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Woody Biomass Bulletins

These bulletins describe various aspects of energy applications using woody biomass.  Michigan has a huge potential to displace a significant part of fossil fuel consumption with feedstocks that are environmentally-friendly, sustainable, renewable, and contribute to community stability and local products.

Energy Use In Michigan
E3085.  2 pages.  38 kb.   Addresses Michgian energy sources and consumption.

Environmental Risks of Wood Biomass
E3091.  2 pages.  117 kb.  Soil nutrients, sustainability, forest structure, and products.
What Is Woody Biomass?
E3086.  2 pages.  333 kb.  Describes woody biomass and the supply chain.
What is District Energy?
E3092.  2 pages.  258 kb.  Technologies to heat multiple buildings from a central heating plant.
Why Might Wood be a Good Energy Feedstock?
E3087.  2 pages.  287 kb.   Use of trees, renewability, and sustainability.
What is a CHP Plant?
E3093.  2 pages.  189 kb.  A combined heat & power plant creates both heat and electricity.  The combustion of any fuel source results mostly in heat.
Where Does Michigan's Wood Supply Grow?
E3088.  2 pages.  119 kb.  Forest inventory, volumes>
So, You Want to Build a Pellet Mill?
E3094.  2 pages.  111 kb.  Wood pellet technology has a huge potential to displace fossil fuel use.
Wood-based Energy Technologies
E3089.  2 pages.  277 kb.   Wood pellets, district energy systems, combined heat & power, and thermochemical & biochemical refining.
So, You Want to Establish an Energy Plantation?
E3095.  2 pages.  336 kb.  Shrub willows and poplar varieties have been Michigan-tested.  However, there's more to it than genetics.
Emerging Technologies in Wood Energy
E3090.  2 pages.  300 kb.   Biochemical and thermochemical processes and products.


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