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Title: Laurentian Bioenergy Project

Work performed under this contract involves development of forest management guidelines related to removal of forest harvest residues from forested sites and brushlands in Minnesota, assessments of biomass availability from forests and brushlands and logistics and equipment associated with handling woody biomass with emphasis on evaluation of a trailer-mounted bundling system. Also, work on hybrid poplar breeding, field testing and yield analysis is included. Evaluation of the production of aspen and red pine along with opportunities to procure woody biomass through thinning operations in red pine is described. Finally, an assessment of issues related to increasing biomass usage at the Laurentian Energy Authority generation facilities is discussed.
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  1. Univ. of Minnesota, Duluth, MN (United States)
  2. Minnesota Dept. of National Resources, Grand Rapids, MN (United States)
  3. Auburn Univ., AL (United States)
  4. SEH Consulting Inc., Duluth, MN (United States)
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Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Laurentian Energy Authority, Virginia, MN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS Laurentian Energy Authority; biomass; hybrid poplar breeding; hybrid poplar clone testing; brushlands; forest harvest residues; red pine thinning; red pine production