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Exciting addition to In-field chipping workshop

20 May 2022

Forest-based biofuels are occupying an increasingly important role in energy supply. Conversions of large sale industrial heat plants to renewables, including biomass is ensuring that local forest owners and wood harvesting operations are starting to sit up and really take notice. The market and demand are already there. It’s increasing and the economics are starting to stack up.

Aggregating bio-fuel supplies regionally to ensure a reliable and consistent supply to these large end users is now being grappled with. How best to extract or harvest logging residues, procedures that can be used to store, dry, handle and transport these residues or chips are also being trialled and used out in the field operationally.

Chipping or grinding at the landing or skid site, chipping at a centralised processing site inside the forest, outside the forest or at a customer’s operation and extracting and delivering loose or bundled logging residues, all require specialised equipment.

In-field Chipping Workshop planned

As part of this region’s major Residues to Revenues 2022 (R2R) event being run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 26-27 July, a spotlight is being put on the opportunities opening up to forestry companies to better utilising forest residues, bin wood, offcuts that until now have been left on landings, short length or malformed logs that won’t meet MDF, pulp-mill or chip export log specifications.

An informative 90-minute showcase (including equipment that’s being brought to the venue for display) has been set up for R2R delegates. It will cover new technologies for processing forest slash, logging residues and stump wood and will feature major equipment suppliers from around the world.

Recent addition to workshop

In addition to presentations from leading tree and wood chipping suppliers, Peterson, Morbark and Precision Husky, the Managing Director of one of Australia’s oldest and largest chipping companies, Phillip Dohnt, of LV Dohnt & Co, operating a fleet of in-field whole tree chippers, major chipping and debarking facilities and wood harvesting operations in pine and eucalypt plantations across the SE of South Australia, Western Victoria and the Great Southern Region of Western Australia, has just confirmed that he will also be presenting live in Rotorua as part of the workshop.

A family-owned business it continues today with fourth generation family members running the innovative company. Further details on the company can be viewed below.

Details on the Residues2Revenues 2022 event can be viewed here. Room at the venue is filling up fast. Details on the pre-conference In-Field Chipping workshop, which is free to Residues2Revenues 2022 delegates, can be viewed here.

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