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Market Development for Private Wood

Forest Biomass

Around the world but, particularly in advanced European countries forest, biomass is an ever growing and important renewable energy source.  It utilises residues that would otherwise be wasted or used for pulp production.  The public and political parties of all persuasions supported  this end use and it is partly subsidised by governments.

This contrasts markedly with Australia where forest residue use for energy is insignificant, even though a significant amount of harvesting and processing residues are currently burnt in the open or dumped in landfills.  PFT has actively participated in bringing awareness of the huge potential  of biomass to Tasmanians and the concept is now gradually gaining support.

Prof Dr Andreas Rothe – Forest biomass for energy

Forestry Tasmania hosted Dr Andreas Rothe from Germany in the first half of 2013 while he undertook a sabbatical project investigating the current and potential use of Tasmanian  forest biomass for energy and comparing that to the situation in Europe.  Dr Rothe is an expert in this field.  He is a Professor at the forest faculty of the University of Applied Sciences in Weihenstephan, Germany where he teaches applied forest ecology and environmental resource  management.  PFT assist Dr Rothe by providing data about the private estate.  The report from this project has become the seminal reference on this subject.

Forest Biomass for Energy - Current and potential use in Tasmania and a comparison with European experience (PDF 868.62KB)

Tasmania - a place of opportunity for Biomass

The Cultural and Tourism Industry Development Division has prepared a brochure (2014) promoting Tasmania as a place of opportunity for biomass project developers and investors.  It points  out that as well has having a very large volume of uncommitted and certified forest biomass available, the State is also endowed with excellent infrastructure, a skilled workforce, a well-established engineering sector, and an excellent research capacity.  Free confidential services and professional  advice for investors is available through the Invest Tasmania arm of the Tasmanian Government.  Visit the Invest Tasmania website for additional information.

Biomass Energy Brochure (PDF 858KB)

Dorset Woody Biomass Pre-Feasibility Study 2013

Dorset Renewable Industries Pty Ltd (DRI) investigated opportunities for establishment of a biofuel production plant in the township of Scottsdale.  Based on the strategic model developed in 2012 by Private Forests Tasmania (PFT) it appeared there would be sufficient woody biomass  available from the Non-Industrial Private Forest (NIPF) estate within a 65km radius of the townships to sustainably supply such a plant over a 20 year lifespan at the rate of 150,000 green tonnes per annum.

The pre-feasibility study was commissioned by the Department of Economic Development Tourism and the Arts (DEDTA) to prove up these strategic estimates of resource availability from the NIPF estate, prior to any commitment to a full economic feasibility study. Esk Mapping and GIS (EMG) were engaged on behalf of PFT to undertake this study, which was expanded to include a review of the scale and extent of other private and public forest resources within the Dorset Project area.

To view a full version of this study, click the link below.

Dorset Woody Biomass Pre-Feasibility Study 2013 (PDF 6.36MB)

Huon Woody Biomass Pre-Feasibility Study 2013

Huon Valley Diversified Industries Incorporated (HVDII) investigated opportunities for establishment of biofuel or bioenergy production in the township of Huonville.  Based on a strategic model developed in 2012 by Private Forests Tasmania (PFT), it appeared there would be sufficient woody  biomass available from the Non-Industrial Private Forest (NIPF) estate within a 34km radius of the township to sustainably supply such a plant over a 20 year lifespan at the rate of 150,000 green tonnes per annum.

This pre-feasibility study was commissioned by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (DEDTA) to prove up these strategic estimates of resource availability from the NIPF estate, prior to any commitment to a full economic feasibility study. Esk Mapping & GIS (EMG) were engaged on behalf of PFT to undertake this study, which was expanded to include a review of the scale and extent of other private and public  forest resources within the Huon project area.

To view a full version of this study, click the link below.

Huon Woody Biomass Pre-Feasibility Study 2013 (PDF 4.91MB)