Romero Cuadrado, Luis and Romero, M. and Cuadrado Ebrero, Maria Luisa and Fernandez Gonzalez, Jesus
The use of geographic information systems for the optimal location of biomass power plants in the Madrid Community (Spain).
"Applied Engineering in Agriculture", v. 31
This article has been extracted from the results of a thesis entitled “Potential bioelectricity production of the
Madrid Community Agricultural Regions based on rye and triticale biomass.” The aim was, first, to quantify the potential of rye (Secale Cereale L.) and triticale (
Triticosecale Aestivum L.) biomass in each of the Madrid Community agricultural regions, and second, to locate the
most suitable areas for the installation of power plants using biomass. At least 17,339.9 t d.m. of rye and triticale would be required to satisfy the biomass needs of a 2.2 MW power plant, (considering an efficiency of 21.5%, 8,000 expected operating hours/year and a biomass LCP of 4,060 kcal/kg for both crops), and 2,577 ha would be used (which represent 2.79% of the Madrid Community fallow dry land surface). Biomass yields that could be achieved in Madrid Community using 50% of the fallow dry land surface (46,150 ha representing 5.75% of the Community area), based on rye and triticale crops, are estimated at 84,855, 74,906, 70,109, 50,791, 13,481, and 943 t annually for the Campiña, Vegas, Sur Occidental, Área Metropolitana, Lozoya-Somosierra, and Guadarrama regions. The latter represents a bioelectricity potential of 10.77, 9.5, 8.9, 6.44, 1.71, and 0.12 MW, respectively.