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Creating Biojet Fuel

Using northwest forest residuals to power a commercial flight

Image courtesy of Alaska Airlines
Image courtesy of Alaska Airlines

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance is producing 1,000 gallons of iso-paraffinic kerosene to be bended and used in a demonstration flight anticipated in Spring 2016. This event, when completed, will represent the first commercial flight using alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals.

The development and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest …more

NARA’s Cumulative Report is available

Webpage for the NARA 2014-2015 Cumulative Report
Webpage for the NARA 2014-2015 Cumulative Report

NARA’s third Cumulative Report is now available online. The report describes research efforts and activities conducted during April 2014 to March 2015.

View the NARA Cumulative Report: April 2013-March 2014 here.

Cumulative Report content

The report is segmented into sections that relate to NARA’s five goals: Sustainable Biojet, …more

Alaska Airlines, WSU partner to advance use of aviation biofuels

 

Image courtesy of Alaska Airlines
Image courtesy of Alaska Airlines

 

SEATTLE – Washington state’s hometown airline is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest.

As the airline partner for NARA, Alaska Airlines intends …more

Wood-to-alcohol conversion technology suitable for a pulp mill retrofit

Schematic of mild bisulfite pretreatment process. Courtesy of Junyong Zhu at USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory.
Schematic of mild bisulfite pretreatment process. Courtesy of Junyong Zhu at USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory.

Building a biorefinery to convert wood residues into chemical products like biojet fuel is expensive. The projected capital investment exceeds $850 million. An alternative, and potentially less costly approach, is …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 …more

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) offer 60-day public comment on Principles & Criteria

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* Note: This notice appears on the NARA blog due to a request from RSB on 1/28/15 to disseminate this information to a wider audience. 

A 60-day public consultation period for revisions to the RSB‘s Principles & Criteria begins today. Comments, questions and suggestions are requested for the following documents:

RSB Principles & Criteria

Guidance on P&Cs

Use of Terms

…more

Biofuels Digest provides update on Gevo Inc.

gevo

Gevo Inc. is a NARA affiliate organization. With NARA, they are developing a yeast biocatalyst that makes isobutanol from simple sugars derived from wood residuals. In addition, they work with NARA’s techno-economic team to determine the costs involved with producing isobutanol and the conversion of isobutanol to biojet.

Biofuels Digest just published a brief review that describes Gevo’s technologies and their recent advances and challenges.

Read Gevo: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-minute …more

Water analysis tool for energy resources (WATER)

Slurry from pretreated wood
Slurry from pretreated wood

Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory have developed a online program (WATER) designed to provide analysis on water demand for use in developing biofuels from multiple feedstocks including forest wood biofuels.

WATER adopts a water footprint methodology and contains extensive climate, land use, water resource, and process water data.

Free access is available here.