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Harvesting Energy Timber

Written by Reinhard Sperr on January 17, 2018 in Energy Plants Knowledgebase wood fuel

Harvesting is in the vegetation pause between December and March depending on planting distances and varieties every 2-10 years. Willows and robinia re harvested more frequently than poplars. Similarly, smaller distances or fully mechanized harvesting also provide results oftener than larger distances and extensive harvesting methods.

Harvesting can be fully mechanized using re-built maize choppers and custom-built machines, and it can be economically reasonable for not very wide entrances for areas starting from 3 ha. On smaller areas, harvesting would be performed in a partly mechanized method, using a chainsaw or brushcutter and a trailer.

For your own needs or for storage and private selling, it should be dried down to below 30 %. Deliveries to heating stations can also be performed with fresh harvest; however, depending on the delivery contract, you can usually expect to have wet harvest.

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