WOOD TO WING
NARA Works to Harness Woody Biomass for Aviation Biofuel
Featuring a broad alliance of private industry and educational institutions, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) takes a holistic approach to building a supply chain within WA, OR, ID and MT based on using forest residuals to make aviation biofuel. The alliance is tasked with increasing efficiency for each supply chain step from forestry operations to conversion processes; creating new bio-based products; providing economic, environmental and social sustainability analyses; engaging stakeholder groups; and improving bioenergy literacy for students, educators, professionals and the general public.
Education: Engage citizens, meet future workforce needs, enhance science literacy in biofuels, and help people understand how they're going to fit into the new energy economy.
Sustainability Measurement: Evaluate and assess environmental, social, and economic viability of the overall wood to biofuels supply chain, guiding the project as it goes forward.
Feedstocks: Take a multi-pronged approach for the development and sustainable production of feedstocks derived from wood materials, including forest harvest residues and municipal solid wood waste.
Conversion: Provide a biomass-derived replacement for aviation fuel and other petroleum-derived chemicals in a way that is economically and technologically feasible.
Outreach: Serve as a conduit between researchers and community stakeholders, helping to transfer the science and technology of biofuels and important co-products to communities in the Northwest.
NARA's five teams: To meet its mission's goals, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance is broken down into five main areas of focus: education, sustainability measurement, feedstocks, conversion, and outreach