Sugar palm (Argena pinnata). Potential of sugar palm for bio-ethanol production

H.W. Elbersen, L.P.A. Oyen

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The energetic and economic feasibility of bioethanol production from sugar palm is virtually unknown. A positive factor are the potentially very high yields while the long non-productive juvenile phase and the high labor needs can be seen as problematic. Expansion to large scale sugar palm cultivation comes with risks. Small-scale cultivation of sugar palm perfectly fits into local farming systems. In order to make a proper assessment of the value palm sugar as bio-ethanol crop more information is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • biobased economy
  • arenga pinnata
  • cultivation
  • bioethanol
  • fuel crops
  • palm sugar


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