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Energy efficiency in intensified production of forest regeneration materials – design of a photovoltaic system for sustainably powering an innovative forestry incubator
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6805-2112
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Forest and Wood Technology.
2014 (English)In: The International Forestry Review Vol.16 (5), 2014 / [ed] John A. Parrotta, Cynthia F. Moser, Amy J. Scherzer, Nancy E. Koerth and Daryl R. Lederle, 2014, Vol. 16, no 5, 393-393 p.Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Planted forests can contribute addressing problems of global concern such as climate change mitigation, biodiversity lost and pressure on ecosystems due to high demand of forestry products. However, in order to be able to profit from these benefits sustainably, production rates of forest regeneration materials should be higher than the harvesting rates. Nevertheless, intensive production methods often bring along adverse consequences for the environment. In the frame of the ZEPHYR project, funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), innovative and cost-friendly technologies for the pre-cultivation are being developed. They will be integrated into a functional and transportable system for a large scale production of seedlings, with zero-impact on the environment and not affected by outdoor conditions. To achieve this, high efficiency devices with low energy consumption will be used and the incubator will be powered by solar energy. This work aims to present the efforts made to reduce the energy loads and optimize the photovoltaic (PV) system. The power system will also be capable of connecting to the electricity grid, using a diesel generator as a back-up, and a battery bank with at least one day of autonomy (up to 7 kWh/day) in central European latitudes.   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 16, no 5, 393-393 p.
Keyword [en]
Planted forest, photovoltaic system, climate change mitigation, incubator, forest regeneration materials
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Forest Science Energy Systems
Research subject
Energy, Forests and Built Environments, Zephyr, EU projekt inom 7:e ramprogrammet, europeiskt samverkansprojekt för utveckling av ny energisnål och miljövänlig teknik för produktion av skogsplantor
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-16436OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-16436DiVA: diva2:764946
Conference
Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research. XXIV IUFRO World Congress, 5-11 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 308313
Available from: 2014-11-20 Created: 2014-11-20 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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