Feasibility study of pine needles as a potential source of bio-energyPantnagar Journal of Research, Volume - 20, Issue - 3 ( September-December 2022)
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The abundant availability of pine needles (Pinus roxburghii) resulted from continuous leaf shredding in pine forests of north Himalayan region. The summer forest fire in pine forests has devastating effects on local communities, cattle, wildlife, soil flora and fauna. The local communities conventionally use pine needles for fruit packaging and cattle bedding due to its lower biodegradability. The lower biodegradability results from higher lignin content of pine needle. The lignin content of biomass is also responsible for higher biochar yield upon thermochemical conversion. Therefore, the present study analyzes the potential application of pine needles for its thermochemical conversion into bio-fuel. The study asserts the suitability of pine needles for production of pyrolysis oil and biochar through thermochemical conversion.
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