Producing energy pellets from dried animal waste and biomass Forestry and poultry, the top two income-producing agricultural commodities in Louisiana, generate significant quantities of waste that can be used for producing energy pellets or other value-added products such as soil amendments. The magnitude of waste from the poultry industry is the primary reason for concern. Because of the costs associated with hauling the material over long distances, poultry litter is often overapplied to nearby land, leading to excess nutrients and pathogens in runoff water. Therefore, generating energy from this waste and biomass is both economically logical and environmentally sustainable.
Environmental Life Cycle Assessment. The Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology that assesses environmental impacts and human risks from all of the steps in the production chain of a product or a service.
Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Fossil Energy Use and Eutrophication. The production of biofuels and commodity biochemicals relies mostly on fermentable carbohydrate from agricultural feedstocks. Choosing a low-environmental-impact feedstock for fermentable carbohydrate is an important part of establishing a sustainable biofuels and commodity-renewable chemical industry. This study looks at the environmental impact of energycane and sweet sorghum for use as biofuel/bioproduct crops.
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