerations such as accessibility, alternative uses, forest fires, other losses, etc., that are influenced by aspects ranging from physical constraints to traditional societal traits. Tree canopy cover method has been used for estimating the gross annual pine needle yield. The information on canopy density is obtained from remote sensing data, that forms the basis for forest classification. The annual gross pine needle yield has been estimated at 1.9 million tonnes while the annual net pine needle yield at 1.33 million tonnes. The annual primary energy potential of pine needles available as energy feedstock has also been estimated. For annual net energy potential estimation, thermal and electrical routes are considered. Electrical energy generation from pine needles using thermochemical conversion has been examined and the corresponding potential for electricity generation been estimated. An installed capacity of 789 MW can be supported with pine needles feedstock for supplying electricity in rural areas for five hours a day. For round the clock generation, an installed capacity of 165 MW can be supported by the pine needle energy feedstock.
Key words: Pine needle gasification / Gross annual yield / Factors affecting availability as energy feed-stock / Primary and net energy delivery potential
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