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The aim of this project was to develop and test a machine for harvesting short rotation coppice plantations, and to investigate systems for efficiently and economically harvesting, processing, storing and transporting wood for fuel from conventional forestry in order to develop wood fuel supply systems. A Harvesting Decision Support System (HDSS) was developed to make possible a comparison of different harvesting systems which, in combination with the results of storage, transport and drying, then allows the development of supply strategies to link the forest resource with the combustion plant. Integrated harvesting systems offer the greatest long term potential for cost effective harvesting of wood fuel whereas residue harvesting systems offer greater short term potential. Whole tree comminution systems have potential for lowering harvesting costs from early thinnings. Screening and sorting of whole tree chips to produce an energy element in conjunction with industrial chips offers scope for further reduction of costs.

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Authors: MITCHELL C P, Aberdeen University, Forestry Department, Aberdeen (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12805 EN (1990) 73 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 10
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