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Energy Farms for the Future

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Silviculture energy farms may provide wood for energy at competitive prices in the future. In a study undertaken for the Department of Energy, costs were projected to be $20 to $34 per dry ton for hardwoods grown under 6 to 10 year rotations. The major costs were estimated to be harvest and transportation to conversion facility, and such intensive cultural practices as fertilization and irrigation. Up to 4.5 quads (1015 BTU per quad) of energy feedstocks could be produced in the United States annually, at an average annual yield of 8 dry tons per acre.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Group Leader, Biomass Systems, Advanced Energy and Resource Systems Analysis Department, MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia

Publication date: June 1, 1979

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