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  • 1. Björheden, Rolf
    et al.
    Gullberg, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Johansson, Jerry
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Systems analyses for harvesting small trees for forest fuel in urban forestry2003In: Biomass and Bioenergy, ISSN 0961-9534, E-ISSN 1873-2909, Vol. 24, no 4-5Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Gullberg, Tomas
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Johansson, Jerry
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    A method for integrated extraction of logging residues and soil scarification on a small scale2006In: Biomass and Bioenergy, ISSN 0961-9534, E-ISSN 1873-2909, Vol. 30, no 12, p. 1035-1042Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A new method for integrated haulage of logging residues and soil scarification on a small-scale has been evaluated. The base machine was a farm tractor to which a grapple loader trailer was attached. The grapple loader had an attachment on the grapple used for the integrated recovery of forest energy from logging residues and soil scarification. The machine was in this case, when hauling the logging residues fresh, also used for hauling round wood. It may even be used for, e.g. spreading wood ashes (only simulated). Conventional machine systems with special machines for all four types of work result in very high fixed costs for moving, etc. which makes cost unacceptable for many small sites. Effective time per dry ton of logging residues was 28.4min in the integrated method, of which soil scarification was 14.3min. Average load size was about 1.3ton dry matter (about 2.9m3 solid). The soil scarification plots covered 12% of the surface. Cost calculations show that the integration of several activities results in substantially lower costs for small harvesting sites. For sites of about 1.5ha the cost is about the same as for conventional machines. The studied method creates new possibilities for self-employed forest owners to do the work themselves and, in case of lower personal cost and no moving cost, reduce cost further.

  • 3.
    Henning, Annette
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Environmental Engineering.
    Social Anthropological and Interdisciplinary Research on the Conversion of Electrically Heated Single Family Houses to Heating by Combined Pellet-Solar Systems2004In: Biomass and Bioenergy, ISSN 0961-9534, E-ISSN 1873-2909, no 27, p. 547-555Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Johansson, Jerry
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Liss, Jan-Erik
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Gullberg, Tomas
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Björheden, Rolf
    Transport and handling of forest energy bundles: advantages and problems2006In: Biomass and Bioenergy, ISSN 0961-9534, E-ISSN 1873-2909, Vol. 30, no 4, p. 334-341Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bundling is a technology used to create a compressed and uniform handling unit from logging residues and other small size energy wood. The bundles may be handled and transported with the same equipment that is used for conventional roundwood. Bundles also offer other advantages such as ''cool systems'', good storing characteristics etc. This study deals with some advantages and problems of transport and handling bundled small size energy wood as an alternative to chips. Transport cost, from stump to consumer, is calculated. Two types of material were included in the analysis: bundles and fuel chips. Transport alternatives included transports directly to consumer as well as transports of bundles via a terminal for drying and chipping, and then, in the form of fuel chips directly to consumer with a bulk cargo truck. The study shows that bundles (especially if dry) are cheaper to transport than fuel chips in road transport bins. The useful cargo space is the limiting factor for trucks when transporting dry material. Transport cost decreased until the moisture content reached the critical levels, below 40.9% for chips in road transport bins and below 44.7% for bundles on timber truck. However, there are also other advantages with a dryer material. Chipping cost is lowest in the terminal alternative and highest in the system with chipping loose logging residues in the stand. However, transport via terminal sharply increases the total costs, due to handling and increased transportation work, especially on shorter distances. Transport of uncovered bundles on conventional log trucks can be dangerous because of the risk for pieces of wood falling off. Bundles may also disintegrate during handling. The risk increases if the bundles are not reinforced with e.g. long tops and small trees, or if the strings are damaged during storing. Sisal strings deteriorate and lose their strength after a relatively short period. Thus, they are less suitable than strings of, e.g. polypropylene. Cost savings in transport and chipping indicate an allowed cost for bundling of approximately 4-5Euro/MWh for short to medium transport distances, to be competitive to the chip alternative. Cost estimates of bundling and covering of stacks with paper indicate that the handling cost is about the same as for chips for short to medium transport distances. However, for longer transport distances and through other advantages such as possibilities for return transports, a dryer and more storable material, cooler systems etc. may increase acceptable bundling-cost substantially.

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