Biofuel products from halophytic plants are valuable due to their high oil content and growth on non-productive, salt-affected lands. The northern part of Golestan Province has high potential for bio-fuel production from salt-tolerant plants such as Salicornia bigelovii (oilseed halophyte) due to its water and soil properties. In this research, the suitable locations for growingSalicornia plant in Golestan Province were defined based on suitability analysis. By this analysis, the suitable area for cultivation and total amount of producible biodiesel were evaluated. In this regard, the principal parameters were defined and the suitable areas were specified by spatial superposition of these layers, using Geographical Information System (GIS). The Index Overlay model was applied for data combination in suitability analysis. The results showed that the most suitable lands for growing Salicornia, are located in the North-West part of Golestan Province with an area of 2365km2, corresponding to about 12% of the total study area. The total amount of producible biodiesel of this area is estimated to be 201.143 million liters per year.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||International Journal of Renewable Energy Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology