The eucalypt plantations and the carbonization process are examples of this. Each stage is planned through intense researches and integrated operation management.
The forests’ productivity currently exceeds the 40 cubic meters of wood per hectare mark. The harvest, the furnace loading and unloading, the transportation, among other carbonization stages are completely mechanized and use the most advanced equipment in the forestry industry. Using fume burners and gas recirculation (wood drying and coal cooling) in the coal production furnaces also helps improving the environment and the wood transformation yield.
Results such as these are great achievements and part of the Aperam BioEnergia history. The company pioneers in a few forest research centers and institutes in Brazil, such as the Sociedade de Investigações Florestais (SIF, Forest Investigation Society), headquartered in Viçosa (MG); the Instituto de Pesquisas e Estudos Florestais (IPEF, Forest Studies and Research Institute), headquartered in Piracicaba (SP) and the Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz” (ESAL/USP, Luiz de Queiroz School of Higher Education in Agriculture), headquartered in Piracicaba (SP).