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Computer Model of Satellite Storage Locations for Herbaceous Biomass Handling

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

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1009058.(doi:10.13031/2013.29795)
Authors:   Douglas K Brownell, Jude Liu
Keywords:   Biomass, Satellite Storage Location, SSL, Switchgrass, Handling, Storage

A commercial hay compressor was used to compress switchgrass bales and evaluate the effectiveness of the compressor operating on herbaceous biomass. The compressor operated at 0.1104 hours per ton and .5435 gallons per ton to compress the material. Assuming labor costs are 15 dollars per hour and fuel is 3 dollars per gallon, the labor and fuel costs are 1.66 dollars per ton and 1.63 dollars per ton, respectively. Including the machinery costs and 2 laborers, the total price would be 16.44 dollars per ton to compress the biomass.

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