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EcoWillow 2.0 - Economic Analysis of Shrub Willow Crops

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Presenters:

  • Justin Heavey, Senior Research Support Specialist, Forest & Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF;
  • Timothy Volk, Senior Research Associate, Forest & Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF

EcoWillow is a financial analysis tool for willow biomass crops originally developed by SUNY-ESF in 2008 based on 20 years of research and commercial development of the industry. This tool has been downloaded by over 1000 users in 70 countries.

The model has now been comprehensively updated based on the latest data from commercial willow operations in the northeastern U.S and re-released as EcoWillow 2.0. Key updates to the model include

  • a new “fields” module for the inclusion of multiple field locations, transport distances, and headland areas in one project analysis;
  • an updated harvest module based on time-motion studies of the latest harvesting technology developed in partnership with Case New Holland;
  • a more user-friendly design.

This webinar will explain and demonstrate some of the new features in more detail, provide a brief tutorial, model several example crop production scenarios showing the impact of key variables on production costs and profitability, and answer questions about the model and its use. The EcoWillow 2.0 model and several supporting fact sheets are available for download at no cost from http://www.esf.edu/willow/download.htm.

 

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The NEWBio Webinar Series  is hosted by Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy and held (usually) on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast. http://www.newbio.psu.edu/Extension/Webinars.asp

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Justin Heavey & Tim Volk, SUNY ESF
Acknowledgments: 

The NEWBio Webinar Series  is hosted by Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy and held (usually) on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast. http://www.newbio.psu.edu/Extension/Webinars.asp

This NEWBio Webinar Series is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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U.S. Carbon Policy Trends and Implications for the Biomass Industry

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Presenters: Jessie Stolark and Laura Small, Policy Associates with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute

This webinar provides an overview of the Clean Power Plan (CPP): the keystone policy of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, an ambitious goal to cut economy wide greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

The CPP will reduce greenhouse gases from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030 through a variety of measures. While the rule was finalized last fall, 2016 will still see the unfolding of numerous legal challenges to the rule and finalization of the Federal Implementation Plan option (required by non-compliant states). This presentation will cover the history and precedence for the CPP, how EPA expects states to comply with the rule, opportunities for biomass stakeholders to engage with EPA and state air regulators on the rule, and the potential implications to the U.S. biomass industry.

About this webinar series
The Clean Power Plan (CPP) was announced by President Obama and the EPA in August 2015 and provides the first-ever national standards that address carbon pollution from power plants. The final rule takes into account over 4.3 million stakeholder and public comments to ease its implementation, with individual states, tribes, and territories building their own plans to meet mandated carbon reduction goals specific to each planning entity. The proposed state plans outlining how this will be achieved must contain specific steps for each tool in a portfolio of methods used to meet state-level goals: emissions trading, increasing energy efficiency on both supply and demand sides, shifting coal generation to natural gas generation, and/or increasing renewable power generation. That last category leaves room for biomass energy, but stakeholders in the bioeconomy still seek clarification on exactly how biomass could or should fit in to a state plan. This webinar series begins to tackle that question, providing guidance, information from cutting-edge research, and expert perspectives on the role sustainable bioenergy can play in state plans designed to meet CPP requirements. Though the US Supreme Court recently granted a stay on the CPP, many states continue developing their individual plans, and the need for information and clarity regarding this policy remains.

To find out more about this webinar series and look ahead to the full lineup of presentations, visit the CPP Webinar Series Homepage: http://www.newbio.psu.edu/cppwebinar.asp

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Jessie Stolark & Laura Small, Env. & Energy Study
Acknowledgments: 
  • The NEWBio Webinar Series is hosted by Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy community ; held (usually) on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast.

    The NEWBio series is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

 

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Short Rotation Woody Crops in the Northeast - Northeast Bioenergy Webinar

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Friday, August 26, 2011

This webinar, presented by Tim Volk of SUNY ESF, is part of the Northeast Bioenergy Webinar Series hosted by Penn State Extension.

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
SUNY-ESF Willow Project
Acknowledgments: 

Penn State Extension, SUNY-ESF Willow Project

Shrub Willow - Carbon Sequestration & Renewable Energy

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Levels of carbon sequestration in the root system of the shrub willow have proven to be even greater than previously thought. In this video, Dr. Timothy Volk explains how the shrub willow is both producing a renewable energy resource and also storing carbon dioxide in the ground.
 
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Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
SUNY-ESF Willow Project
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Willow Production and Harvesting

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Willow biomass crops are being developed for marginal agricultural land across the Northeast and Midwest U.S. 
 
New single pass cut and chip harvesting systems for willow crops can easily be converted for chopping silage, explaining why willow wood crop production is on the rise. The harvesting system is also being tested in other woody crops like hybrid poplar and eucalyptus.
Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
SUNY-ESF Willow Project
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Northeast Bioenergy Webinar—Willow Biomass Harvest & Quality

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

In the past, harvesting short rotation woody crops has been costly and often produced material that was not acceptable to end users. In this month's webinar, we will explore recent developments in the operation of a single-pass cut and chip harvester used in willow biomass operations and how improvements to the harvester have reduced costs. We will also discuss some of the key characteristics of harvested biomass (such as ash content, moisture content, and chip size) and relate the information collected from commercial-scale harvests to new International Standard Organization (ISO) standards for wood chips. This webinar presentation was prepared by Tim Volk and Mark Eisenbies of SUNY-ESF.

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Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Tim Volk and Mark Eisenbies, SUNY-ESF
Acknowledgments: 

Tim Volk and Mark Eisenbies, SUNY-ESF Willow Project

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