Profitability of drying wood chips integrated into fuelwood supply

Jyrki Raitila, Veli-Pekka Heiskanen

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Abstract

Moisture affects the profitability of supplying wood chips and the economy of running a heating plant. Most fuelwood is seasoned outdoors, therefore drying depends on the weather, and the desired moisture level of wood cannot always be achieved. To get rid of weather dependency, wood chips can easily be dried in driers connected to a heating plant. Most of the year small and medium-sized heating plants have significant excess heating capacity that could be used to dry fuelwood. This study aimed to present the possibilities and analyse the profitability of drying wood chips in warm air dryers as part of a fuel supply chain. The investment in and running costs of a dryer determine how feasible such a drying method is as part of the wood fuel supply chain. The profitability of drying increases significantly if the heating enterprise can increase its sales because of a higher boiler output. Thus warm air drying of fuelwood can quite easily be made profitable if there is the potential to expand the heat clientele.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForest engineering: "Making a positive contribution"
Subtitle of host publicationAbstracts and Proceedings of the 48th Symposiom on Forest Mechanization, Linz, Austria 2015
Pages143-147
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-900932-29-9
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event48th International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization, FORMEC 2015 - Linz, Austria
Duration: 4 Oct 20158 Oct 2015
Conference number: 48

Conference

Conference48th International Symposium on Forestry Mechanization, FORMEC 2015
Abbreviated titleFORMEC 2015
CountryAustria
CityLinz
Period4/10/158/10/15

Keywords

  • bioenergy
  • drying
  • promotion
  • wood chips
  • heating

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    Raitila, J., & Heiskanen, V-P. (2015). Profitability of drying wood chips integrated into fuelwood supply. In Forest engineering: "Making a positive contribution": Abstracts and Proceedings of the 48th Symposiom on Forest Mechanization, Linz, Austria 2015 (pp. 143-147)