TITLE

Probabilistic assessment of forest biomass storage times and its effect on cost: A beech biomass case study

AUTHOR(S)
Gallis, Christos
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
Forest Products Journal;Oct2003, Vol. 53 Issue 10, p44
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The storage time of beech forest biomass units in northern Greece were recorded through time studies in different stands, at the roadside, and at the mill yard. Probability distribution of each recorded storage time was assessed. The distribution and cost data were inserted into a simulation model. By running the model the cost for each intermediary storage time was calculated. This cost represents the interest rate cost and the loss value cost due to fiber deterioration of the beech forest biomass units (cord cubic meters) during storage. Results showed that forest site storage adds a cost of 61.12 percent of the total felling cost and 6.30 percent of the total final cost. The roadside storage adds a cost of 59.67 percent of the total cost at the roadside and 19.9 percent of the total final cost. Mill yard storage adds a cost of 61.1 percent of the at-the-mill cost and 53.81 percent of the total final cost. The introduction of a vertical integration in Greek forest biomass operational system is recommended.
ACCESSION #
11192067

 

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