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This report concerns the production of energy from Short Rotation Forestry (SRF). Trials were carried out with the objective of ascertaining if wood fuel could be used at a price competitive with that of alternative fuels by applying agricultural technology to trees grown on a 3-5 year cycle. The trials were conducted on four soil types - one on moderately good land and the other three on sites more suited to forestry. A systems analysis shows that on poor quality soils such as Atlantic blanket peat, SRF is uneconomic unless more productive species can be found than are at present available. At the other centres, including mined-out peatland, SRF can be produced at a competitive cost. Methods and costs of harvesting have not yet been determined, and these are now probably the most critical factors in the introduction of SRF.

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Authors: NEENAN M, Agricultural Institute, Carlow (IE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12632 EN (1990) 78 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 10
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