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Use of wood as an alternative fuel to coal and natural gas at the Holnam Cement Plant, north of LaPorte, Colorado

Posted date: September 24, 2014
Publication Year: 
2001
Authors: Mackes, Kurt H.
Publication Series: 
Proceedings (P)
Source: In: Vance, Regina K.; Edminster, Carleton B.; Covington, W. Wallace; Blake, Julie A., comps. Ponderosa pine ecosystems restoration and conservation: steps toward stewardship; 2000 April 25-27; Flagstaff, AZ. Proceedings RMRS-P-22. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 171-176.
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Abstract

The Holnam Company currently operates a cement plant north of Laporte, CO. The plant is attempting to use wood as an alternate fuel to coal and natural gas. The principal objective of this project is to investigate the extended use of wood as an alternate fuel at the plant. Tests conducted at Holnam indicate that wood is suitable for use at the plant and Holnam could use up to 350 tons of clean wood wastes and residues per day. A substantial network of wood suppliers, drawing wood from landfills, wood processors, and forests, will be necessary to meet overall plant requirements. Successfully converting Holnam to wood would provide economic benefits to both Holnam and the community. Larimer County would benefit because the majority of clean wood will be diverted from the waste stream into its landfill. Using forest residues at Holnam could help reduce the risk of wildfire, increase public safety, and improve forest health. We view converting this plant to wood as only a beginning. If Holnam successfully converts to wood as the primary fuel source, then other plants in the region could similarly use wood wastes and residues as fuel.

Citation

Mackes, Kurt H. 2001. Use of wood as an alternative fuel to coal and natural gas at the Holnam Cement Plant, north of LaPorte, Colorado. In: Vance, Regina K.; Edminster, Carleton B.; Covington, W. Wallace; Blake, Julie A., comps. Ponderosa pine ecosystems restoration and conservation: steps toward stewardship; 2000 April 25-27; Flagstaff, AZ. Proceedings RMRS-P-22. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 171-176.