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Characterization of Biomass using Hyperspectral Imaging Techniques

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1008837.(doi:10.13031/2013.29735)
Authors:   Colm D Everard, Kevin P McDonnell, Colette C Fagan
Keywords:   Hyperspectral Imaging, Biomass, Moisture, Carbon, Ash.

Production of sustainable and affordable energy is a major challenge that faces economies worldwide. Increasing the proportion of renewable energies, such as biomass, within our energy supply plays an important role in decreasing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. However energy crops and agricultural crop residues are inherently heterogeneous which stresses the need for rapid characterization methods. Development of sensors to predict biomass quality in real time will facilitate optimization of biomass-to-energy conversion processes.

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