Overview of Short Rotation Coppice Harvesters in Italy

R. Spinelli, G. Picchi, N. Magagnotti & C. Nati
Short rotation coppice (SRC) is one of the most promising sources of woody biomass for energy in the frame of the European renewable energy strategy. While the study of improved clones and growing techniques is extremely important for future developments, the availability of reliable and cost effective harvesting systems is crucial for the very existence and sustainability of any SRC program. In fact, harvest and logistics of biomass can constitute up to 70% of the...