Appropriate Technology Biomass Collection Systems for Smallwood Utilization

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Amount:
$79,882.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
2005-33610-15483
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
2005-00004
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Forest Concepts, LLC
1911 SW Campus Dr., #655, Federal Way, WA, 98023
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 James Dooley
 Executive Manager
 (253) 838-4759
 jdooley@seanet.com
Business Contact
 James Dooley
Title: Executive Manager
Phone: (253) 838-4759
Email: jdooley@seanet.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The project addresses National priorities to concurrently reduce fuel loadings (i.e., remove excess forest biomass) from forested lands and improve the economic and employment sustainability of rural communities. Forestlands adjacent to roads and in the true wildland-urban interface (WUI) are among the most expensive to thin due to aesthetic, safety and public access concerns. However, near-road landscapes may enable low-cost recovery of biomass for value added utilization in adjacent communities. Currently available equipment systems were developed for traditional log and wood chip hauling, or are adopted from the waste handling or other industrial uses. None of the existing transport systems has proven efficient or effective to deliver forest biomass from small units to community-based wood-based industries. Lack of efficient and effective equipment systems limit smallwood business development and increases the required subsidy from federal and state governments. Innovative equipment and transport systems will be developed that are appropriate for forest thinning contractors and the communities they work with. This project proposes to design and develop biomass handling systems that enable collection and handling of the various fractions of thinned forest biomass such that the materials can be allocated to their highest and best use in surrounding communities.

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