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Bioenergy Status of Sharavathi River Basin, Western Ghats, India

Ramachandra, TV and Sreekantha, * and Purnima, GB (2007) Bioenergy Status of Sharavathi River Basin, Western Ghats, India. In: Bioenergy .

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Abstract

Most of the developing countries including India depend heavily on bioenergy and it accounts for about 15% of the global energy usage. Its role in meeting a region’s requirement has increased the interest of assessing the status of biomass availability in a region. The present work deals with the bioenergy status in the Linganamakki reservoir catchment of the Sharavathi river basin, Western Ghats,India, by assessing the energy supply and sector wise energy consumption. The study reveals that majority of the households (92.17%) depend on fuelwood for their domestic energy needs with the per capita fuelwood consumption of 1.2 tonnes/year, which is higher than the national average (0.7 tonnes/year). This higher dependence on fuelwood has contributed to the degradation of forests,resulting in scarcity of bioresources necessitating exploration of viable energy alternatives to meet the growing energy demand.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Bioenergy;Biostatus;Energy alternatives;Biogas;Sustainable Energy.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 10:03
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2011 10:03
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/41209

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