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Economics of Willow Pyrolysis After Phytoextraction

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The Campine is a vast cross-border area in the northeast of Belgium and southeast of the Netherlands that has been contaminated with heavy metals. As traditional excavation techniques are too expensive, phytoremediation is preferred. Economically viable conversion techniques for the biomass are researched in order to lower reclamation costs and to guarantee the income of the local farmers, mainly cultivating roughage for dairy cattle rearing. Energy generation by means of pyrolysis of willow from short-rotation coppice seems to be very interesting. This article aims to search for the maximum possible biomass price so that the net present value of the profits stemming from energy conversion based on pyrolysis is at least positive.
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Keywords: cost-benefit analysis; net present value; phytoremediation; pyrolysis; sensitivity analysis; short-rotation coppice; willow

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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