Community biomass handbook volume I: Thermal wood energy

Dennis R. Becker, Eini Lowell, Dan Bihn, Roy Anderson, Steven J. Taff

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This handbook and financial app is a guide to help communities quickly determine if biomass energy projects might work for them so that this option is not overlooked. Its purpose is as a screening tool designed to save significant time, resources, and investment by weeding out those wood energy projects that may never come to fruition from those that have a chance of success. It establishes technical, financial, and social criteria and indicators to evaluate proposed biomass investment options. Through showcasing of successful projects using text, photos, video interviews, and diagrams, it facilitates virtual project planning and interaction with experts. The interactive wood energy financial app allows estimation of capital investment costs to facilitate project design and screening across a variety of wood energy options. The calculator can be accessed from the eBook or from the Web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-97
Number of pages97
JournalUSDA Forest Service - General Technical Report PNW-GTR
Issue number899 GTR
StatePublished - 2014


  • Biomass energy
  • Community biomass handbook


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