Dead trees and wood from forest management can be chipped and dried for gasification. The electricity generated can offset electrical costs while the consumption of waste wood offsets disposal costs. Disposal by gasification also has far lower particulate emissions than controlled burns and a lower carbon footprint than decomposition, since methane emissions from anaerobic decomposition are avoided. Decomposing wood reverts all of its carbon content to CO2, but gasification sequesters a portion of it as charcoal waste, usable as biochar.
By All Power Labs based in Berkeley, CALIFORNIA (USA).
Material: stock of spruce, fir. Working steps: cutting down, debranching, shaping and storing. Machinery: harvester HVT 132. Neuson Ecotec offers harvesters for every application from first thinning to clear-cutting. The Neuson Ecotec Harvesters are provided with crawler tracks. The larger contact surface of the tracks reduces ground pressure and increases the stability of the machine. The grouser track shoes may be made of metal, hard rubber or plastic. Because of the compact design tracked harvesters are very agile which is especially favourable when they are used for thinning.
By Neuson Forest GmbH based in Linz, AUSTRIA.
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