Researchers use flue gas to dry wood chips

By Staff | June 05, 2014

A research team at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry recently received a $150,000 grant from the New York Energy Research Development Authority to study the use of flue gas to dry wood chips, improving their efficiency as a heat source.

According to the ESF, the funding will support the fabrication of a system that can test the effectiveness of flue gas in drying chips and model its potential success as an energy-saving way of making wood chips more effective at producing heat.

Thomas Amidon, the principal investigator on the project, is working with machinist Bob Kelly, who is constructing a unit designed by Sergiy Lavrykov, a research associate in ESF’s Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering.

The grant was part of a $3 million NYSERDA funding round that made awards to 18 research institutions. The projects support the Renewable Heat NY program.