Renewable Resource Utilization for Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080263380, 9781483148021

Renewable Resource Utilization for Development

1st Edition

Pergamon Policy Studies on International Development

Authors: Robert P. Morgan Larry J. Icerman
eBook ISBN: 9781483148021
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1981
Page Count: 424
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Renewable Resource Utilization for Development is a six-chapter text that covers the United States initiatives in field of appropriate, light-capital technology for renewable resource utilization. These initiatives include steps, policies, and programs that the U.S. government might take, adopt, or support to aid developing countries in utilizing appropriate technology for renewable resources for the benefit of the poor majority.

The first two chapters describe the technology, advances, design, and utilization of wind energy and biomass. The next chapter focuses on two applications of direct solar energy, namely, solar drying of crops and timber. Another chapter highlights the optimum processing and use of rice bran, which is an important postharvest and rural development problem for rice-growing developing countries. The final two chapters discuss the utilization of material and products based on agricultural wastes and natural fibers. These chapters also deal with the organizations and mechanisms for implementing the initiatives and with possible next steps to the U.S. initiatives.

This book is of value to economists and environmental pollution control researchers.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables



List of Acronyms

Chapter 1 Wind Energy Utilization

Wind Energy Applications and Needs

Wind Energy Technologies

Light-Capital Windmill Design Development Efforts

Wind Energy Applications Survey

2 Direct Biomass Utilization for Cooking

Needs and Applications for Improved Cookstoves

Cookstove Design Improvement Efforts

Cookstove Performance Characteristics

Fuel Use for Cooking

Firewood Production Programs

Cookstove Dissemination Efforts

3 Solar Crop and Timber Drying


Solar Grain Crop Drying: Needs and Applications

Solar Grain Crop Drying: Technologies

Solar Crop Drying: Non-Technical Aspects

Solar Timber Drying: Needs and Technology Applications

Solar Timber Drying: State-of-the-Art Review

Solar Timber Drying: Costs

Solar Timber Drying: Evaluation

4 Village-Level Rice Bran Processing and Utilization

Needs and Objectives

Nutritive Potential of Rice Bran

Pertinent Technologies

Uses for Bran and Bran Products

Uses for Rice Hulls

Economic and Government Policy Issues

System Concepts for Processing Rice Bran

Outline of a Research and Development Program

5 Materials and Products Based on Agricultural Wastes and Natural Fibers

Needs and Technological Initiatives

State-of-the-Art Review

Non-Technical Factors

Research and Development Initiatives

Organizations: Involvement and Capabilities

6 Initiatives, Organization, and Mechanisms


Summary of Studies in Five Topical Areas

Initiatives Based on Five Study Areas

Other Initiatives


Mechanisms for Implementation

Next Steps


A. VITA/CDT Panel Reports

B· Organizations Involved in Appropriate Technology for Renewable Resource Utilization

C. Monetary Exchange Rates


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors


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