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Willows for Biomass

posted on October 25, 2002

And you say these willows will do what now?

Utilizing hybridized willow plants, a few farmers in up-state New York are participating in an experimental biomass program. Sponsored by the State University of New York College of Envrionmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, the willow branches will be cut, chipped and burned in a power plant on the shores of Lake Erie.

University scientists estimate large scale burning of willow chips could reduce the amount of coal burned in New York power plants by as much as 10 %.

The hearty willow varieties could be grown as an alternative to conventional crops with the added bonus of six harvests for every planting.

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