The economic feasibility of corn residues harvesting depends on capital (key element) and operating costs.
Capital expenditure is the cost of purchasing equipment. Operating costs are the costs of fuel, amortization, maintenance and repair, materials and labor. Operating costs considerably depends on machinery productivity and the distance of transportation of bales from the field to the central storage facility.
According to the corn stover harvesting cost estimation results, the net cost of collected biomass on the storage facility can be from 22.3 EUR/t d.m. Following storage and densification in briquettes or pellets will increase the added value of the corn stovers.
Prepared by: Semen Drahniev – Member of the Expert Council of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine for the platform of sustainable agribusiness SAF Ukraine.Cost of equipment and operations related to harvesting of corn residues. Semen Drahniev. The platform of sustainable agribusiness SAF Ukraine. October 23, 2019.
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