Energies 2013, 6(9), 4418-4428; doi:10.3390/en6094418
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Assessment of Potential Capacity Increases at Combined Heat and Power Facilities Based on Available Corn Stover and Forest Logging Residues

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Received: 4 July 2013; in revised form: 14 August 2013 / Accepted: 15 August 2013 / Published: 26 August 2013
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Abstract: Combined Heat and Power (CHP) production using renewable energy sources is gaining importance because of its flexibility and high-energy efficiency. Biomass materials, such as corn stover and forestry residues, are potential sources for renewable energy for CHP production. In Mississippi, approximately 4.0 MT dry tons of woody biomass is available annually for energy production. In this study, we collected and analyzed 10 years of corn stover data (2001–2010) and three years of forest logging residue data (1995, 1999, and 2002) in each county in Mississippi to determine the potential of these feed stocks for sustainable CHP energy production. We identified six counties, namely Amite, Copiah, Clarke, Wayne, Wilkinson and Rankin, that have forest logging residue feedstocks to sustain a CHP facility with a range of capacity between 8.0 and 9.8 MW. Using corn stover alone, Yazoo and Washington counties can produce 13.4 MW and 13.5 MW of energy, respectively. Considering both feedstocks and based on a conservative amount of 30% available forest logging residue and 33% corn stover, we found that 20 counties have adequate supply for a CHP facility with a capacity of 8.3 MW to 19.6 MW.
Keywords: combined heat and power; sustainability; corn stover; forest logging residue; GIS
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Radhakrishnan, S.; Paz, J.O.; Yu, F.; Eksioglu, S.; Grebner, D.L. Assessment of Potential Capacity Increases at Combined Heat and Power Facilities Based on Available Corn Stover and Forest Logging Residues. Energies 2013, 6, 4418-4428.

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Radhakrishnan S, Paz JO, Yu F, Eksioglu S, Grebner DL. Assessment of Potential Capacity Increases at Combined Heat and Power Facilities Based on Available Corn Stover and Forest Logging Residues. Energies. 2013; 6(9):4418-4428.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Radhakrishnan, Selvarani; Paz, Joel O.; Yu, Fei; Eksioglu, Sandra; Grebner, Donald L. 2013. "Assessment of Potential Capacity Increases at Combined Heat and Power Facilities Based on Available Corn Stover and Forest Logging Residues." Energies 6, no. 9: 4418-4428.

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