Preprint Article Version 1 This version is not peer-reviewed

Potential Energy Production from Citrus Pulp and Olive Pomace: A Case Study in a Region of Mediterranean Basin

Version 1 : Received: 2 March 2018 / Approved: 2 March 2018 / Online: 2 March 2018 (13:11:14 CET)

How to cite: Valenti, F.; Porto, S.M.; Lanteri, P.; Arcidiacono, C. Potential Energy Production from Citrus Pulp and Olive Pomace: A Case Study in a Region of Mediterranean Basin. Preprints 2018, 2018030024 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201803.0024.v1). Valenti, F.; Porto, S.M.; Lanteri, P.; Arcidiacono, C. Potential Energy Production from Citrus Pulp and Olive Pomace: A Case Study in a Region of Mediterranean Basin. Preprints 2018, 2018030024 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201803.0024.v1).

Abstract

The necessity to investigate suitable alternatives to conventional fossil fuels has developed the interests in many renewable energy alternatives, especially biomass resources which are widely available and allow to reach both environmental and socio-economic improvements. Among the bioenergy solutions the anaerobic digestion technology makes it possible to produce biogas by reusing and valorising agricultural residues and by-products. In Southern Italy, to date, the development of biogas sector is still very limited, despite the importance of the agricultural sector, especially of citrus and olive cultivation. For this reason, in previous studies the availability of two by-products, i.e., citrus pulp and olive pomace, was analysed in order to choose the most suitable area for a sustainable development of new biogas plants according to the new Biogasdoneright concept. In this paper, after a resume of the multi-step methodology which allowed the computation of biogas production, it was demonstrated that 15.9 GWh-e electricity and 24.5 GWh-e heat per year could be generate by reusing only these two kind of by-products, and could satisfy approximate 17% of the total electricity demand of the agricultural sector (90.2 GWh-e/year) in Catania.

Subject Areas

by-products; biogas; Biogasdoneright; citrus pulp; olive pomace; GIS; indicators; biomass availability

Readers' Comments and Ratings (0)

Leave a public comment
Send a private comment to the author(s)
Rate this article
Views 0
Downloads 0
Comments 0
Metrics 0
Leave a public comment

×
Alerts
Notify me about updates to this article or when a peer-reviewed version is published.