Tuesday, February 7, 2012
SHORT-ROTATION WILLOW FOR BIOENERGY, BIOPRODUCTS, AGROFORESTRY AND PHYTOREMEDIATION IN THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES
Lawrence P. Abrahamson (SUNY-ESF), Timothy A. Volk (SUNY-ESF), Lawrence B. Smart (Cornell), Edwin H. White (SUNY-ESF)
Decades of research and experience with willow biomass crops in the U.S and Europe has resulted in the development of a system that is currently at a pre-commercial stage as an alternative crop for the production of heat, power, fuels and/or bioproducts. In the future other conversion technologies, including a biorefinery model, will provide other viable bioenergy and bioproduct markets.
Ongoing research will optimize the production system and increase yields, which will further lower costs associated with the system. The current shrub willow biomass crop production system is also being adapted for phytoremediation, living snowfences, and riparian buffers.
Farmers in the U.S. may use willows as an alternative crop – to produce feedstock for fuel and bioproducts applications - and as vegetation filter strips in riparian areas. Land managers, landscape architects, and engineers will incorporate willow into various environmental management systems.
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