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NARA soil productivity research update

Test plot at LTSP site in Springfield, OR: no residual removal
Test plot at LTSP site in Springfield, OR: no residual removal

Dr. Scott Holub from Weyerhaeuser presented an update on research at the NARA long-term soil productivity site near Springfield OR. This presentation is part of a webinar series provided by the McCall Outdoor Science School and is used to bring NARA research directly to …more

NARA researcher Xiao Zhang earns national award for biofuels research

Xiao Zhang
Xiao Zhang

NARA researcher Xiao Zhang received a $500,000 five-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award from the National Science Foundation to develop ways to convert lignin into long chained hydrocarbons that could be used for fuel. For more information, read the article posted in the WSU news.

Xiao’s team contributed greatly to NARA’s efforts to determine the variability among Douglas-fir trees …more

Producing lactic acid from cellulosic material

Multiple commercial uses for lactic acid include food preservation, cosmetics and as a precursor for biodegradable plastics.
Multiple commercial uses for lactic acid include food preservation, cosmetics and as a precursor for biodegradable plastics.

The USDA-NIFA, through NARA, funds research to help expand the array of commercial products produced using post harvest forest residues. Experiments to modify the lignin-rich component of wood residuals into activated carbon, …more

How much energy is in a slab of wood?

 

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If this question interests you, then a calculator is available to help answer the question. NARA member Martin Twer developed a calculator that translates wood weight, general moisture content and species into energy yield (either BTU, joules, calories and watt hour units). It will even tell you how much hot water you could expect for your shower.

View here to use the calculator.

 

 

 

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

Collecting, processing and transporting forest residuals at the lowest cost

Image from paper showing potential transport and processing choices.
Image from Zamora-Cristales et al. (2014) paper showing potential transport and processing choices.

One of the biggest economic challenges to using forest residuals as a feedstock for biofuel production is the cost of residue collection, processing and transport. Based on NARA’s preliminary analysis, nearly 18% of the manufacturing cost for biojet fuel is associated with getting the …more

Gov. Inslee announces grant to study producing heating oil and charcoal from forest waste

A news release issued from the Washington State Governor’s office

September 30, 2014

Media Contact:

Jaime Smith
Office of the Governor
360-902-4136

Nearly $1.4 million has been awarded this year for nine projects targeting clean energy development across the state

OLYMPIA, WA — As part of his statewide climate tour, Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia Community College today where he announced a …more

Mid-term forecast for biofuels and renewable energy released by IEA

“Many renewables no longer need high incentive levels. Rather, given their capital-intensive nature, renewables require a market context that assures a reasonable and predictable return for investors. This calls for a serious reflection on market design needed to achieve a more sustainable world energy mix.” — IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven

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