African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6638

Full Length Research Paper

Analysis of biogas production in Turkey utilising three different materials and two scenarios

Yahya Ulusoy1*, A. Hilal UlukardeÅŸler1, Halil Ünal2 and Kamil AlibaÅŸ2
1UludaÄŸ University, Vocational School of Technical Sciences, Agricultural Machinery Program, Turkey. 2UludaÄŸ University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Machinery, 16059, Bursa, Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 07 September 2009
  •  Published: 31 October 2009

Abstract

It is a reality for many developing countries, such as Turkey, that a lack of comprehensive evaluation of agricultural and animal potentials can prevent these sectors from becoming optimised to its maximum economical efficiency. Very high input costs, especially for fuel, fertiliser and electricity, result in decreased production; in combination with increased production costs, these are typical reasons for lack of market expansion, with neither the agricultural sector nor the agricultural industry functioning efficiently. Therefore, utilisation of agricultural and animal wastes and biogas, obtained from fermentation of organic fertiliser, has great future potential, as removal of these substances can otherwise be a serious problem. In this study, we evaluated two different scenarios for biogas and energy production in Turkey: the utilisation of waste from tomato and pea paste production and the utilisation of cattle manure.

 

Key words: Biogas, agricultural waste, animal waste, tomato waste, pea waste.