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 …more
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.
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 …more
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.
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 …more
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have synthesized a series of tertiary amine-based ionic liquids from aromatic aldehydes in lignin and hemicellulose as pretreatment for biomass deconstruction for biofuels production. Continue reading…
“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