Peter Hall



Peter brings practical experience to his research as he comes from a forest management background, with skills in forest establishment, silviculture and harvesting. He now specialises in resource assessment and use of forest residues for energy production, with a focus on solid biofuels. In recent years, he has succeeded in demonstrating the significant potential of forestry as a source of renewable energy for New Zealand.


  • NZ Cert  (Forestry), Rotorua, New Zealand -1982
  • Award (Management Science) Stages I & II, Central Institute of Technology, Trentham, New Zealand -1987

Research capabilities

  • Bio-energy resource assessment
  • Forest residue harvesting systems
  • Biomass to consumer energy conversion systems
  • Biomass supply chain efficiency and logistics

Career highlights

  • John Balneaves Travel Award (Inaugural), Study tour to U. K., Sweden, U.S.A - harvesting and utilisation of logging residue, 1995
  • Invited Speaker - Bioenergy Conference, University of Chile, Santiago, 2009
  • Bioenergy Options for New Zealand project 2007 to 2009 (Project leader and senior author)
  • WoodScape Project, 2011 to 2013 (technical lead and senior author)
  • Industrial Symbiosis Project
  • Biofuels RoadMap for New Zealand

Selected papers

Bioenergy Options for New Zealand – Situation analysis; Biomass resources and conversion technologies  - Various Authors, Scion, 2008

Bioenergy Options for New Zealand - Pathways analysis; Energy demand, Pathways evaluation, Economics of purpose grown energy forests, Life cycle analysis of biomass resource to consumer energy. Various Authors, Scion, 2008

Bioenergy Options for New Zealand – Research and Development Strategy, Jack M and Hall P, Scion, 2009

Bioenergy Options for New Zealand – Analysis of Large-scale Forestry for Bioenergy. Various authors, Scion, 2009
Landing Residue Recovery Guidelines. Peter Hall, 2009. Report for EECA

Bioenergy Options For New Zealand – Transition analysis – the role of woody biomass from existing forests and drivers for change in energy supply in New Zealand. Various Authors, Scion, 2009

WoodScape Study - Summary report

WoodScape study - Regional wood processing options

WoodScape study - Technologies and markets

Industrial Symbiosis Project:
-    Regional studies on Northland, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Southland
-    Mapping of energy supply and demand in New Zealand
-    Mapping of regional industrial heat demand and allied wood resources