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Biomass plant benefits from fire-damaged Kauai forest

The state has started cutting down trees on 300 acres of Kauai forest reserve that were scorched by wildfire in 2012 and sending the wood to be processed at a new biomass-to-energy plant. Some 15,000 tons of eucalyptus and pine trees will be removed, according to an article in The Maui News.

The state will use the $300,000 to $500,000 it gets from selling the logs to the Green Energy facility to plant trees. The biomass-to-energy plant is scheduled to be connected to Kauai's electricity grid next month. It's expected to supply about 11 percent of the island's energy needs, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative said on its website.

Compared to a conventional power plant, the biomass facility releases far less sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Additionally, the ash - which by weight will be between 1 and 3 percent of the overall tonnage burned - will be recycled as fertilizer for the trees that Green Energy will grow.



Read the entire article from 6 March on The Maui News website



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