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Title: Biomass District Heat System for Interior Rural Alaska Villages

Alaska Village Initiatives (AVI) from the outset of the project had a goal of developing an integrated village approach to biomass in Rural Alaskan villages. A successful biomass project had to be ecologically, socially/culturally and economically viable and sustainable. Although many agencies were supportive of biomass programs in villages none had the capacity to deal effectively with developing all of the tools necessary to build a complete integrated program. AVI had a sharp learning curve as well. By the end of the project with all the completed tasks, AVI developed the tools and understanding to connect all of the dots of an integrated village based program. These included initially developing a feasibility model that created the capacity to optimize a biomass system in a village. AVI intent was to develop all aspects or components of a fully integrated biomass program for a village. This meant understand the forest resource and developing a sustainable harvest system that included the “right sized” harvest equipment for the scale of the project. Developing a training program for harvesting and managing the forest for regeneration. Making sure the type, quality, and delivery system matched the needs of the type of boiler or boilers to bemore » installed. AVI intended for each biomass program to be of the scale that would create jobs and a sustainable business.« less
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Alaska Village Initiatives
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE; USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program (EE-2K)
Contributing Orgs:
Alaska Village Initiatives, Denali Commission, Alaska Energy Authority
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United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; Alaska, Rural Alaska, Alaska Native, Biomass, district heat systems