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    Author(s): David L. NichollsRobert A. MonserudDennis P. Dykstra
    Date: 2008
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-753. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 48 p
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    We examine the use of woody residues, primarily from forest harvesting or wood products manufacturing operations (and to a limited degree from urban wood wastes), as a feedstock for direct-combustion bioenergy systems for electrical or thermal power applications. We examine opportunities for utilizing biomass for energy at several scales, with an emphasis on larger scale electrical power generation at stand-alone facilities, and on smaller scale facilities (thermal heating only) such as governmental, educational, or other institutional facilities. We then identify west-wide barriers that tend to inhibit bioenergy applications, including accessibility, terrain, harvesting costs, and capital costs. Finally, we evaluate the role of government as a catalyst in stimulating new technologies and new uses of biomass material.

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    Nicholls, David L.; Monserud, Robert A.; Dykstra, Dennis P. 2008. A synthesis of biomass utilization for bioenergy production in the Western United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-753. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 48 p

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    Keywords

    Biomass, bioenergy, fuel hazard reduction, renewable energy, harvesting, forest products.

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