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Untapped energy resource - forest waste

posted May 19, 2012, 8:22 PM by ema-1 ema-1
"According to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, waste wood from forestry is currently worth about $10 a tonne on the open market. The relatively low return explains why much of it currently gets left behind to rot. But, given that pellets wholesale for about $500 a tonne, there is scope for waste wood prices to rise without a major impact on pellet prices.

Pellets and pellet fires remain a novelty in New Zealand homes.

If their use increased, then economies of scale and competition from manufacturers would likely see the cost of pellets come down, even if the extra demand saw waste wood prices rise to make recovery more economic"