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forest residuals

Measuring soil nutrient levels of intensively harvested forests

 

Soil monitoring equipment
Soil monitoring equipment

Those who consider the use of port-harvest forest residuals as a feedstock for biofuel or energy production are interested to know how biomass removal affects soil temperature, water retention and nutrient levels. These effects are being measured at Long-Term Soil Productivity Sites (LTSP) throughout the U.S including the NARA LTSP site in southern Oregon. As the name implies, …more

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 …more

The benefits of single vs. tandem trailers to haul post harvest forest residuals

Single trailer chip truck loading post-harvest forest residuals
Single trailer chip truck loading post-harvest forest residuals

Using post-harvest forest residuals, or slash, to make biojet fuel and co-products is an economic challenge. A significant cost in the supply chain is transportation associated with hauling the processed slash material to a conversion facility. To supply slash material to a conversion facility or processing depot, trucks need …more

Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) Wood-To-Biofuels Webinar Series

To disseminate NARA research findings,  a Wood-To-Biofuel Webinar series will be offered summarizing the research and results of converting slash to fuel and of the sustainability analyses.

The webinar series will start in October which is the month of National Bioenergy Day on October 21. Following are five webinars hosted in the month of October.

Estimating Forest Residue for Biomass Production

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1pm (PDT) & 4pm (EDT)

By Kevin Boston, Associate Professor, Oregon State University

The webinar will begin by describing …more

Dissertations and theses from NARA graduate students

Images of some graduate students working on NARA projects
Images of some graduate students working on NARA projects

Since NARA’s inception in 2011, over 100 graduate students have conducted research for NARA funded by the USDA-NIFA. Their efforts contribute substantially towards NARA goals and play an important role in preparing a trained workforce for a bioenergy-based industry.

Often a student’s dissertation or thesis is …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

Students with the NARA Tribal Partnership Program (TPP) present at the Intertribal Timber Council, National Indian Timber Symposium

Sifford, C. et al poster
Sifford, C. et al poster

The NARA TPP provided research opportunities to Native American collage students interested in wood-based renewable energy. This year, two students presented their work at the Intertribal Timber Council, National InTimber Symposium at Coos Bay Oregon.

Cody Sifford, a graduate student at the University of Washington, presented a poster describing how they will assess …more

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 …more