Pre-treatment of forest residual biomass for use in small-scale bioenergy production systems

Daniel Cardoso Vaz, Valeria Reva, Samuel Valente

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The present study is a contribution to demonstrate the potential for using of forest residual biomass for small-scale bioenergy production comprising the installation of small ( <<1 MW) co-generation systems or wood boilers by end-users, such as medium and small industrial plants, hospitals, hotels, and school or residential complexes. A small-scale bioenergy production system allows better use of biomass input energy and diversification of biomass typology for bioenergy production. In this study particular attention is given to forest residual biomass which, in the context of this system, needs special pre-treatment, namely chipping, separation and drying. The development and optimization of the pre-treatment technology is the framework of the present study. Different types of residual biomass were sampled and analysed, and the influence of the particle size and homogeneity on moisture sorption properties, gross calorific value and flammability was evaluated for different types of residual biomass.
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Title of host publicationEnergy for Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
EventSustainable Cities: Designing for People and the Planet -
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …


ConferenceSustainable Cities: Designing for People and the Planet
Period1/01/13 → …


  • forest residual biomass
  • bioenergy production
  • smal l-scale production system
  • chipping
  • separation
  • drying

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