FLAME - Forestry Lands Allocated for Managing Energy. Feasibility Study.
Final rept. Jun-Aug 78,
CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE TYNDALL AFB FL DETACHMENT 1 (ADTC)
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This study evaluated the feasibility of using wood grown on USAF installations as fuel to supply the heating energy requirements of the installations, replacing conventional fossil fuels currently being used. Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tennessee Barksdale AFB, Louisiana Eglin AFB, Florida and Tyndall AFB, Florida have the potential for supplying significant portions of their heating energy requirements with non-merchantable timber grown on the installations. Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida has the potential to supply its own small heating energy requirements plus those of MacDill AFB, which is 75 miles away. Arnold Engineering Development Center presently has a central plant heating system. The system can be converted to a wood-burning system by altering existing boilers or replacing them with boilers having wood-firing capability. The remaining installations do not have central plant heating systems, but use small natural gas and oil-fired heating units in individual buildings. Conversion of these installations to burn wood would require construction of a wood-fired central system or systems. An alternate method of converting these installations is through the use of a pyrolysis unit to convert wood to fuel gas and fuel oil which can be burned in existing heating units. The latter alternative cannot be implemented until a large scale, continuously operated pyrolysis unit is developed. Author
- Wood, Paper and Related Forestry Products