Analysis on the trend of the utilization of woody biomass- Production, supply, and practical use of woody biomass -

Byeong Il Ahn, Chul Hwan Kim, Ji Young Lee, Sung Woong Shim, Hu Seung Jo, Gyeong Sun Lee, Jee Young Lee

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Wood biomass including forest residues, waste wood, and construction residuals has been widely generated in Korea, but forest biomass from the National Forest Management Operation Project plays a big role in generating wood biomass. Unfortunately the promotion policy of woody energy organized by the Forest Service in Korea concentrates more on demand creation rather than on supply expansion. Therefore, in order to utilize insufficient wood resources effectively, it is greatly required to develop uses for maximizing their added value. In particular, more attention to the use of the second generation biomass has been paid in foreign countries because there is a threshold that the first generation biomass cannot produce enough biofuel without threatening food supplies and biodiversity. In Korea, wood pellets are regarded as the alternative clean fuels to oils and coals that emit green house gases into the atmosphere. However, using wood as pellet raw materials can not be an economic way because the value of wood disappears right after burning in the boiler in spite of its contribution to the decrease of carbon emission. Differently from wood pellets, kraft pulping process using woody biomass produces black liquor as a by-product which can be used to generate electricity, bioenergy and biochemicals through gasification. Thus, it can be more economical to make a torrefaction of lignocellulosic biomass such as low-quality wood and agricultural leftovers as raw materials of pellets. Woody biomass, the first generation biomass, the second generation biomass, wood pellets, torrefaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-42
Number of pages11
JournalPalpu Chongi Gisul/Journal of Korea Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Media Technology


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