2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2008 - 11th Annual

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Changing Roles: Cultivating Perennial Weeds vs. Conventional Crops for Bio-energy Production. The Case of Cynara cardunculus

N.G. Danalatos
University of Thessaly, GR

cynara, cardoon, biomass, biofuel, pellets

Cardoon is a perennial, very deep-rooted weed of Mediterranean origin. If cultivated it produced under practically zero costs dry biomass yields of 12-16 t ha-1 rainfed ->25 t ha-1 (with 2-3 irrigations), ie. 6-8 toe for rainfed and >12.5 toe for supplementary irrigated crop, respectively. Thus, cardoon produces the cheapest biofuel comparing to all other energy crops known. Energy production cost is

Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract