Glasnik Sumarskog fakulteta 2006 Volume , Issue 94, Pages: 159-170
doi:10.2298/GSF0694159K
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Dense poplar plantations as the raw material for the production of energy

Klašnja Bojana, Orlović Saša, Galić Zoran, Pap Predrag, Katanić Marina

The higher heating value of wood and bark was determined for several poplar (Populus spp) clones. The study included the juvenile one year old plants of the following clones: P.×euramericana cl. ostia, P. nigra cl.53/86, P. deltoides cl. PE 19/66, P.×euramericana cl. I-214, P. deltoides cl. S6-7 and P.×euramericana cv. robusta. By using FVI which takes into account ash content, wood bulk density, and moisture content, it was determined that poplar wood can be a significant energy raw material, primarily thanks to its short rotation cycle and a very high wood volume increment. Significant differences were determined in the values of wood basic density which affect the higher heating value of the study poplar clones, and consequently the yield (weight) of biomass produced per unit area of dense plantations. This is reflected also on the estimated amount of energy that can be produced by the combustion of biomass of the whole one year old plants.

Keywords: Populus spp., clones, planting density, higher heating value

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