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What is Woody Biomass Utilization?

Woody biomass utilization is simply the conversion of woody biomass into a usable form—usually energy or products.

Common woody biomass products include:

  • Densified fuels (wood pellets, firelogs, etc.)
  • Bundled firewood
  • Mill products (chips, bark, sawdust, etc.)
  • Soil additives and amendments (compost, mulch, etc.)
  • Solid wood products (lumber, roundwood, etc.)
  • Pulp for paper products
  • Organic chemicals and liquids (alcohol, ehtanol, turpentine, fragrances, etc.)

Common energy uses of woody biomass include:

  • Wood-fired power-generating plants
  • Industrial cogeneration systems
  • Institutional space heating systems
  • Home heating