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Biomass Production from Crops Residues: Ranking of Agro-Energy Regions

Christina Moulogianni () and Thomas Bournaris ()
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Christina Moulogianni: Department of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 541 24, Greece
Thomas Bournaris: Department of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 541 24, Greece

Energies, 2017, vol. 10, issue 7, 1-12

Abstract: The aim of the paper is to rank the agro-energy regions according to their potentials of biomass production in the Region of Central Macedonia (RCM). For this reason, a model of Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCDA) is developed with the ELimination and Et Choix Traduisant la REalite (ELECTRE) ΙΙΙ method, with the construction of outranking relations. The aim is to compare in a comprehensive way each pair of action, in our case the agro-energy regions of the RCM, in order to satisfy the main goal which is to rank the seven regions as regards their biomass production. The final goal is to select the optimal crop plan as a pilot case for biomass production in the region. In the case of ELECTRE III multicriteria model, we used several conflicting criteria such as the farm income, the biomass production from crop residues, the variable costs, and the production of thermal energy and electrical energy. Alongside a technical and economic analysis of the study area is conducted for the existent crop plans of each agro-energy region. The results show that agro-energy regions with cereals and arable crops have better results than regions with fruit trees and other crops.

Keywords: biomass production; multicriteria model; ELECTRE III (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q4 Q40 Q41 Q42 Q43 Q47 Q48 Q49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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