Int. J. of Energy Technology and Policy   »   2013 Vol.9, No.2



Title: Estimation of possible energy contributions of crop residues in Nigeria


Authors: S.O. Jekayinfa; V. Scholz


Department of Agricultural Engineering, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, P.M.B. 4000, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria
Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering (ATB), Max-Eyth-Allee100, D – 14469 Potsdam, Germany


Abstract: This study applied a simple methodology to evaluate energy contribution of selected crop residues to the possible replacement of conventional sources of energy and their specific technologies based on Nigerian situations. Using this methodology, energy content, replacement energy value, energy cost and energy return of crop residue (kJ per kg dry matter) were considered. The cost estimates of these residues using 2008 crops production data vary from US$6.45/tonne to US$23.12/tonne, depending on the type of crop residue and the transportation distance. Estimation of values of energy from maize stover, cassava peels, millet stover and sorghum straw showed that about 30 million tonnes are energetically available in Nigeria in 2010 and could replace 1.05 PJ/year if they were used exclusively for heat generation by direct combustion, or 0.58 PJ/year if used in gasification processes to generate electricity and replace the energy currently supplied by the national grid.


Keywords: crop residues; energy content; replacement energy value; energy cost; monetary value; electricity generation; Nigeria; heat generation; maize stover; cassava peel; millet stover; sorghum straw; direct combustion; gasification.


DOI: 10.1504/IJETP.2013.058109


Int. J. of Energy Technology and Policy, 2013 Vol.9, No.2, pp.93 - 109


Date of acceptance: 23 May 2013
Available online: 08 Dec 2013



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