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Costs, CO2- and primary energy balances of forest-fuel recovery systems at different forest productivity
Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för teknik och hållbar utveckling. (Ecotechnology)
Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för teknik och hållbar utveckling. (Ecotechnology)
2010 (English)In: Biomass and Bioenergy, ISSN 0961-9534, E-ISSN 1873-2909, Vol. 34, no 5, p. 610-619Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Here we examine the cost, primary energy use, and net carbon emissions associated with removal and use of forest residues for energy, considering different recovery systems, terrain, forwarding distance and forest productivity. We show the potential recovery of forest fuel for Sweden, its costs and net carbon emissions from primary energy use and avoided fossil carbon emissions. The potential annual net recovery of forest fuel is about 66 TWh, which would cost one billion 2005 to recover and would reduce fossil emissions by 6.9 Mt carbon if coal were replaced. Of the forest fuel, 56% is situated in normal terrain with productivity of >30 t dry-matter ha (-1) and of this, 65% has a forwarding distance of <400 m. In normal terrain with >30 t dry-matter ha (1) the cost increase for the recovery of forest fuel, excluding stumps, is around 4-6% and 8-11% for medium and longer forwarding distances, respectively. The stump and small roundwood systems are less cost-effective at lower forest fuel intensity per area. For systems where loose material is forwarded, less dry-matter per hectare increases costs by 6-7%, while a difficult terrain increases costs by 3-4%. Still, these systems are quite cost-effective. The cost of spreading ash is around 40 2005 ha (-1), while primary energy use for spreading ash in areas where logging residues, stumps, and small roundwood are recovered is about 0.025% of the recovered bioenergy.

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Elsevier , 2010. Vol. 34, no 5, p. 610-619
Keywords [en]
Forest fuel; Logging residues; Stumps; Thinnings; Small roundwood; Recovery systems; Costs; Primary energy use; CO2 balance; Carbon emissions
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Other Environmental Engineering
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Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Civil engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-15710DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2010.01.003ISI: 000277918300004Scopus ID: 77951025858OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-15710DiVA, id: diva2:454941
Available from: 2008-11-18 Created: 2011-11-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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