Study: Woody Biomass Could Save Money, Environment

Researchers at Humboldt State University put woody biomass in the spotlight as a viable alternative energy source at a demonstration today for the public, which is part of the Waste to Wisdom program. Researchers said that the by-products of trees, such as fallen branches, twigs and limbs could potentially help residents in the North Coast […]

Researchers at Humboldt State University put woody biomass in the spotlight as a viable alternative energy source at a demonstration today for the public, which is part of the Waste to Wisdom program.

Researchers said that the by-products of trees, such as fallen branches, twigs and limbs could potentially help residents in the North Coast save money, as well as help the environment and potentially profit.

In the past, woody biomass was not seen as an efficient energy source since it was not easily transportable. However, researchers said they have developed a method where the wood can be chopped up into chips and formed into different shapes, such as bricks to make them more transportation friendly.

With the researchers looking to build facilities close to process the woody biomass, landowners who cut trees can save up to $300 to $500 when they send unwanted wood waste to them. There is potential for them to profit from it.

Currently, very little woody biomass is being used at all, but researchers said this is one of the best ways for it to be utilized as it could potentially supply 50 percent of the North Coast’s energy needs.

From the North Coast News: http://www.krcrtv.com/north-coast-news/news/reserchers-woody-biomass-could-help-save-money-environment/33760522

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