New Guide Promotes Alternative Fuel Use By Forest Products Industry

Alternative fuel use by the wood products industry could reduce the industry’s dependence on fossil fuels and decrease its emissions. A new resource guide created by the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), the Penn State College of Engineering, and the Mid-Atlantic Clean Energy Applications Center (MACEAC) promotes the use of one such alternative fuel: combined […]

Alternative fuel use by the wood products industry could reduce the industry’s dependence on fossil fuels and decrease its emissions.

A new resource guide created by the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), the Penn State College of Engineering, and the Mid-Atlantic Clean Energy Applications Center (MACEAC) promotes the use of one such alternative fuel: combined heat and power (CHP). CHP, also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source — in this case, on-site waste products such as sawdust, wood shavings or bark.

Shifting to CHP technology can increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions, and increase energy security, said Denise Bechdel, an environmental specialist at PennTAP. It is a particularly attractive option for lumber and furniture production facilities that have access to inexpensive and abundant fuel sources on-site.

“The use of wood waste to generate energy to process sustainably harvested wood can not only reduce long-term production costs, but also contributes to a net zero-carbon industry,” said James D. Freihaut, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State and director of MACEAC, which is funded by the Department of Energy. For Mid-Atlantic states with significant wood products production, CHP using wood waste “can make the industry competitive and environmentally neutral at the same time.”

From Forest Business Network: http://www.forestbusinessnetwork.com/25805/new-guide-promotes-alternative-fuel-use-by-forest-products-industry/

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