Switchgrass [electronic resource] : A Valuable Biomass Crop for Energy / edited by Andrea Monti.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: Green Energy and Technology: Publisher: London : Springer London : Imprint: Springer, 2012Description: X, 210 p. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781447129035Subject(s): Engineering | Agriculture | Renewable energy sources | Sustainable development | Engineering | Renewable and Green Energy | Renewable and Green Energy | Agriculture | Sustainable DevelopmentAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 621.042 LOC classification: TJ807-830Online resources: Click here to access online
Foreword -- Preface -- 1. The Evolution of Switchgrass as an Energy Crop -- 2. Switchgrass Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics -- 3. Crop Physiology -- 4. Crop Management of Switchgrass -- 5. Switchgrass Harvest and Storage -- 6. Environmental Impacts of Switchgrass Management for Bioenergy Production -- 7. Biochemical and Thermochemical Conversion of Switchgrass to Biofuels -- 8. Estimating Region Specific Costs to Produce and Deliver Switchgrass -- Index.
The demand of renewable energies is growing steadily both from policy and from industry which seeks environmentally friendly feed stocks. The recent policies enacted by the EU, USA and other industrialized countries foresee an increased interest in the cultivation of energy crops; there is clear evidence that switchgrass is one of the most promising biomass crop for energy production and bio-based economy and compounds. Switchgrass: A Valuable Biomass Crop for Energy provides a comprehensive guide to switchgrass in terms of agricultural practices, potential use and markets, and environmental and social benefits. Considering this potential energy source from its biology, breed and crop physiology to its growth and management to the economical, social and environmental impacts, Switchgrass: A Valuable Biomass Crop for Energy brings together chapters from a range of experts in the field, including a foreword from Kenneth P. Vogel, to collect and present the environmental benefits and characteristics of this a crop whit the potential to mitigate the risks of global warming by replacing fossil fuels. Including clear figures and tables to support discussions, Switchgrass: A Valuable Biomass Crop for Energy provides a solid reference for anyone with interest or investment in the development of bioenergy; researchers policy makers and stakeholders will find this a key resource.