Wood Energy 1999 - 2003: A new national technology programme in Finland: Poster presentation

Satu Helynen, Pentti Hakkila, Ismo Nousiainen

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    A new national energy technology programme, Wood Energy, has been launched in Finland by the National Technology Agency (Tekes). The programme's total budget for 1999 - 2003 is 250 million FIM (45 million USD), Tekes' share of which amounts to 50 million FIM. The programme is co-ordinated by VTT Energy. In 1998, the energy use of forest chips amounted to 0.5 million m3 solid. The target of the Wood Energy Technology Programme is to increase the annual use of forest chips to 2.5 million m3 solid in 2003, i.e., five-fold in 5 years. The target can be achieved mainly by increasing the use of logging residues from final cuttings, since salvaging residues from cut-over areas is more cost competitive than harvesting smallwood from young stands and early commercial thinnings. Newertheless, chip production from thinning of young stands will be developed as well. Increasing the use of forest chips requires that the cost of production is reduced still further, and that is naturally one of the main objectives of the programme. The programme is also helping to develop quality control and storege of wood chips. Improvement of the chip quality is not confirmed solely to forest chips, but it is just as important for wood residues from primary timber processing at mills. For this reason the scope of the programme also includes bark, sawdust, and other solid wood residues from the forest products industry that are suitable for fuel. The feasibility of wood fuels for different energy production technologies. The mission of the program is to remove barriers of the energy use of forest biomass with technological research, development and demonstration projects carried out in cooperation by research groups, forestry organisation and industrial partners. The number of ongoing projects was 21 at the end of August, 1999. Research organisations were carrying out 13 projects and industrial enterprices had 8 projects, many of which use research organisations as subcontractors. In June 1999, the total project costs of the ongoing projects were 34 million FIM.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    Event1st World Conference and Exhibition on Biomass for Energy and Industry - Sevilla, Spain
    Duration: 5 Jun 20009 Jun 2000


    Conference1st World Conference and Exhibition on Biomass for Energy and Industry


    • biomass
    • bioenergy
    • biofuels
    • wood fuels
    • research programmes
    • logging residues
    • wood chips
    • chipping
    • costs
    • quality


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