Woody Biomass Resource Library
Woody biomass comprises residues of the wood processing industry, post-consumer woody waste materials and agricultural residues in addition to material arising from forest management or fuels reduction activities.
The challenges for using woody biomass are many and the economic opportunities limited. Although there is a long list of products that could be produced from woody biomass there are often competing raw materials to make these products that are of higher quality and lower cost. The solutions to providing more opportunities for woody biomass are to encourage the use in efficient energy conversion facilities (power plants, heat and power systems, etc.), use small diameter trees in their round form instead of trying to produce lumber, support the research and development needed to encourage investment in higher value fiber uses for composite materials (such as composite panels and wood fiber/plastic products), and continue the search for cost-effective chemical processing to biofuels and other organic chemicals.
For further information see The Resource and Utilization Technology. Further pages on technologies coming soon!
Our collection of publications and Infoguides produced by or in association with the Woody Biomass Group and its collaborators may be found at the Publications, Reports, & Presentations page.