Webinar: Economics of Transportable Biomass Conversion Facilities

What you’ll learn

To characterize the potential economic viability of transportable biomass conversion facilities for producing biochar, briquettes, and torrefied wood, biomass supply chains were modeled and optimized for five sub-regions within the Pacific Northwest. This webinar presents and discusses the results of this sub-regional analysis of transportable, near-forest biomass conversion facilities. We will discuss the impacts of regional feedstock composition and availability, transportation costs, facility movement, and biomass conversion technology upon the supply chain cost structure. We will also address the importance of biomass moisture management on cost control, the economics of scale for transportable plants, and sensitivity of results to market pricing, conversion facility design, product yield assumptions, access, and costs of electrical grid energy and State transportation regulations.

Who may benefit

Forestland managers, logging and biomass contractors, biomass conversion tech firms, biomass marketing specialists, government agencies that regulate air quality, academics interested in utilization of biomass, and more.


  • Michael Berry: Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management, Oregon State University
  • John Sessions: Professor, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University

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