Sudhagar Mani

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Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a promising cellulosic biomass feedstock for biorefi neries and biofuel production. This paper reviews current and future potential technologies for production, harvest, storage, and transportation of switchgrass. Our analysis indicates that for a yield of 10 Mg ha –1 , the current cost of producing switch-grass (after(More)
Densification of switchgrass into consistent and high-density solid feedstock will reduce the cost of transport, handling, and storage to produce fuels and chemicals. Development a novel, low-cost densification technology is critical for reducing the delivered cost of feedstock while improving the bulk flow properties of densified products. In this paper, a(More)
A consistent, reliable and low cost biomass supply chain is crucial for a sustainable biorefinery. Spatial and temporal variations in biomass yield, weather risk, transport network, machine capacity significantly impacts logistics cost and supply chain performances. The objectives of the study are to develop a sustainable biomass supply chain modeling(More)
Mechanical densification is a process of transforming loose biomass into dense pellets. In this study, a wood pelleting plant was chosen to evaluate the total energy consumption, environmental emissions and cost of pellet production using different alternative fuels for the drying process. The fuels compared were natural gas, coal, dry and wet sawdust, and(More)
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