Local Biomass Utilization for Heat and Electricity Production. A Case Study of Two Alpine Valleys in the North of Italy (Valcamonica and Valtellina)

D. Casarotti
The results of two years of activities focused on the study of local biomass availability and its utilization for heat and electricity generation, in two Alpine valleys in Northern Italy are presented and discussed. The project has been developed in two of the largest Italian Alpine valleys: Valcamonica and Valtellina. The investigated area (about 4500 Km2 ) mainly mountainous, is covered with mixed forests of fir and larch and broadleaf trees from lower altitudes. A...