Perspectives on woody biomass fuel value and specifications in Alabama

  • Authors: Mitchell, Dana
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: ASABE Paper No. 068050. St. Joseph, Mich.: ASABE.


Pulp and paper mills in Alabama buy woody biomass but the specifications required by the mills vary and are not widely known. Some characteristics of woody biomass that are often included in mill specifications include size, species, ash and moisture content. These characteristics are briefly reviewed in reference to how they impact the energy value, physical handling or processing of the material. An informal structured telephone interview was used to obtain the mill specifications and testing procedures used in some of the pulp and paper mills in Alabama. Finally, the relationships between woody biomass characteristics and the mill specifications were summarized.

  • Citation: Mitchell, Dana. 2006. Perspectives on woody biomass fuel value and specifications in Alabama. ASABE Paper No. 068050. St. Joseph, Mich.: ASABE.
  • Keywords: biomass, logging residue, mill specifications, energy, hog fuel
  • Posted Date: November 17, 2006
  • Modified Date: November 17, 2006
  • Print Publications Are No Longer Available

    In an ongoing effort to be fiscally responsible, the Southern Research Station (SRS) will no longer produce and distribute hard copies of our publications. Many SRS publications are available at cost via the Government Printing Office (GPO). Electronic versions of publications may be downloaded, printed, and distributed.

    Publication Notes

    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
    • Our online publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact the SRS webmaster if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
    • To view this article, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.