publication . Thesis . 2018

Evaluating the use of renewable fuel sources to heat flue-cured tobacco barns

Brown, Robert T.;
Open Access
  • Published: 23 Mar 2018
  • Publisher: Virginia Tech
  • Country: United States
Abstract
The curing of flue-cured tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) is an energy intensive process and represents a significant portion of the overall cost of production. Given the goal of the industry to reduce the environmental footprint of tobacco production and the energy demand of curing, attention has been directed to explore options for the use of renewable fuels for heating tobacco barns. A two-year study conducted at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Center evaluated the effectiveness and cost of curing flue-cured tobacco with a wood pellet burner. Additionally, field studies were conducted to evaluate the feasibility of on-farm production of biomass fuel crops a...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: food and beverages
free text keywords: wood pellet, renewable fuel, flue-cured tobacco, biomass
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