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Contents of the lectures

The lectures are structured in four main themes, related to forest biomass, plantations and energy crops, methodological approaches for heat production and demand and biomass potentials, and special themes related to invited researchers every year, covering particular topics linked to the state-of-the-art of their fields. Although each session is intended for one lecture, often it is developed throughout several sequential teaching hours, depending on the time table of each year and the course needs.


Theme 1.

Introduction to Forest Biomass Oil crisis – Wood-fuels in the past - Technology and efficiency

Biomass resources Characteristics of biomass feedstocks- bulk density – heating value – Primary and secondary sources of biomass

Production and operations Skidders, harvesters and forwarders – Forest machinery – Harvesting methods – Forest operations

Supply chains Logistics – Moisture content and storage – Spatial optimization – Differences between countries



Theme 2.

Biomass production systems Rationale of energy crops - overview and limitations - current role

Energy crops and plantations Eucalyptus, poplar and willow plantations - reed canary grass - management details - production levels

Multi-functional systems Environmental effects of plantations - phytoremediation - Enköping wastewater system



Theme 3.

Methodological and technical approaches data sources - local and global estimates - how much biomass? - review of estimates

Energy production combined heat and power - central district heating - domestic heating - pellets - estimating heat demand

Conversion processes technological approach - gasification - fluidized bed



Theme 4. Special Themes

Bioenergy in other economies (Asia) bioenergy outside Europe - China's renewable energy - potentials and limitations

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