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Burgeoning Biomass: Creating Efficient and Sustainable Forest Bioenergy Technologies in the Rockies,

Description:
Forestry operations in the western US, including thinning for hazardous fuel reduction, leave behind a staggering amount of wood waste. Much of this waste is non-merchantable tree stems, branches and tops. These materials, called forest residues or “slash”, are usually yarded into large piles and burned for disposal. In the bark-beetle affected areas of northern Colorado alone, it is estimated that there is a backlog of 120,000 piles of woody biomass slated for burning. Not only is this a waste of a potential resource, pile burning can exacerbate air quality problems and increase greenhouse gas emissions. It also leaves long-lived burn scars on the forest floor. If slash could be economically transported, processed, and used by a bioenergy facility, it could be transformed into energy and marketable products rather than burned for disposal. This may be a more environmentally and socially appealing alternative to open burning.

Web Location:
http://www.forestbusinessnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/burgeoning-biomass-part-II.pdf

Related Topics:
1. Feedstocks
2. Transportation, Logistics and Pre-Conversion

Related Sub-Topics

Biomass Policy
Politics of feedstock issues

Forest operation
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Rail, Truck
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