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Modelling moisture content and dry matter loss during storage of logging residues for energy

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Abstract:

To achieve optimal utilisation of logging residues for energy, it is important to know how different handling and storage methods affect fuel properties. The aim of this study was to model how the moisture content and dry matter losses of logging residues develop during storage. Logging residues were collected from five different stands of spruce and pine during different seasons of the year and stored in the same location. The logging residues were stored in covered piles of bundled residues and loose residues. Only minor differences were found in the moisture content profiles between piles of bundles and loose residues. Logging residues located in the centre of both types of piles had considerably lower moisture content than the outer parts. The moisture content significantly affected dry matter loss, with the highest dry matter losses being found in the samples with the least favourable drying conditions. The dry matter losses varied between 1 and 3% per month. Significantly higher dry matter losses were found in the spruce bundles than in the pine bundles. Seasoned logging residues had the lowest dry matter loss, while the logging residues harvested and piled in the autumn had the highest loss.

Keywords: Dry matter loss; forest energy; logging residues; moisture content; statistical modelling; storage

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2011.553199

Affiliations: 1: Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway 2: Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Ås, Norway 3: Finnish Forest Research Institute, Kannus, Finland

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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