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Determining Biomass in residues following harvest in Pinus Radiata forests - NSW
Summary This project will determine quantities of the different biomass fractions in residues following Pinus radiata (radiata pine) harvest operations. The project will include a preliminary cost benefit analyses from extracting that resource. The focus will be on underutilised material from softwood plantations for which commercial values are low and markets are currently small or nonexistent. In addition, the project will develop inventory techniques targeting the incorporation of recoverable harvest residues, and also investigate the implications of biomass removal on nutrient levels.
Program Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Research organisation NSW Department of Primary Industries, an office of the Department of Industry, Skills & Regional Development
Objective summary Quantification of available resources for biomass harvesting in Radiata pine plantations over a range of site and stand types. The focus will be on underutilised material from softwood plantations for which commercial values are low and markets are currently small or nonexistent.

Development of inventory techniques targeting the incorporation of recoverable harvest residues.

Cost and benefit analysis of a range of biomass yields against various prices scenarios leading to an economic assessment matrix, while taking into consideration potential savings on site preparation activities and fuel hazard reduction following biomass harvesting.

Quantification of nutrient removal levels due to extraction of different volume of residues and greenhouse implications of the removal.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Thursday, July 15, 2010
Project completion date Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal BBE-Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Principal researcher Fabiano deAquino Ximenes
Research manager Duncan Farquhar
Admin contact Cara Brooks