Firewood drying facility in Chile – phase I

This report is a techno-economic analysis of a range of wood-drying technologies in Chile. We conclude that, for the regions under investigation, the optimal size for a wood-drying facility is between 1 and 2 MWth and that natural drying and solar black roof technologies are the most cost-effective technologies. We identify several important environmental and socio-economic advantages associated with drying wood before it is burned in homes, including a reduction in PM10 pollution, a reduction in the total wood extracted, and improved public health.

As a result of this work, a pilot project was implemented in Chile employing solar black roof technology – view phase II report for more details.

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