Integrated supply of stemwood and residual biomass to forest-based biorefineries

Joelsson, J., Di Fulvio, F. ORCID:, De La Fuente, T., Bergström, D., & Athanassiadis, D. (2016). Integrated supply of stemwood and residual biomass to forest-based biorefineries. International Journal of Forest Engineering 27 (2) 115-138. 10.1080/14942119.2016.1184955.

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The demand for forest biomass as raw material for a wide range of products in the developing bioeconomy is expected to increase. Along with a constant pressure on forestry to increase its productivity, this development has led to the search for new procurement methods and new assortments. The present study assessed innovative supply chain practices, with a particular focus on the integrated supply of stemwood and residual tree parts. The assortments considered included tree sections, long tops, saw logs with stump cores and small whole trees from thinnings. The assessment included geographically explicit modelling of the supply chain operations and estimation of supply cost and energy use for three industrial locations in Northern Sweden. The innovative supply chains were compared to conventional, separate, harvest of stemwood and logging residues. We conclude that integrated harvest of tops and branches with stemwood assortments, as well as whole-tree harvest in early thinnings, has a significant potential to reduce the supply cost for the non-stemwood assortments. Stump wood generally remains the most expensive assortment. The energy use analysis confirms earlier research showing that the energy input is relatively small compared to the energy content of the harvested feedstock.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wood supply chain,forest fuels,harvesting system,forest feedstock assortment,supply cost,energy use
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 08:26
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:27

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