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Title: Assessment of Feedstock Options for Biofuels Production in Ghana
Authors: Kemausuor, Francis
Oppong Akowuah, Joseph
Ofori, Emmanuel
Keywords: Biofuels
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Journal of Sustainable Bioenergy Systems
Abstract: In the wake of climate change and increasing fossil fuel prices, biofuels are becoming attractive to agricultural depend- ent economies in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions of the world. This study evaluates the energy production poten- tial of biomass resources grown on the available arable agricultural land under two principal scenarios: using 2.5% and 5% of the available arable land for energy crop expansion. Using conservative biofuel yields from crops in the sub-re- gion, a 2.5% of uncultivated arable land dedicated to four traditional crops grown in Ghana namely maize, cassava, sweet sorghum and oil palm could potentially replace 9.3% and 7.2% of transportation fuels by 2020 and 2030 respec- tively. Using 5% of the uncultivated arable land to cultivate the above four crops and jatropha could potentially produce biofuel to replace 17.3% of transport fuels by 2020 and 13.3% by 2030. In order to enrol such a scheme, government is encouraged to put in place appropriate structures to ensure that, the industry meet international sustainability standards.
Description: This article is published in Journal of Sustainable Bioenergy Systems and also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jsbs.2013.32017
URI: 10.4236/jsbs.2013.32017
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