Feasibility analysis of utilizing swine manure as an energy source in Southwest Taiwan

S. C. Yeh, J. C. Chen*, Y. L. Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Swine manure is one of the main sources for generating biogas. A well designed biomass-to-energy system is meaningful in low carbon power generation, pollution prevention, and greenhouse gas reduction. In this study, a semi-centralized biomass-to-energy system for transforming swine manure to electricity was proposed and the potential of being cost-effective was examined. Geographic Information Systems with agglomerative hierarchical clustering as the algorithm were employed to identify the cooperative areas and the cover years in a conservative and an optimistic scenario were calculated. In southwest Taiwan, where over 70% of the swine heads were raised, it was found that collecting high dry matter swine manure within 40km returned better performance than that for collecting low dry matter swine manure within 10km.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-243
Number of pages15
JournalEnergy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan


  • Taiwan
  • agglomerative hierarchical clustering
  • biomass-to-energy
  • centralized system
  • swine manure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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