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Willow Biofuel Field Trial by Chris Fastie

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Chris Fastie Chris Fastie
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$6.00 to $871.00
0.06 Gigapixels
Date added
May 01, 2013
Date taken
Apr 30, 2013

Canon Powershot A495


Middlebury College installed a $12 million biomass gasification plant in 2008 as part of a goal to be carbon neutral by 2016. When it appeared that everybody else was trying to generate power by cutting down Vermont's forests, the college started a trial to determine whether willow could be grown for biofuel. A nine acre field trial includes the variety and treatment experiment in these aerial images. Early results suggests that 1200 acres of willow would be required for the gasification plant to supply all of the campuses energy needs from home grown willow.

Images were captured by a dual camera infrared device which can be built for about $100. It was lofted on a Fled kite in a 9 mph south wind. Each spectral version is stitched from 7 to 10 images. The false-color infrared (NRG) and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) are derived from channels from both cameras, one of which is modified by replacing the IR block filter with a piece of Wratten 87 polyester filter.

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