Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential and Forest Carbon Stocks in Biscay (Spain)
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Rafael Moreno ’Pitxitxi’, n 3. 48013 Bilbao, Spain
Department of Applied Mathematics, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Rafael Moreno ’Pitxitxi’, n 3. 48013 Bilbao, Spain
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Barrio Sarriena s/n, 48940 Leioa, Spain
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Academic Editors: Michael Battaglia and Timothy A. Martin
Received: 25 November 2015 / Revised: 15 March 2016 / Accepted: 16 March 2016 / Published: 29 March 2016
The aim of this research is to identify, quantify and characterize the potential available forest biomass of Pinus radiata
D. Don and Eucalyptus globulus
Labill. across Biscay province in northern Spain. In order to do this, we have used information from the National Inventories of Spain to quantify the amount of carbon dioxide accumulated in the forests of Biscay by means of stratum-species-based forestry statistics. The total biomass and biomass fractions have been estimated using two different methods: allometric biomass equations (ABE) and biomass expansion factors (BEF). The second objective is to develop a methodology to quantify and produce a cartography of the prospective energy production of residual biomass from the most representative forest species of Biscay. For this purpose, we have used a Geographic Information System (GIS) computer tool. We have found that the stock of carbon accumulated in the main forest species in Biscay in 2014 amounts to 8.2 Tg (ABE) and 6.63 Tg (BEF) equivalent to 30 and 24.3 Tg of CO2
, respectively. The quantity of forestry biomass residue (FBR) obtained has been estimated as 52,214 Mg·year-1
dry matter. This amount means a prospective energy supply of 947,000 GJ·year-1
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Mateos, E.; Garrido, F.; Ormaetxea, L. Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential and Forest Carbon Stocks in Biscay (Spain). Forests 2016, 7, 75.
Mateos E, Garrido F, Ormaetxea L. Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential and Forest Carbon Stocks in Biscay (Spain). Forests. 2016; 7(4):75.
Mateos, Esperanza; Garrido, Florencio; Ormaetxea, Leyre. 2016. "Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential and Forest Carbon Stocks in Biscay (Spain)." Forests 7, no. 4: 75.
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