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Ranking potential Northwest biorefinery and depot sites for a wood to biofuel supply chain

Sydnee Dieckman, a graduate student studying civil engineering at Washington State University, was one of nine student presenters in the IDX webinar.
Sydnee Dieckman, a graduate student studying civil engineering at Washington State University, was one of nine student presenters in the IDX webinar.

Here is a challenging class room assignment: map out where you would process slash piles from forest harvest into valuable chemical products and …more

Harvesting valuable chemicals from fermented sugars

Volatile fatty acids identified in this article.
Volatile fatty acids identified in this article.

Fermentation is a biological process that can convert the simple sugars from wood and other cellulosic-based feedstocks into chemical products and represents a key step in the conversion processes evaluated by NARA to convert wood residuals into biojet fuel. Gevo Inc, a NARA member, relies on specialized yeast to ferment simple sugars …more

Students rank Northwest biorefinery and depot sites, present findings Nov. 19

17 November, 2014

Contacts:
Karl Olsen, WSU IDX, kolsen@wsu.edu, 509-335-0373
Tammi Laninga, UI IDX, Laninga@uidaho.edu, 208-885-7117
Charles Burke, WSU NARA, ccburke@nararenewables.org, 509-335-3018

PULLMAN, Wash. – Students at Washington State University have assessed possible sites for biorefineries and other facilities in the Pacific Northwest for processing wood from slash piles into jet fuel and other products. The group will present its findings in a webinar at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Participants may register at http://goo.gl/po9ymD and sign …more

NARA webinar: facility site selection for the Pacific Northwest

Gloves on machine

The IDX team at Washington State University has been tasked with evaluating the NARA 4-state region (ID, MT, WA, OR) to determine optimal locations for infrastructure to support a wood residual to biojet fuel and co-product supply chain. In the previous webinar, the region was evaluated based on regional assets leading to 35 potentially viable sites. This webinar will continue the previous work by providing site …more

Bioenergy lessons for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders

Image from Facing the Future website:https://www.facebook.com/FacingtheFuture/photos/a.10151030527497891.426153.39816417890/10152620941602891/?type=1&theater
Image from the Facing the Future website:https://www.facebook.com/FacingtheFuture/photos/a.10151030527497891.426153.39816417890/10152620941602891/?type=1&theater

Facing the Future has developed lessons for elementary school students that explore concepts on energy. These lessons are currently being offered to elementary teachers for testing and feedback. The pilot period is until December 24th. A final draft should be available in early 2015.

To participate in the pilot opportunity, visit the Facing the …more