What is NARA?
Led by Washington State University and funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) is helping to develop a sustainable industry in the Pacific Northwest that uses forest residuals to make biojet fuel and valuable co-products. The alliance includes public universities, government agencies, private industry and interested stakeholders and is tasked with delivering the following:
- Sustainable aviation biofuel from woody biomass
- Value-added polymer and carbon products from lignin
- Regional supply chain coalitions
- Rural economic development
- Bioenergy literacy
This exciting project impacts many of the top news stories today covering rural economics, natural resource management, biofuel technology, energy security and global warming.
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NARA Communications and Publicity Director
NARA is primarily supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30416 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
- Duration: 5-year contingency grant. Review after two years (July 2013)
- 5-year funding amount: $40 million
- Start date: August 2011
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NARA Final Reports
“These reports provide a final assessment of the work related to individual tasks assigned to NARA”. Reports are being finalized, and all reports should be presented by early 2017.
Agriculture and Aviation: Partners in Prosperity/January 2012
Published by USDA, Airlines for America and the Boeing Company, this report provides rationale for biofuel support and highlights 5 USDA-NIFA-AFRI coordinated agricultural projects.
USDA News Release O425.11
News release for five U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grants in the renewable energy program. NARA is one of the five grantees.
USDA News Release 0423.11
News release provides quotes from notable stakeholders and policy makers regarding USDA’s support for NARA and other AFRI programs.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest: Powering the Next Generation of Flight
This report is the nations first regional stakeholder effort to explore the opportunities and challenges surrounding the production of sustainable aviation fuels.
Biomass as feedstock for a bioenergy and bioproducts Industry: The technical feasibility of a billion-ton annual supply
A collaborative study by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine whether the land resources of the United States are capable of producing a sustainable supply of biomass sufficient to displace 30 percent or more of the country’s present petroleum consumption.
NARA Cumulative Reports
These reports provide a compellation of progress reports covering all aspects of the NARA project.
NARA YouTube channel
Contains recorded presentations covering all aspects of the NARA project.
NARA Knowledge Base
A searchable unbiased repository for information on the conversion of woody biomass into bo-jet fuel and co-products.