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Journal Articles Annals of Forest Science Year : 2023

Management-related energy, nutrient and worktime efficiencies of the wood fuel production and supply chain: modelling and assessment

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Bioenergy from wood can contribute to reach the goals of energy-transition policies. Use of wood as fuel should focus on low-quality wood, e.g. by-products from timber production, which production and supply is related to various management decisions. Reaching the policy objectives efficiently remains an issue. Aims The aims are (1) to develop a modelling approach that links local management decisions with indicators of the whole wood fuel production and supply chain and (2) to test the model in a case study. The study should further provide first insights on how indicators of energy, nutrient and worktime efficiency vary according to wood fuel chain characteristics and the related management decisions. Methods The model depicts the flow of wood (biomass, nutrients, moisture content, heating value) from the forest stand to the heating plant for each silvicultural intervention simulated with a growth and yield model. It further quantifies the energy and worktime spent on different wood fuel chain tasks (e.g. felling, forwarding) set by the user. We defined four scenarios according to the scale of energy production (large vs. small) and the demand for wood fuel (high vs. moderate). Results The case study revealed that the model outputs were plausible. Energy efficiency largely varied depending on the type of silvicultural intervention. Large-scale production associated with high demand was most favourable for energy and worktime efficiencies. In contrast, nutrient efficiency was best for small-scale production associated with moderate demand. Conclusions Local management decisions all along the wood fuel chain highly influenced efficiency indicators, and thus its relevance for energy-transition policies. Our model may contribute to strategic decision making in different forestry and energy production contexts.
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hal-04303411 , version 1 (14-12-2023)

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Nicolas Bilot, Christine Deleuze, Laurent Saint-André, Yann Rogaume, Meriem Fournier, et al.. Management-related energy, nutrient and worktime efficiencies of the wood fuel production and supply chain: modelling and assessment. Annals of Forest Science, 2023, 80 (1), pp.15. ⟨10.1186/s13595-023-01173-z⟩. ⟨hal-04303411⟩
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