An Opinion Poll for the Establishment of a Bioethanol Plant Utilizing Local Resources and a Fuzzy Inference System: An Advance Study
Sorghum bicolor (sweet sorghum) cultivation is currently one of the most promising energy crops for bioethanol production. A public opinion poll was conducted to determine whether or not a bioethanol plant should be built using local resources such as sweet sorghum cultivation and zeolite deposits. The heads of selected Trigono Municipality households gathered data (Evros, Greece). Face-to-face interviews and questionnaire filling were conducted using simple random sampling. It was estimated that 44,778-55,971 acres of sweet sorghum should be planted in order to produce enough bioethanol in a bioethanol plant capable of producing 120,000-150,000 tonnes of bioethanol per year. Furthermore, an optimal solution was estimated in this paper using Matlab’s Fuzzy Logic Toolbox (Intelligent system), which is formulated as follows: “the bioethanol plant absorbing the sweet sorghum output of a cultivating area of 46,600 acres and operating 12 hours/day will generate 125,000 tonnes of bioethanol annually.”
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Dr. M. N. Tsatiris
Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, Orestiada 68200, Greece.
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