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A critical review of the U.S. biofuels industry

U.S. ethanol biorefineries by location in 2016. Adapted from Renewable Fuels Association at http://www.ethanolrfa.org/resources/biorefinery-locations/
U.S. ethanol biorefineries by location in 2016. Adapted from Renewable Fuels Association at http://www.ethanolrfa.org/resources/biorefinery-locations/

NARA researchers have just published a critical review of the U.S Biofuels Industry. Their work appears in the BioProducts Business journal and can be viewed at http://biobus.swst.org/index.php/bpbj/article/view/18

The review provides a historical account of the U.S. biofuels, and …more

Wood to biofuel conference targets commercialization and education

Dr Bill Goldner (USDA-NIFA) addresses the 2016 NWBBCP conference in Seattle, WA
Dr Bill Goldner (USDA-NIFA) addresses the 2016 NWBBCP conference in Seattle, WA

The 2nd Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels + Co-Products Conference was held May 4-5, 2016 in Seattle WA. The USDA-NIFA and WSU extension were the conference sponsors. NARA played a lead role in developing this conference, which drew 170 participants.

Representatives from CAAFI, Boeing …more

NARA introduces webinar series

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The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) is concluding its final year under the contractual terms with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Many of the outputs generated from this project are recorded in peer-reviewed journals or documents in various NARA reports.

Another format used to rapidly introduce NARA outputs to a wide audience is through webinars. In October 2015, NARA launched a …more

New Sponsor and Categories for Imagine Tomorrow

 

Students from Skyview High School look through their algae growing apparatus during the 2015 Imagine Tomorrow competition. Credit WSU communications.
Students from Skyview High School look through their algae growing apparatus during the 2015 Imagine Tomorrow competition. Credit WSU communications.

In 2012, NARA’s sponsorship of the Imagine Tomorrow competition allowed the event to accept high school students throughout the Pacific Northwest and introduced a new “biofuels” …more

Bioenergy lessons for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades

 

Front cover of Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use; grades 3-5
Front cover of Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use; grades 3-5

Facing the Future (FTF) recently published a lesson plans that introduce energy concepts to elementary students in grades 3-5. These lesson plans were vertically aligned to the middle and high school curricula previously published by FTF. The lesson plans and assessments …more

Graduate student poster wins 3rd place at international convention

NARA graduate student Jinxue Jiang
NARA graduate student Jinxue Jiang

Jinxue Jiang won 3rd place recognition for his poster at the Society of Wood Science and Technology 2015 International Conference held June 7-12.

Jinxue is a graduate student working towards his doctoral degree in material science and engineering at Washington State University’s Material Science and Engineering Program. His poster titled Multi-Technique Characterization of Douglas-fir Cell …more

NARA researcher is recognized for excellence in graduate education

Daniel Schwartz
Daniel Schwartz

Daniel SchwartzBoeing-Sutter Professor and chairman of chemical engineering at the University of Washington, was awarded the 2015 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Mentor AwardThe award recognizes a University of Washington faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education and guidance of graduate students.

Dr. Schwartz leads the NARA Tribal Partnerships Program (TPP). This program provides undergraduate and graduate students …more

Educator conference scheduled on teaching bioenergy literacy: July 29th, Seattle WA.

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NARA member Facing the Future will host an educator conference on July 29th in Seattle WA.

Over the course of the day, participants will define energy literacy, consider the social, economic, and environmental impacts of different energy sources, learn about the development of aviation biofuels in the Pacific Northwest, and hear from experts in this field.

Participants will gain hands-on experience with several lessons from …more

NARA offers searchable repository for bioenergy information

Front webpage athttp://woodtobiofuel.org/
Front webpage athttp://woodtobiofuel.org/

Quality, un-biased information that addresses the use of forest residuals to produce chemical products like biofuels is abundant, the challenge is finding it. To make this information readily available to individuals and communities, NARA has produced a knowledge base repository that links to hundreds of reports, peer reviewed articles and websites.

View the NARA Knowledge Base here.

One of the …more