Institute of

Wood Research

Reducing primary energy demand in production processes and improving product quality through process control

Wood products are perceived environment-friendly. Its production consumes considerable amounts of energy, which – to a large extend – is generated from production residues. Proper control of production processes leads not only to energy savings but also to improvement of product quality.

Transformation of round wood into semi-finished and finished wood products requires input of energy. Many wood industries produce the major part of their energy demand by converting residues into energy. For minimizing cost and environmental impact, e.g. in form of CO2 emissions, the use of primary energy has to be reduced.

Using bio-based residues for process heat and electricity reduces the consumption of fossil fuels and contributes to meet climate targets. High own contributions for covering energy demand enable wood industries to be unsusceptible against fluctuations of oil and gas prizes. Thuenen-Institute of Wood Research supports woodworking industries by providing information about energy saving options. On process level, the process optimization or the development of novel processes leads to tap the energy saving potential and to improve of product quality.