Statewide Woody Biomass Project
The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, in 2011, began an unprecedented three-phase project to analyze North Carolina’s 18 million forested acres as a foundation feedstock for large-scale biofuels production statewide. The three phases were as follows:
- Quantify the wood in all 100 counties of the state to include price points for both softwoods and hardwoods, past and future land use changes, and regional competition for the wood.
- Based on the phase I quantification, determine the best location for a biofuels industrial site, and assess the infrastructure for its appropriateness for biofuels production.
- Further refine the wood data to produce a bankable report, appropriate for project financing, that quantifies the sustainable annual feedstock available within a 75-mile radius from each industrial site for biofuels production.
The Biofuels Center, in partnership with the seven economic development regions in North Carolina, coordinated to have the wood assessed by Raleigh-based Gelbert, Fullbright and Randolph (GFR) Forestry Consultants, and the site infrastructure assessed by qualified engineering consultants. The project was recently completed and the results are highlighted here.
Gaining multiple sites across the state, close to the feedstock, with infrastructure supported by local economic development officials, gives North Carolina a strong competitive advantage and credibility with companies seeking locations to build cellulosic biofuels production facilities.
The map below shows the assessed industrial sites in each of the economic development partnerships. Regional wood information and detailed site information is accessible through the partnership links below the map.
View the woody biomass summaries by region:
- AdvantageWest Economic Development Group Regional Analysis of Woody Biomass Resources
- Charlotte Regional Partnership Analysis of Woody Biomass Resources
- Piedmont Triad Partnership Regional Analysis of Woody Biomass Resources
- Research Triangle Regional Analysis of Woody Biomass Resources
- Eastern Regional Analysis of Woody Biomass Resources
- Southeast Commission Regional Analysis of Woody Biomass Resources
- Northeast Commission Regional Analysis of Woody Biomass Resources
Note - For the purposes of this project:
- "Pulpwood" refers to low value trees with a 5-inch diameter or larger, not suitable for lumber.
- "Biomass" refers to low value trees with less than a 5-inch diameter, and waste from mills and lumber operations that is often left in the forest (tops and limbs).
- "Delivered" prices include freight.
- "Green tons" refers to undried material.
For more information about how your company can benefit from the statewide woody biomass project and other resources, please contact:
Phil Sheridan, Director, Industry Development
901 Hillsboro Street
Oxford, NC 27565
919-693-3000, X 264