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Engineering Factors for Biomass Baler Design

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  078047.(doi:10.13031/2013.23544)
Authors:   David Lanning, James Dooley, Mark DeTray, Chris Lanning
Keywords:   Biomass, Biomass Transportation, Biomass Handling, Biomass Baler

Woody biomass is a core element of our nation's strategy to replace imported oil and natural gas with renewable resources. The challenge facing potential biomass users, however, is how to economically recover and transport the material from residential neighborhoods, urban centers and suburban landscapes to distant users. Our preferred solution is to bale the bulky biomass at the roadside to reduce the cost of at-site processing, increase payloads during hauling, and preserve physical properties for more appropriate feedstock processing by woody biomass users. A preliminary step towards this goal is determining the appropriate bale and baler size.

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