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DEVELOPMENT OF HARVESTING & TRANSPORT PROCESSES FOR THE EXPLOITATION OF BIOMASS OF MEDITERRANEAN MAQUIS FOR ENERGY PURPOSES

Objective

ALTHOUGH THE ECOSYSTEMS OF MAQUIS COVER LARGE AREAS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES, RESEARCH ON THE EXPLOITATION OF LOW VALUE WOOD FROM THE MAQUIS AREAS HAS NOT YET BEEN PERFORMED FOR THE SOUTHERN COUNTRIES OF THE EC.
THE PROPOSED PROJECT WILL CONDUCT A SYSTEMATIC ANALYSIS OF THE MECHANISATION OF WORKS WHICH INCLUDES ALL PHASES; I.E. HARVESTING, TRANSPORTATION AND CHOPPING OF WOOD. AT THE SAME TIME A DETAILED TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC STUDY OF THE USE OF MEANS AND PROPOSED SCHEMES WILL BE PERFORMED, IN ORDER TO ESTIMATE AND PROBABLY IDENTIFY METHODS OF REDUCING THE COST OF WORKS.

THE STUDY WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN SIX DIFFERENT EXPERIMENTAL SITES IN GREECE. THREE DIFFERENT CASES OF MECHANISATION OF WORKS WILL BE STUDIED ON TERRAINS WITH SLOPES RANGING BETWEEN 0-20%, 21-50% AND STEEPER THAN 50%. THE PROPER COMBINATION OF MEANS AND PROCESSES WILL BE SELECTED FOR EACH CASE. THE EFFECT OF HARVESTING BIOMASS BY UTILISING THE ABOVE METHODS ON GROUNDS OF VARYING SOIL QUALITY WILL ALSO BE A SUBJECT OF THE RESEARCH. FINALLY, THE PROJECT WILL DEAL WITH THE STUDY OF ALL THE PROPERTIES OF WOOD HARVESTED FROM DIFFERENT TYPES OF BRUSHWOOD.
THE WORK WILL PROCEED IN TWO PHASES:
1. HARVESTING MODELS WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR EACH SITE. THEY WILL BE CONSTRUCTED FROM DATA COLLECTED FROM TOPOGRAPHIC AND PEDOLOGICAL MAPS, AEROPHOTOGRAPHS AND ON-SITE VISITS BY MEANS OF COMPUTERIZED STATISTICAL AND OPTIMIZATION PROCEDURES.
2. THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST PHASE WILL BE APPLIED IN THE ACTUAL EXPLOITATION OF MAQUIS AT THE SELECTED SITES. ALL WORK WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED AND WILL REFINE THE ORIGINAL MODELS, WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY BE CAPABLE OF PREDICTING WITH ACCURACY BIOMASS QUANTITY AND COST OF USEFUL ENERGY POTENTIAL BEFORE ACTUAL HARVESTING COMMENCES.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Hellenic Industrial Development Bank SA
Address

10672 Athens
Greece