Biomass for Energy in the Developing Countries - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080286891, 9781483138626

Biomass for Energy in the Developing Countries

1st Edition

Current Role, Potential, Problems, Prospects

Authors: D. O. Hall G. W. Barnard P. A. Moss
eBook ISBN: 9781483138626
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1982
Page Count: 254
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Biomass for Energy in the Developing Countries: Current Role, Potential, Problems, Prospects focuses on biomass energy and its importance to developing countries. This book outlines the reality that supply can no longer meet the demand of this form of energy. This fact is particularly observed in the rising price of oil, which is a prime source of energy for developing countries. Relative to this, a need to look for indigenous energy sources is urgent to sustain development in these countries. This book emphasizes that biomass energy utilization differs among developing countries, which shows the variance in energy needs. This text also notes that the pattern of biomass energy use in such countries is related to agriculture and also has cultural, economic, and social linkages. Biomass energy is also considered an important aspect in rural development and as a replacement for petroleum products. With the impending shortage of biomass energy, schemes are now being developed to sustain the use of this energy in household and industry settings, which is emphasized in the development of equipment considered energy efficient. People who are concerned with the development and implementation of programs aimed at conserving biomass energy and in the search of alternative energy can use this book as a reference.

Table of Contents

Summary and Conclusions



Alphabetical Index of Main Topics

List of Figures

List of Tables

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Background

1.2 Objectives

Chapter 2 The Present Role of Biomass Energy

2.1 Global Perspective

2.2 Characteristics of Biomass Energy Utilization

2.3 Summary of Energy Use Surveys

Chapter 3 Energy Needs in Developing Countries

3.1 Domestic Energy Needs

3.2 Energy for Rural Development

3.3 Energy for Petroleum Replacement

Chapter 4 Biomass Energy Options

4.1 Background

4.2 Biomass Production

4.2.1 Presently Available Biomass Resources

4.2.2 Energy Crops

4.3 Biomass Utilization

4.3.1 Biomass Conversion Systems

4.3.2 End-Use Systems

Chapter 5 Overall System Options

5.1 Domestic Energy Needs

5.2 Energy for Rural Development

5.3 Energy for Petroleum Replacement

Chapter 6 Implementation

6.1 Implementation Experience to Date

6.2 General Features of Developing Countries Relevant to Implementation of Biomass Energy Schemes

6.2.1 Micro-Level Social and Economic Factors

6.2.2 Infrastructural and Macro-Level Considerations

6.3 Implementation—A Positive Approach

6.3.1 Underlying Problems and Possible Solutions

6.3.2 Requirements for Effective Implementation

Chapter 7 General Policy Considerations

7.1 Biomass Energy and Development Policy

7.2 Research and Development Needs

7.3 Opportunities for Collaboration

7.4 Final Comments


Units and Conversion Factors

List of References

General Texts Recommended for Further Reading

Appendix A Data on Biomass Energy Use

1. Village Energy Studies

2. National Energy Studies

3. Addenda: Recent Information on Received

Appendix B Institutions Involved in Alternative Energy Research


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About the Author

D. O. Hall

Affiliations and Expertise

King's College, London, UK

G. W. Barnard

P. A. Moss

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