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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

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

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

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NARA’s 2014 peer-reviewed publications

Journals with 2014 NARA publications
Journals with 2014 NARA publications

In 2014, NARA researchers published 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals. These publications help transfer NARA research to a wide audience. Here is a brief narrative to how these peer-reviewed papers complement NARA’s goals and contribute towards evaluating the use of forest residuals as a feedstock to produce chemical products.

NARA goal 1: Sustainable …more

Harvesting forest residuals: environmental impacts and sustainability

Processing forest residuas
Processing forest residuas

Typically when trees are harvested for lumber and pulp, the limbs and branches (commonly termed “forest residuals”) are left on the forest floor or collected in slash piles and burned. If these forest residuals were used instead to produce products such as biojet fuel, what effect would that have on our environment and how can we manage the resource …more