Web app visualizes forest biomass and flows of mass and energy

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has developed a web-application that visualizes the flows of mass and energy between different industrial processes that rely on forest biomass.

The application can be used to analyze the possibilities and potential of a future bio-based economy that makes greater use of forest biomass for both energy and products.

In a report entitled “Råvaruströmmar från skogen - tillgång och samband”, researchers from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute have mapped the forest-based feedstock currently available on the market. The report explains and visualizes the way in which feedstock flows from the forest are related, and how future changes in forestry practices and the forestry industry may affect these. In addition, the driving forces behind today's forestry industry are described and the way in which these affect the energy and bio-based flows that are available on the market are clarified.

The researchers have also developed a semi dynamic application to visualize the flows of mass and energy between different industrial processes that use forest biomass. The application is based on today’s situation but the user can easily see the impact of various deviations such as changing harvesting volumes and fluctuating feedstock supplies for the pulp and sawmill industries.

The application is briefly described in the report below, and is available from IVL.

Project facts

Biomass flows from the forest – availability and linkages