Exploitation of marginal forest resources for fuel
The aim of the project was to make the production of fuel chips from marginal forest resources so cheap that: - the sale of fuel chips will bring the forests a satisfactory return on investment as compared to any alternative forest production; - the sale of fuel chips will be effected at a price that is competitive with the price of any other fuel. Investigations into storage procedures showed that protection of fuel chips from precipitation by tarpaulins or, better, under a roof, is essential. Harvesting and off-road transport were more costly for tree sections than for chips; they absorbed a great deal of moisture if not protected, as also did chunks. The dry matter loss was significantly smaller in the chunk piles than in the chip piles. Methods and chipping technologies giving a satisfactory productivity in slightly to moderately hilly terrain were developed. The investigation of integrated harvesting demonstrated that it is possible to increase the amount of fuel chips produced in conjunction with industrial roundwood.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13024 EN (1990) 90 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 11.25
Record Number: 199011581 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
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