Biomass (Grot = Slash) collection in Sweden. Photo Mats Samuelsson.
Biomass (Grot = Slash) collection in Sweden. Photo Mats Samuelsson.

Cheaper biofuels from forest
The cost of biomass from forest decline according to a survey done by the research institute Skogs Forsk (Forest research) asking Swedish top producers.

In 2012, dropped the cost of forest fuel from 185 to 176 per cubic meter, a decrease of 5 percent.

“The decrease is primarily due to a lower payment to landowners for forest residue, e.g. branches and tops,” says Torbjörn Brunberg at the Forestry Research Institute Skogforsk in a press release.

COSTS for transportation of forest fuel, however, increased in 2012.

Skogforsk is funded by the government and the forestry industry, and has the task of providing Swedish forestry skills, services and products for a profitable, sustainable use of the forest.