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Evaluating the Marginal Land Resources Suitable for Developing Pistacia chinensis-Based Biodiesel in China

State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information Systems, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
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Energies 2012, 5(7), 2165-2177;
Received: 29 April 2012 / Revised: 14 June 2012 / Accepted: 26 June 2012 / Published: 29 June 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomass and Biofuels 2012)
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Bio-energy from energy plants is expected to play an increasing role in the future energy system, with benefits in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy security. Pistacia chinensis is believed to be one of the most promising non-food input for biodiesel production. This study focused on the marginal land availability for developing Pistacia chinensis-based bioenergy in China. The spatial distribution, quality and total amount of marginal land resources suitable for cultivating Pistacia chinensis were identified with multiple datasets (natural habitat, remote sensing-derived land use, meteorological and soil data) and geoinformatic techniques. The results indicate that the area of marginal land exploitable for Pistacia chinensis plantations in China is 19.90 million hectares, which may produce approximately 56.85 million tons of biodiesel each year. The spatial variation of both marginal land resources and biodiesel potential are also presented. The results can be useful for national and regional bio-energy planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: Pistacia chinensis; marginal land; biodiesel Pistacia chinensis; marginal land; biodiesel

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Lu, L.; Jiang, D.; Zhuang, D.; Huang, Y. Evaluating the Marginal Land Resources Suitable for Developing Pistacia chinensis-Based Biodiesel in China. Energies 2012, 5, 2165-2177.

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