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Potential of Natural-Origin Loblolly Pine Tree Fractions as A Bioenergy Feedstock

A Mandalika, D Bragg, J Schuler, D Baker, T Elder, L Groom

Abstract


Chemical characterization was performed on ten different samples of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.), representing various woody components of trees (bole, slab, tops and branches, and whole tree) harvested from two naturally regenerated forests in southern Arkansas (USA). Ultimate analysis, proximate analysis using thermogravimetry, and the energy content of the samples were determined to help evaluate their bioenergy utility. These whole tree samples may be an attractive prospect for bioenergy applications such as gasification, pelletization, and combustion, owing to favorable heating content values and relatively low ash content. Although a number of logistical challenges exist in their acquisition and processing, slabs, topwood, and branches offer opportunities for bioenergy applications that can increase the utilization of forest residues without threatening more traditional uses of wood in lumber, panels, and paper.  Finally, we then briefly consider the silvicultural implications of these results for naturally regenerated southern pine-dominated forests.


Keywords


Loblolly pine; Bioenergy; Chemical Characterization; Forest Residues; Thinnings

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