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Appropriate Technologies for Conversion of Jute Biomass into Energy

By Laxmikanta Nayak, Deb Prasad Ray and Vidya Bhushan Shambhu


Abstract-- Energy is the key input for technological, industrial and socio-economic development of a Nation. The technology of deriving energy from renewable bio-resources has been receiving much attention globally. Jute stick, agrowaste and jute caddies, mill waste are potential raw materials for generation of bio-energy. Jute stick, the woody biomass constitutes about 40 percent of the green plant with an annual production of 4.0 million tons; where as, jute industry generates 40,000 tons of processing waste as by-product, commonly known as jute caddies. Both jute stick and jute caddies are traditionally used as fuels for cooking in rural community and feed material in boilers in jute mills for direct combustion. Such combustion leads to enormous air pollution and burning with poor thermal efficiency due to low bulk density. An attempt was made to prepare briquettes from jute sticks and jute caddies with improved thermal efficiency. The briquettes developed were characterized for their energy values and other fuel parameters

Topics: Energy, Jute stick, Jute caddies, Briquetting
Year: 2013
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