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NARA students present findings for Olympic Peninsula biomass users

IDX student Destry Seiler describes liquids depot siting strategy during the IDX webinar November 16th, 2015.
IDX student Destry Seiler describes liquids depot siting strategy during the IDX webinar November 16th, 2015.

Students enrolled in the Integrated Design Experience (IDX) course at Washington State University are working with NARA to explore potential solid and liquid depot sites in the Olympic Peninsula region. These potential depots would fit …more

NARA 2015 Annual Meeting

Participants at the 2015 NARA annual meeting held in Spokane , WA
Participants at the 2015 NARA annual meeting held in Spokane , WA

In mid September, NARA conducted its 2015 Annual Meeting in Spokane, WA. This meeting marked the conclusion of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance Project’s fourth year, and the launch of its last year under the contractual terms with the United States Department of …more

NARA students provide supply chain data for the Olympic Peninsula

IDX students observe collection and processing equipment for post-harvest forest residual in the Olympic Peninsula.
IDX students observe collection and processing equipment for post-harvest forest residual in the Olympic Peninsula.

Students enrolled in the Integrated Design Experience (IDX) course at Washington State University are showing people what a wood-to-bio-jet fuel supply chain might look like.

The IDX students are working on behalf of NARA and multiple …more

Students offer sugar depot designs for an existing pulp mill

Kate Shrosbree, a landscape architecture student at the University of Idaho, describes wastewater treatment designs.
Kate Shrosbree, a landscape architecture student at the University of Idaho, describes wastewater treatment designs.

Turning slash piles into valuable commercial products is an economic challenge; two significant economic hurdles are the cost to process and transport forest residuals and the capital costs needed to build new facilities or retrofit existing ones.

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Forest residual-to-biofuel facility site analysis available for Washington and Oregon

IDX students and mentors touring Weyerhaeuser’s Longview facility
IDX students and mentors touring Weyerhaeuser’s Longview facility

NARA is tasked with helping U.S. Northwest stakeholders identify depot and biorefinery site locations suitable for a developing industry that uses forest residuals to produce bio-jet fuel and valued co-products. To do this, undergraduate/graduate students in the Integrated Design Experience (IDX) course at Washington State University rank prospective sites …more

New report traces 2011 wood products trends in Idaho

Front cover of the report
Front cover of the report

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research team at the University of Montana, a NARA affiliate member, just published a report titled Idaho’s Forest Products Industry and Timber Harvest 2011 with Trends Through 2013According to the report’s abstract,

“This report traces the flow of Idaho’s 2011 timber harvest through the primary industries; provides a description of …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

IDX Webinar: Site Selection for Infrastructure in NARA’s ForestResidual to Biofuel Supply Chain

The IDX team at Washington State University has been tasked with evaluating the NARA 4-state region (Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho) to determine optimal locations for infrastructure to support the NARA biofuel supply chain (conversion of forest residuals to bio-jet fuel and co-products). The IDX team will present optimal locations for depot (for collection and processing of feedstock and/or production of sugars) and conversion sites (pretreatment of feedstock and conversion to bio-jet fuel) in each market region.

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NARA’s 2014 Cumulative Report is available online

Webpage for NARA's 2nd Cumulative report
Webpage for NARA’s 2nd Cumulative report

NARA’s second Cumulative Report is now available online. This report describes research efforts and activities conducted between April 2013 through March 2014.

You can view the NARA Cumulative Report: April 2013-March 2014 here.

Progress reports are sectioned within the Project’s five goals: Sustainable Biojet, Value Lignin Co-Products, Rural Economic Development, …more

Western Montana Corridor work available online

Front page of the NARA WMC website
Front page of the NARA WMC website

NARA is tasked to provide a supply chain analysis for converting forest residuals to biojet fuel and lignin-based co-products within the northwestern United States defined within the Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana state borders. University students and their mentors, through the Integrated Design Experience (IDX) course, provide much of the work used to …more