Burning Wood Pellets Better For The Environment Than Typical Fossil Fuels

European power plants are generating less greenhouse gases through the burning of wood pellets, which were studied by researchers at the University of Georgia, instead of fossil fuels. Puneet Dwivedi, an assistant professor of sustainability at the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources has done research on these wood pellets. Dwivedi said wood […]

European power plants are generating less greenhouse gases through the burning of wood pellets, which were studied by researchers at the University of Georgia, instead of fossil fuels.

Puneet Dwivedi, an assistant professor of sustainability at the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources has done research on these wood pellets.

Dwivedi said wood pellets are made by grinding, drying and compressing different types of timber products. They are made from the products that are left over after a tree has been processed by wood manufacturers.

“These timber products can include logging residue or wood residue such as sawdust,” Dwivedi said. He also said that the electricity generated from wood pellets can replace electricity derived from fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal. “A majority of wood pellets are being consumed in advanced European countries to meet domestic renewable energy production targets for the year,” Dwivedi said.

Many advanced European countries use wood pellets to generate power, but it has not yet been implemented in the United States, according to a UGA press release.

From The Red & Black: http://www.redandblack.com/uganews/science_health/burning-wood-pellets-better-for-the-environment-than-typical-fossil/article_70bf87ac-b06a-11e3-a915-0017a43b2370.html

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