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DEVELOPMENT OF HARVESTING AND STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES ESSENTIAL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SHORT ROTATION FORESTRY AS AN ECONOMIC SOURCE OF FUEL IN EUROPE

Objective

Short rotation coppice plantation are increasing in extent within the community and are set to increase substantially with the proposed revisions to the CAP and GATT agreements. Whilst the technology for growing the crop is reasonably well advanced a major stumbling block lies in the cost of harvesting and delivery systems where costs of harvesting, storage and drying and delivery can amount to up to 70 % of the total delivered costs. This project aims to reduce these costs by development of low-cost methods of harvesting, drying and storage of willow, poplar and robinia crops. A systems approach will be used to synthesise viable combinations of post-harvest operations evaluated in multidisciplinary research in 6 participating countries.

The three main research tasks have been allocated to 10 research and industrial organisations in the 6 participating countries:

Task 1 : to progress towards an optimum specification for coppice harvesters through coordinated trials of commercial and prototype European and Scandinavian machines.

Task 2 : to develop economic systems of storage and drying of chips, chunks and bundles by using mathematical models of the physical and biological systems to interpret, coordinate and apply results from studies of artificially and naturally-ventilated storage systems.

Task 3 : to recommend, from these research findings, economically viable systems for harvesting, storage and delivery systems across species and geographical ranges in Europe.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

University of Aberdeen
Address
St Machar Drive
AB9 2UD Aberdeen
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

BBSRC Silsoe Research Institute
United Kingdom
Address
Wrest Park Silsoe
MK45 4HS Bedford
Centre National du Machinisme Agricole, du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (CEMAGREF)
France
Address
Les Vasiex
87340 Montpellier
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Italy
Address
Via Augusto Barazzuoli 19-21-23
50136 Firenze
DANISH FOREST AND LANDSCAPE RESEARCH INST.
Denmark
Address
Skovbrynet 16
2800 Lyngby
Technische Universität München
Germany
Address
Vöttinger Straße 36
85354 Freising