The aim of the work was to quantify the mass of logging residues (branches and tops; t yr−1 dry matter, DM) for energy generation starting from Forest Management Plans (FMP) data. The methodology was applied to public stands of an Italian district (area: 3.60 × 104 ha; period: 2009–2018). Compared to the previous preliminary analysis, the potentially available residues were computed considering forest accessibility and road traversability, by combining FMPs data with a geographic information system (GIS). New issues that were assessed here were: (i) representation of stands consisting of multiple disconnected parts; (ii) calculation of producible residues by using different values of biomass expansion factors (Scenario 1, S1; Scenario 2, S2). The potentially available residues computed for the analyzed period were used to quantify the current sustainable supply. Then, the potentially generated heat (thermal energy, TE; GJ yr−1) and electricity (EE; GJ yr−1), and the potentially avoided CO2 emissions into the atmosphere (EM; t yr−1 CO2) related to the final combustion process were computed by assuming that the current supply of residues was used as woodchips in a local centralized heating plant currently operating. For both S1 and S2, the large difference between the potentially producible and the potentially available residues demonstrated that geodata are essential for reliable estimations. Moreover, as the required information for the GIS analysis can be easily found in databases made available by forestry authorities, the proposed approach can be applied also to other areas; this could be helpful to support local decision-makers in defining sustainable practices for residues recovery.

Assessing logging residues availability for energy production by using forest management plans data and geographic information system (GIS) / L. Nonini, C. Schillaci, M. Fiala. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF FOREST RESEARCH. - ISSN 1612-4677. - 141:(2022), pp. 959-977. [10.1007/s10342-022-01484-2]

Assessing logging residues availability for energy production by using forest management plans data and geographic information system (GIS)

L. Nonini
Primo
;
C. Schillaci
Secondo
;
M. Fiala
Ultimo
2022

Abstract

The aim of the work was to quantify the mass of logging residues (branches and tops; t yr−1 dry matter, DM) for energy generation starting from Forest Management Plans (FMP) data. The methodology was applied to public stands of an Italian district (area: 3.60 × 104 ha; period: 2009–2018). Compared to the previous preliminary analysis, the potentially available residues were computed considering forest accessibility and road traversability, by combining FMPs data with a geographic information system (GIS). New issues that were assessed here were: (i) representation of stands consisting of multiple disconnected parts; (ii) calculation of producible residues by using different values of biomass expansion factors (Scenario 1, S1; Scenario 2, S2). The potentially available residues computed for the analyzed period were used to quantify the current sustainable supply. Then, the potentially generated heat (thermal energy, TE; GJ yr−1) and electricity (EE; GJ yr−1), and the potentially avoided CO2 emissions into the atmosphere (EM; t yr−1 CO2) related to the final combustion process were computed by assuming that the current supply of residues was used as woodchips in a local centralized heating plant currently operating. For both S1 and S2, the large difference between the potentially producible and the potentially available residues demonstrated that geodata are essential for reliable estimations. Moreover, as the required information for the GIS analysis can be easily found in databases made available by forestry authorities, the proposed approach can be applied also to other areas; this could be helpful to support local decision-makers in defining sustainable practices for residues recovery.
Energy generation; Geodata; Geographic information system; Forest management plan; Forest stand; Logging residues
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