Coals seam gas (CSG) in agriculture - a review: technical and market analysis for Australia

Yusaf, Talal and Hamawand, Ihsan and Schmidt, Erik and Binnie, James and Rees, Steven and Chakrabarty, Sayan (2014) Coals seam gas (CSG) in agriculture - a review: technical and market analysis for Australia. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 8. pp. 149-158. ISSN 2213-1388


This feasibility study is a response to the increasing of interest in coal seam gas (CSG) in Australia and due to the demands for alternative fuels by high fuel-consumption industries such as agriculture. A technical analysis of LNG as an alternative fuel to diesel in agriculture was conducted. A comparison of different conversion methods (dual-fuel and mono-gas systems) is undertaken. Data was collected from a number of sources to determine the potential demand for natural gas in the agricultural sector in Queensland (QLD) and New South Wales (NSW). This paper aims to evaluate the payback period when CNG/LNG is used as an alternative fuel for diesel engines in different applications. The payback period of 1000 Ha (of wheat planted and harvested) was found to be 3.99. year when CNG is used (no till, harvest), while the payback period was found to be 25 years when LNG is used. As for water pumping, it was found that the payback period was 0.9 years when CNG is used, while the payback period was found to be 3.93 years when LNG is used. Analysis finds compressed natural gas (CNG) to be the preferred alternative fuel to diesel engines in the agricultural sector.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 06:50
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2017 02:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: agriculture; alternative fuel; coal seam gas; compressed natural gas; diesel; liquefied natural gas
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090607 Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8507 Energy Conservation and Efficiency > 850703 Industrial Energy Conservation and Efficiency
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.seta.2014.08.005

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