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Mobilization of woody biomass for energy and industrial use

Smart logistics for forest residues, prunings and dedicated plantations


Tuesday 19 May 2015, FAO Headquarters,

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy – Red Room, Building A, first floor



08:45 Registration                                                     

Opening session: Role of bioenergy in EU and globally

Chair: Antti Asikainen, LUKE, INFRES project


Welcome – Antti Asikainen, Luke, INFRES Project

Opening – José Graziano da Silva, FAO

Biomass for adaptation to climate change - Vittorio Prodi, former MEP

R&I support to biomass supply for the bioeconomy Virginie Rimbert, DG AGRI, EC

IUFRO perspective – Raffaele Spinelli, CNR


10:30 Session 1: Best available and future technologies for biomass supply: Success stories and barriers of innovation

Chair: Antti Asikainen, LUKE, INFRES project

This session will present the most promising technologies that each project has developed and/or demonstrated. Here, the scope

is on single machines and operations. Barriers of innovation will also be addressed, in order to point at suitable strategies for the

successful affirmation of cost-effective, environmentally-friendly technology.



Developing of two pruning harvesting prototypes. First results – Luigi Pari, CRA-ING, EuroPruning

Machinery and systems for the sustainable supply of wood biomass from dedicated plantations – Nicola Yates, Rothamsted Research, LogistEC

Factors affecting a successful introduction and longevity of innovative systems and technologies in forest biomass harvesting – Dimitris Athanassiadis, SLU, INFRES




3 Flash presentations of products that have been demonstrated

High mobility truck-  Antti Ranta Konepaja, Karina Zaitseva, INFRES

WS 320 BIO - front windrowing mulcher - Nobili S.p.A, Matteo Montanari, LogistEC

ONG PC50: pruning harvester and chipper– Serena Naldoni, Europruning


12:10 Lunch break plus poster session


13:30 Session 2: Technology, raw materials and economy of the entire biomass supply chain

Chair: Benoit Gabrielle. LogistEC

This session will present and evaluate the entire supply chains studied in the three projects. The focus is on the economy of the

supply: what are the cost per unit operation (e.g. cutting of trees, loading and transport of biomass from the field to the road side,

baling, chipping etc.). Adding the individual cost components yields the total cost of biomass supply to the plant.



Briquetting of agricultural biomass, challenges in industrial production  - Mikkel Nielsen, CF Nielsen, LogistEC

Biomass from forests - Robert Prinz, Luke, INFRES

Biomass logistics costs from agricultural pruning.EuroPruning assessment-  Girma Gebresenbet, SLU, EuroPruning



3 Flash presentations of products that have been demonstrated

Hybrid chipper- Kesla Oy, Petri Kaksonen, INFRES

Smart logistics Sysytem  – Mobitron Ab, Sven-Olof Olsson, Europruning

Biomass Manager Tool– MHG-systems, Seppo Huurinainen, LogistEC


15:00 Coffee break

Session no. 3: Economic, environmental and social sustainability of biomass production

Chair: Fernando Sebastian, EuroPruning

In the third technical session, overall sustainability is evaluated for different sources (forest, farm, pruning, SRC etc.) of biomass.

 Each project will present its key sustainability concerns and possible solutions. In addition, impacts to employment, income

generation, etc. are presented. The ultimate question is: What are the most limiting sustainability issues identified, and how we

can overcome them?



Sustainability Impacts of bioenergy harvesting scenarios in European forests – Diana Tuomasjukka, EFI, INFRES

Environmental, economic and social issues for new logistics chains for biomass from prunings – Jan den Boer, Wroclaw

University of Environmental and Life Sciences, EuroPruning

Sustainability assesment of biomass supply chains from energy crops in Europe - Thor Bjorkvoll, SINTEF, LogistEC


Closing section: Perspectives beyond Europe

Chair: Antti Asikainen, LUKE, INFRES project


Cutting edge production and supply systems for biomass for energy in North America - Nathaniel M. Anderson, US Forest Service

Global perspective: FAO’s findings on Bioenergy in global and local context – Zuzhang Xia and Ana Kojakovic, FAO


17:00 Summary and closing remarks

Antti Asikainen, Fernando Sebastian, Benoit Gabrielle,

Eva Mueller and Virginie Rimbert


Pezzolato - Agile chipper for constrained space landings

Valentini - Valentini innovative full-suspension yarding system

Forstware - Optimizing logistics

CTFC - Innovation in the Mediterranean forest biomass supply chains

SILAVA - Expertise in management of fast-growing trees

SLU - Novel harvestingtechnologies for small trees

SLU - Root breakage diameter and disturbance of ground

SLU - Estimates of logging residues from selective logging

IVALSA - Comparing CTL with WTL harvesting in the thinning

Bernandi - The first Italian forwarder specific for biomass

ITABIA - Mechanization and adding value for woody agro-forestry

Facma - Comby- pruning picker-up shredder

Skogtekniska Klustret - Industry and research join in the cluster

VTT- International standards for wood chips and hog fuel

VTT - Biomass feedstock supply through terminals

SRC EU Project - SRC plantations for local supply chains and heat use

GWR Polish Project - Greenwood Resources Europes overwiew

Progeco - Progeco engineering and solutions

ISPRA - Mobilization of wood biomass for energy and industrial use

ISPRA-ENEA - PM 2.5 emissions from biomass combustion

FLC - Harvesting of heart stumps from poplar and maritime pine

University Guilan - Productivity and cost analysis of skidding machines

Jaakko Pöyry - Wood and biomass sourcing strategies