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Halophytes Energy Feedstocks: Back to Our RootsOf the Earth s landmass, approx.43% is arid or semi-arid, and 97% of the Earth s water is seawater. Halophytes are salt-tolerant plants (micro and macro) that can prosper in seawater or brackish waters and are common feedstocks for fuel and food (fuel-food feedstocks) in depressed countries. Two types, broadly classed as coastal and desert, can be found in marshes, coastal planes, inland lakes, and deserts. Major arid or semi-arid halophyte agriculture problems include pumping and draining the required high volumes of irrigation water from sea or ocean sources. Also, not all arid or semi-arid lands are suitable for crops. Benefits of halophyte agriculture include freeing up arable land and freshwater resources, cleansing the environment, decontaminating soils, desalinating brackish waters, and carbon sequestration. Sea and ocean halophyte agriculture problems include storms, transport, and diffuse harvesting. Benefits include available nutrients, ample water, and Sun. Careful attention to details and use of saline agriculture fuel feedstocks are required to prevent anthropogenic disasters. It is shown that the potential for fuel-food feedstock halophyte production is high; based on test plot data, it could supply 421.4 Quad, or 94% of the 2004 world energy consumption and sequester carbon, with major impact on the Triangle of Conflicts.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Hendricks, Robert C.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Bushnell, Dennis M.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
February 17, 2008
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Symposium on Transport Phenomena and Dynamics of Rotating Machinery
Location: Honolulu, HI
Country: United States
Start Date: February 17, 2008
End Date: February 22, 2008
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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