Kenaf for a Sustainable Economy: Integrating Insulation Boards Production with Fossil Energy Savings

F. Correia & A.L. Fernando
The intention of this work was to evaluate the energy balance of cultivation and use of kenaf in the production of integrated thermal insulation boards based on life cycle analysis. Several scenarios were considered in this study. Two hypotheses were tested in the production of insulation boards: a) fully bark kenaf fiber-based, produced in Portugal b) incorporation of polyester into bark kenaf fiber. As the core fiber has a very high heat capacity, which can...