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Bioenergy Forest Plantations

Speaker:
Jeff Wright
ArborGen, Inc.

Date:
September 13, 2011 at 10:00am
Ben Bandy Conference Center
UK Center for Applied Energy Research

Abstract:
Bio-energy hardwood forest plantations will supplement woody biomass from other sources such as logging residues. In the southern US, projections are for an increase of up to 25 million "new" tons of demand for bio-energy. To supply this woody biomass demand will require purpose grown hardwood plantations of various species including eucalypts, hybrid aspen, sweetgum, hybrid poplar and cottonwood, amongst others. Forest plantation yields can be 8-15 green tons/acre/year on rotations of 5-12 years.