ISSN: 1659-2751

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Determination of the Energy Potential of Pineapple (Ananas comosus) and Sugar Cane (Saccharum officinarum)

Abstract

As a possible solution to inadequate waste management, the energy potential that can be produced through agricultural residues was evaluated. Important crops such as pineapple and sugar cane were considered and the potential energy that can be generated from crop residues of these crops were evaluated. The experiment evaluated the potential energy that can be produced from biomass, biogas, and ethanol. The greatest potential was for biogas production from pineapple residues with 135 N mL/g VS of CH4, and in the case of sugarcane residues, biomass combustion with 17.0 kJ/g. The substrates were based on a conversion to tons of petroleum equivalent, where it was found that biomass combustion had greater potential energy.

Key words: bioethanol, biogas, biomass, sugar cane, pineapple, energy potential, residues.

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