Biokenaf: A European Network for the biomass production chain of the kenaf

Efthymia Alexopoulou, Salvatore Luciano Cosentino, Nikolaos Danalatos, Gianpietro Venturi, Ana Luísa Almaça da Cruz Fernando, J. L. Tenorio, G. Gosse, S. Lips, D. van Berg, R. Heaton

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The Biokenaf project will contribute to the implementation of three main EU policies, the Common Agricultural Policy, the Agenda 2000 and the White Paper. In this view of these policies, the financial feasibility ofthe non-food crops production will increase, while the diversification of land use and sustainability of farm incomesshould be ensured. Although kenaf has been accepted (from 1993) by EU a high yielding “non-food crop” for fiber production the research on kenaf has been focused strictly on its use for the paper/pulp industry, while the yieldingpotential of the crop is not defined. Hardly any research has been directed towards the other industrial uses of thecrop as well as the energy exploitation of it, in spite of the favourable characteristics of kenaf feedstock and its highbiomass yields. This project with its integrated approach aims at the sustainable yielding potential, the alternativeindustrial bio-products as well as the energy exploitation of kenaf. A dynamic crop-growth simulation model will bedeveloped and will be a useful tool for yields prediction. Following an environmental and economic assessment willprovide insight in the feasibility of kenaf for industrial and energy applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomass for energy, industry and climate protection
Subtitle of host publication14th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition ; proceedings of the international conference held in Paris, France, 17 - 21 October 2005
Place of PublicationFlorence
PublisherETA-Florence Renewable Energies
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)88-89407-07-7, 9788889407073
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Event14th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition - Paris, France
Duration: 17 Oct 200521 Oct 2005


Conference14th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition


  • kenaf
  • industrial products
  • biomass production
  • energy
  • yields


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