The emerging biomass market is a rapidly expanding opportunity for forest businesses. Euroforest has the skills, expertise and extensive contacts to maximize revenues in this specialist sector.
At its most basic level Euroforest is supplying more domestic firewood than ever before across the UK. The Company is also a major player in the supply of material to wood pellet manufacturers, some of which are using biomass for production of heat and power in an almost carbon neutral process, as well as marketing excess electricity. Euroforest is
a UK leader in the production of forest-derived biomass, with proven systems for harvesting this material. The Company operates a number of unique site-specific solutions that maximise the return from the whole tree These solutions are matched with a number of major contracts with biomass users throughout the UK.
The generation of low carbon heat and power from wood-based biomass has important environmental and economic advantages. The ‘growing’ of fuel is recognised as virtually carbon neutral because the CO2 released during energy production is merely that absorbed during the growing process with virtually no ‘new’ carbon released into the atmosphere
Whilst traditionally, low quality roundwood has been used for biomass, the real gains of recent years have been in the use of the brash and non-harvested stem wood from the top of the tree that often went to waste - being burned at the felling site or simply ploughed under. This ‘virgin’ fuel also has the important added advantage of avoiding the need for the complex, expensive waste incineration licencing process required for most recycled fuels.
Of course the real gain for forestry operators is in the opportunity to recover the value of products which have traditionally had no market. Forests planted on very soft deep peats are also now harvested successfully by the Company for biomass. Euroforest have been at the forefront of developing appropriate harvesting techniques using small, lightweight machinery which can operate viably on these challenging, often very remote sites.
In addition, the clearance of diseased trees well before their normal commercial harvesting age is another area in which Euroforest has special expertise. Whole tree chipping in order to leave a harvesting site completely clear of wood and branches is now also a service we can offer if this is what is required. This can also include recovery of stumps and brash from harvesting sites and where conditions permit, Euroforest have the knowledge and expertise to exploit this material on your behalf. Finally, because the biomass industry can utilise smaller diameter material, Euroforest played a key role in developing the chipper pole which maximises stem wood recovery from harvesting sites.
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