Woody Biomass Utilization Initiative

Source: JOIN IEA/IRENA Policy and Measures Database
Last updated: 9 February 2017

Woody Biomass Utilization (WBU) is a Federal strategy that promotes and guides the removal of woody biomass from agency and partner lands. Policy principles include spreading the consideration of woody biomass utilization strategies, its effectiveness for restoration and fuels treatment projects, and encouraging the sustainable development and stabilization of woody biomass utilization markets. Such use can reduce smoke and GHG emissions by up to 97% compared to open burning. Use as a bio-based product (timber, engineered lumber, paper and pulp, furniture, plastics, etc.) may also sequester carbon. The WBU Grant Program provides funding for engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis of bioenergy facilities. These facilities must use commercially proven technologies to process woody biomass and produce thermal, electrical, or liquid/gaseous bioenergy. Examples of projects include engineering design of a) woody biomass boiler for steam at a sawmill, hospital, or school; b) non-pressurized hot water system for various applications; or c) biomass power generation facility.

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