Disadvantages of Woody Biomass Utilization

Wood Energy March 12, 2010 Print Friendly and PDF

Using woody biomass for energy production and as a feedstock for industrial materials affects air quality, land use, forest health, and other natural resources in different ways and at different intensity levels. There are both environmental costs and benefits to implementing a woody biomass production and utilization plan. These costs and benefits should be compared to those of other feedstock options, such as fossil fuels for industrial products.

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There are many factors that help determine the use woody biomass for energy production.  Below we consider the decision-making points involved in the process.  

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.