Handbook on Biofuels
About this eBook
PREFACE India is facing energy crisis due to depletion of non renewable fossil fuel reserves. In this scenario renewable sources of energy have to play an important role in years to come. Biomass specially that based on agriculture and forestry in this respect is expected to play a major role particularly in India. The efficient utilization of farm and forestry waste through appropriate technologies in the rural sector will provide ample opportunities for rural employment and income generation besides energy generation and saving of environment. The winter school aims to address the issues related that would help the participating scientists teachers in updating their knowledge in the area of efficient utilization of farm waste for energy generation. This compendium has been prepared to provide the teaching material to the participants of this winter school. It contains the lecture notes delivered by the expert scientist related to advanced technique of biomethanation, biogasification, briquetting, electricity generation from biomethanation and producer gas routes etc. The comprehensive contents of this compendium have been planned with a definite purpose. Therefore, I am sure that this attempt will go a long way in helping farmers, extension workers, students, agricultural scientists, agricultural engineers, administrators and planners of our country and abroad in their efforts for integrated rural development. I am grateful to Dr. V. M. Mayande, Vice Chancellor, Dr. PDKV, Akola for support and inspiration for conducting this winter school. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for providing financial assistance and giving this opportunity to conduct the winter school. Thanks are due to the Dr. P. M. Nimkar, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Prof. S. R. Gadge, Head, Deptt. of Unconventional Energy Sources Electrical Engineering for guidance, constant encouragement, provision of required facilities and active involvement in organizing this winter school. I hope this compendium will provide a valuable source of information and will help to lead further advancement in utilization of farm waste.