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Valorisation of urban green areas for producing renewable energy and biochar as growing substrate of Sicilian aromatic and nutraceutical species in a circular economy
Journal Title: RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA' 
Author/s: Antonio Comparetti, Carlo Greco, Mammano Michele Massimo, Navickas Kestutis, Orlando Santo, Venslauskas Kestutis 
Year:  2019 Issue: 2 Suppl. Language: English 
Pages:  16 Pg. 299-314 FullText PDF:  396 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RISS2019-002-S1019
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This work is aimed at evaluating the possible building up of a gasifier for the energy valorisation of residual biomass deriving from urban areas and their surroundings. The area and the volumes of supply and economic convenience have been determined by implementing a GIS-based geographic method to the localisation and quantification of non-uniform elements of plant biomass. The pyrolysis and gasification processes of the lignocellulosic biomass obtained from pruning and maintenance operations of the urban and ornamental green include the production of a residual amount of biochar. The biochar can be used in agriculture as a soil improver and a substrate alternative to peat in the sustainable production of Sicilian aromatic and nutraceutical species grown in pots within a circular economy.
Keywords: Sustainable development, renewable energy sources, biomass, green areas, aromatic species, nutraceutical species.

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Antonio Comparetti, Carlo Greco, Mammano Michele Massimo, Navickas Kestutis, Orlando Santo, Venslauskas Kestutis, in "RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA'" 2 Suppl./2019, pp. 299-314, DOI:10.3280/RISS2019-002-S1019

   

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