From Agricultural Waste to Energy: Assessing the Bioenergy Potential of South-Central Texas Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper addresses the challenge of meeting increasing energy needs by assessing the potential of bioenergy as a sustainable resource option in South Central Texas. Available agricultural crop residues suitable for bioenergy production are evaluated from the 21 counties in South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Area (Region L). The residues produced and available for bioenergy are quantified according to the production areas for each field crop and tree area. Residue-to-product ratios of field crops are determined according to crop type and production quantity. Biomass potential of trees is calculated based on tree density and biomass production per tree. The results demonstrate that the potential productions of utilizable agricultural wastes are in the range of 898.7 t kt1421.39 kt for Region L. The average annual energy potential is estimated at 19.27 PJ, and ranges between 14.36 and 24.18 PJ. The average potential biomass-based electricity production could compensate significant amount of coal-based electricity generated in the Texas and when agricultural wastes are available.

published proceedings

  • Energies

altmetric score

  • 1.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Erturul, ., Daher, B., Erturul, G., & Mohtar, R.

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  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Ertuğrul, Ömer||Daher, Bassel||Ertuğrul, Gülden Özgünaltay||Mohtar, Rabi