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A new lignin source for high-value products

Lignin structure
Lignin structure

NARA is optimizing a conversion process that converts the carbohydrates in woody biomass into bio-jet fuel and other chemical products. Depending on the tree species, up to 60% of the dry weight of wood is carbohydrates. That leaves the remaining 40% of the woody biomass as a byproduct. In order to maximize the economic sustainability of a wood-to-biofuel industry, converting the byproduct into …more

A critical review of the U.S. biofuels industry

U.S. ethanol biorefineries by location in 2016. Adapted from Renewable Fuels Association at http://www.ethanolrfa.org/resources/biorefinery-locations/
U.S. ethanol biorefineries by location in 2016. Adapted from Renewable Fuels Association at http://www.ethanolrfa.org/resources/biorefinery-locations/

NARA researchers have just published a critical review of the U.S Biofuels Industry. Their work appears in the BioProducts Business journal and can be viewed at http://biobus.swst.org/index.php/bpbj/article/view/18

The review provides a historical account of the U.S. biofuels, and …more