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Science You Can Use Bulletin: Burgeoning biomass: Creating efficient and sustainable forest biomass supply chains in the Rockies, Part II

Posted date: January 12, 2016
Publication Year: 
2015
Authors: Miller, Sue; Essen, Maureen; Anderson, Nathaniel (Nate)Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.McCollum, Dan W.; Bergman, Rick; Elder, Tom
Publication Series: 
Science Bulletins and Newsletters
Source: Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 17. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 10 p.

Abstract

Woody biomass could be used to generate renewable bioenergy and bioproducts in the western U.S. and has the potential to offer environmental and societal benefits. The purpose of the Rocky Mountain Research Station-led Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) project is to research and develop technologies, approaches, and new science that will help to make this possible. Part one of this series (September/October 2014) addressed the economic and environmental challenges of the biomass supply chain, from the site of harvest to the bioenergy facility - from "cradle to gate." This issue of the Bulletin is focused on the supply chain from the conversion facility to end use, covering material processing, conversion, end use, and disposal - from "gate to grave." It features important research on life cycle assessment of products from forest biomass, economic feasibility of conversion operations, and social acceptance of woody biomass energy. It provides details about the marketable uses for biomass co-products, like biochar and activated carbon. These contributions, combined with the material covered in part one, have the potential to facilitate biomass utilization as a feasible renewable energy option to offset fossil fuels, reduce our long-term carbon emissions, and address many significant forest management challenges.

Citation

Miller, Sue; Essen, Maureen; Anderson, Nate; Page-Dumroese, Debbie; McCollum, Dan; Bergman, Rick; Elder, Tom. 2015. Burgeoning biomass: Creating efficient and sustainable forest biomass supply chains in the Rockies, Part II. Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 17. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 10 p.