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The Energy Efficiency Of Willow Biomass Production In Poland – A Comparative Study
- Szczukowski, Stefan, Tworkowski, Józef, Stolarski, Mariusz J., Krzyżaniak, Michał
- Papers on global change IGBP 2015 v.22 no.1 pp. 123-130
- Salix, biomass production, coppicing, energy efficiency, field experimentation, harvesting, Poland
- Field experiments with willow (Salix L.) coppice cultivation and Eko-Salix systems have been conducted at the University of Warmia and Mazury since 1992. In that wider context, the aim of the work described here was to compare energy inputs involved in setting up a plantation and producing biomass, and to assess the efficiency of willow-chips production under the coppice and Eko-Salix systems. The energy gain determined in the experiments was several to more than twenty times as great as the inputs needed to operate the plantation and to harvest willow biomass, this leaving both systems of willow cultivation under study attractive where setting up short-rotation coppices is concerned.