African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6786

Full Length Research Paper

Energy analysis of main residual biomass in Croatia

Tajana Kricka, Nikola Bilandzija*, Vanja Jurisic, Neven Voca and Ana Matin
Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb, Svetošimunska cesta 25, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 06 September 2012
  •  Published: 20 December 2012


This paper examines the total quantities of combustible (carbon, hydrogen, and sulphur) and non-combustible matters (oxygen, nitrogen, moisture, and ash) contained in biomass of all major forest crops (oak, beech-tree, maple, yoke elm and fir), woody horticultural crops (apple, grapevine, sour-cherry, plum, and hazelnut) and arable crops (wheat, soybean, rapeseed, and sunflower) in the territory of Croatia. Also, in addition to briquette production, pelleting is the most often used technology in the biomass treatment. For this purpose, pellets were produced from these sorts of biomass and analyzed according to DINplus standard requirements (durability, bulk density, diameter, length, ash content, nitrogen content, sulphur content, chlorine content, volatiles content, coke content, fixed carbon content and lower energy value).


Key words: Renewable energy sources, agricultural biomass, forest biomass, pellets