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Emerging Technologies in Woody Biomass Use
New Perceptions of a Familiar Resource

8-10 May 2007
Bay de Noc Community College
Escanaba, Michigan

Conference Brochure
Speaker Biographies
Tour Summary

Annotated Bibliography
SAF Position Statement
"Utilization of Forest Biomass to Restore Forest Health and Improve U.S. Energy Security"

8 May 2007
Conference Schedule



Welcome & Introduction
   - Doug Heym, MSAF 2007 Chair

Keynote Address:
   - Kris Berglund, Michigan State University      Slide Show (pdf)

Lunch and Chapter Meetings


Supply of Woody Biofeedstocks in Michigan
   - Anthony Weatherspoon, Michigan DNR      Slide Show (pdf)
Turning Biomass into Bio-energy Products
   - Mark Knaebe, USFS Forest Products Laboratory FPL Website  
      Slide Show 1(pdf)
- Bioenergy Opportunities
     Slide Show 2 (pdf) - Uses for Forest-thinned Material & Woody Biomass for Energy
     Fuel Value Calculator (spreadsheet)     Electricity from Woody Biomass (spreadsheet)




Economics and Policy Considerations
   - Ken Skog, USFS Forest Products Laboratory      
     FPL Website       Slide Show (pdf)


Panel Discussion
Dan Buchman, Dick Rossman, Anthony Weatherspoon, Mark Knaebe, Ken Skog, and Kris Berglund
Social Hour at the Danforth Place
Dinner, State Business Meeting, and Raffle
9 May 2007
Conference Schedule
Forest Management Implications - Environmental Impacts
   - Dick Rossman, Minnesota DNR       Slide Show (pdf)
     Minnesota Biomass Harvest Guidelines (both forestland and open / brush land)
Forest Management Implications - Silvicultural Practices
   - Dan Buchman, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota
     NRRI website
      Slide Show (pdf)


Case Studies
   - Bill Cook, MSU Extension      Slide Show (pdf)
   - Don Arnosti, Natural Resources Research Institute, Minnesota
      NRRI website
      Slide Show - Don Arnosti (pdf)


Lunch on the Tour Bus



Field Tours

   Energy Plantations at the U.P. Tree Improvement Center
   Poplar, Willow, Switchgrass
     - Ray Miller    UPTIC website      Plantation Handout  
Energy plantations on abandoned crop land could produce about 6 million dry tons a year in Michigan. Yields in northern Michigan have been running about 3 - 4 dry tons per acre each year. That's the equivalent of about 3 cords per acre per year. Poplar hybrids, native aspen, and willows seem to have the best potential for this area.

   Biomass Harvest Technologies, Nelson Logging
   Chipping and Bundling
     - Brian Nelson
Economically gathering and hauling logging residue and other unmerchantable materials will be a challenge. Various methods for doing this will be demonstrated in a young red pine plantation.

   NewPage Corporation Wood Energy Boilers
     - Bob Aschbacher   Corporate Website
This major U.S. pulp & paper mill produces coated fine papers. It also produces process heat and electricity from mill wastes and fuel chips. The Escanaba, Norway, and Ontonogan paper mills produce 40% of all the wood-generated electricity in Michigan.

   BioDiesel Plant, AgSolutions
     - Richard VandeVusse  

This plant is Michigan's first biodiesel facility. It has the capacity to produce up to 10 million gallons of biodiesel annually. It uses soybean oil as a feedstock.

10 May 2007
Conference Schedule

Field Tours

  Messersmith Industrial Biomass Combustion Systems
     - Galen Messersmith   (website)
These units burn wood chips, sawdust, and other clean biomass very efficiently. Units can be sized for building demands for 500,000 to 20 million BTUs. Messersmith Systems include storage, walking floors, conveyance, metered augers, boiler, and are computer-controlled. These systems have low emissions.

  Vulcan Wood Products Pellet Mill
     - Jeff Goudreau
Wood pellets have gained in popularity world-wide in the last few years. They are burned in high-efficiency stoves and furnaces that ignite the fires only when needed. Pellets can be made from a variety of biomass feedstocks but here they are using sawmill residues.

  Louisiana-Pacific OSB Mill
     - Jon Lamy    (OSB sheathing in corporate website)
Here we discussed the energy management system in place at the mill.

  North Dickinson Schools Wood Boiler
     - Dan Nurmi, Principal  (school website)        Heating Costs
This school has been burning wood for heat for many years. We heard about the savings they realize and the logistics of operating a heating plant like this in a municipal building.




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