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Land availability and biomass production potential in India

Sudha, P and Ravindranath, NH (1999) Land availability and biomass production potential in India. In: Biomass and Bioenergy, 16 (3). pp. 207-221.

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In this paper we have assessed the availability of land and the potential for biomass production in India to meet various demands for biomass, including modern bioenergy. This is estimated by considering the various demands on land and its suitability. The biomass production potential of energy plantations is assessed for different agroecological zones. The total woody biomass production is estimated to be 321 Mt, based on biomass productivity in the range 2 to 17 t/ha/yr for the different agro-ecological zones and considering the conservative estimate of 43 Mha land availability for biomass production. A surplus of 231 Mt of biomass (after meeting the increased demand for fuelwood and timber by the year 2010) is estimated to be available for energy, which has an electricity generation potential of 231 TWh. As a first step, only the feasible physical potential of biomass production is assessed, along with an analysis of barriers. The potential costs and benefits of biomass production strategy are not analysed. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Biomass and Bioenergy
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Biomass production;Bioenergy;Electricity;Eucalyptus; India;Land availability
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 10:10
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 10:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/38599

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