Economic and Energetic Analysis of Biomass Production Systems by Means of Web Application: The Giant Reed Case

P. Busato, A. Sopegno, D. Bochtis & R. Berruto
The production of 2nd generation bioethanol has reached a pilot stage. Some bioethanol plants are under construction around the world. Among them, one is being built in North-West of Italy by Chemtex. The planned yearly production is 40,000 t/year of bioethanol. The crop being selected as biomass is the Giant Reed (Arundo donax), that is a perennial crop; do not require irrigation and its cultivation require much less inputs than corn for biomass. Farmers need...