Woody biomass is great in that it grows — that is, it’s renewable — but much remains to be learned about how and where it could become a viable way to produce cleaner energy on a large scale. We have millions of acres of trees in Washington but to get down to figuring out where and how that might turn into a source for a biomass industry will require research. DNR today announced that the University of Washington, School of Forest Resources was selected as part of the research team to study the supply prospects of Washington’s working forests. It will be the first study of its type in the nation to examine the economic and environmental aspects of a state’s biomass supply potential.
Today’s research project announcement is part of DNR’s efforts to ensure that the harvest of biomass for use in clean energy products is done in a manner that does not harm clean water, forest habitat or species.
Forest biomass can be converted to energy and energy products in a number of ways in addition to direct combustion. These include: (more…)