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Sieving and covering of wood chips improves storability

Anerud, Erik and Bergström, Dan and Routa, Johanna and Eliasson, Lars (2022). Sieving and covering of wood chips improves storability. Energies. 18 :8 , 2953
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Minimising dry matter losses during storage of comminuted forest fuels is desirable from both an economic and a sustainability perspective. This study examined fuel quality and amount of recovered energy during the storage of forest wood chips stored at full industrial scale at three locations, and the effect of sieving and covering piles with a water-resistant, vapour-permeable fabric. Sieving wood chips before storage, that is, reducing the number of fines smaller than 8 mm, reduced the cumulative dry matter losses to <2%, while cumulative dry matter losses after storage for 4–6 months using current practices, that is, unsieved and uncovered, reached 10.6%. The combined effect of storage management led to a value loss of 11.5%, while both covering and sieving led to lower losses, with the combination of sieving and covering giving a 1.3% value increase, and thus, increased storability.

Authors/Creators:Anerud, Erik and Bergström, Dan and Routa, Johanna and Eliasson, Lars
Title:Sieving and covering of wood chips improves storability
Series Name/Journal:Energies
Year of publishing :2022
Article number:2953
Number of Pages:11
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Wood Science
Keywords:dry matter loss, forest fuel, fuel quality, moisture content
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ID Code:27560
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology
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Deposited On:19 Apr 2022 06:25
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