View Old-growth burning reignites biomass debate
Aaron Beswick, Chronicle Herald, Mar 17, 2018.**
With 84% of area cuts being burnt via the Biomass Burner (73%) or Firewood (11%), PHP, NSP, NSDNR and even FSC are doing their part to increase GHG emissions while calling the practices “sustainable”.
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RS: This story seems right out of a Walt Disney movie script.. the old growth forest being fed into a big old inefficient giant biomass boiler. I mean the solar energy conversion of an Acadian forest to power is just brutal. If the annual growth increment is 2 tonnes per ha per year it would be converting sunlight to biomass at about 0.3% per year and then the power plant is operating at 30% efficiency so its sunlight to biomass to electricity at 0.1% efficiency. A modern solar power plant converts sunlight to power at 20% efficiency so its 200X more efficient. Seems to me a few more wind and solar power system installs would be cheaper and employ as many people.
** Regrettably, the Chronicle Herald apparently deleted a lot of its older online materials when it shifted to a new platform in Sep 2018, so this links leads to a “not available” notice. Below is a summary from Google: