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10-14-2019
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SIDecA – Sida: Intelligent Densified Energy Carriers for Austria


Synopsis

The central aim of the SIDecA project is to optimise the production of Sida hermaphrodita (L.) Rusby as an energy crop and to develop scenarios for producing energy from it. By working holistically on several steps along the process chain, it is possible to create a feedstock with maximal energy yield. Rapid ground coverage (stand establishment), optimised cultivation, increased energy density and high energy yield (from the different fuels) will increased the attractiveness, competitiveness and affordability of this new renewable resource.



Summary

Sida hermaphrodita (L.) Rusby is a fairly new energy plant in Austria, but it shows great potential that has not previously been researched sufficiently. The central aim of the SIDecA project is to make this plant a competitive renewable resource and to develop optimised scenarios for producing energy from it. This project is a cooperation between the biogas group of the BOKU Institute for agrobiotechnology (IFA) and the BOKU Division of Agronomy, as well as the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), the centre of competence Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH, three environmental engineering companies and one agricultural company. Various steps along the process chain will be investigated. The cultivation will be optimised specifically for use as an energy crop, and the plant material will be processed to make it a good renewable resource for bioenergy. Bioenergy can be produced from sida by combustion, conversion to biogas or conversion to bioalcohol. The biogas group will mainly work on optimising biogas and bioalcohol production from sida.


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