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Harvesting and Quality of Willow Biomass Crops

Speakers:  Timothy Volk and Mark Eisenbies, SUNY-ESF

In the past, harvesting short rotation woody crops has been costly and often produced material that was not acceptable to end users.  In this month's webinar, we will explore recent developments in the operation of a single-pass cut and chip harvester used in willow biomass operations and how improvements to the harvester have reduced costs.  We will also discuss some of the key characteristics of harvested biomass (such as ash content, moisture content, and chip size) and relate the information collected from commercial-scale harvests to new International Standard Organization (ISO) standards for wood chips.

The NEWBio Webinar Series  is hosted by Mike Jacobson and Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy and held on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast.

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