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WSU Research Contributes to Aviation Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
Washington State University,GEVO
Date: 2019-10-07
Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF) reports it is working with Washington State University's Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a project that established the availability and sustainability of woody biomass/forest residues as a feedstock for the production of aviation biofuels using Boulder, Colorado-based GEVO technology, The planned biorefinery, which is expected to go into production in 2023, would be constructed at Aberdeen, Washington.

As previously reported, Delta Air Lines, in partnership with NWABF, is investing $2 million to assess the biofuel refinery project's feasibility. Additionally, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded NARA with $39.5 million over 5-years. (Source: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF), Washington State Univ. Evergreen, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: Washington State University, NARA, Ralph Cavalieri, (509) 335-5581, cavalieri@wsu.edu, www.nararenewables.org; Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC Chris Whitworth,Dir. Project Dev., www.facebook.com/NWABiofuels; Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


NIFA Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (Ind. Report)
USDA,NIFA,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
Date: 2018-01-08
In the nation's Capital, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) reports it has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program which is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office. The funding comes from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) which addresses challenges in food and agricultural sciences through research, extension, and education.

Through IBO, the grant will fund research totaling $2,994,429 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The project proposes to develop and commercialize solvent fractionated lignins to polymeric products for their potential market in building and construction sectors. The proposed research is intended to develop integrated pathways for the extraction of value-added polymeric products from lignin waste/under-valued stream from biorefinery.

NIFA has invested in a range of projects to expand the regional biofuel and bioproduct industries and foster the scientific corps and workforce that support the bioeconomy. One recent example is a five-year investment to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) which has advanced research into biofuels and biochemicals, fostered the Northwest regional biofuel industry and helped educate tomorrow’s workforce on renewable energy. (Source: USDA, NIFA, PR, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA, NIFA, www.nifa.usda.gov/Impacts; NARA, Washington State University, (509) 335-5581, www.nararenewables.org, www.wsu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,  USDA,  NIFA,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  


WSU, NARA Touting Woody Biomass Renewable Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
Washington State University,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,
Date: 2017-10-18
Following on our 16 Nov., 2016 coverage, a 32-member research team at Washington State University, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), are touting the production of biofuel from regionally sourced woody biomass lumber and mill wastes.

According to NARA Co-director Mike Wolcott, woody bioimass forestry and lumbering wastes can be used as feedstocks for commercial aviation biofuels. As previously reported, Alaska Airlines used the fuel on a flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C. last November. The project received approximated $40 million in funding support. (Source, Washington State University, Daily Evergreen, 16 Oct., 2017)Contact: Washington State University, Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, Ralph Cavalieri, Project Director, (509) 335-5581, cavalieri@wsu.edu, www.nararenewables.org; www.wsu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,  ,  


First Wood-to-Jet-Fuel Commercial Flight Completed (Ind. Report)
USDA,NIFA,Alaska Airlines
Date: 2016-11-16
USDA and a Washington State University-Led Alliance Support Sustainable Jobs in Pacific Northwest Alaska Airlines reports the completion of the first commercial flight from Seattle to Washington Reagan National Airport powered with a 20-pct blend of jet fuel made from cellulose derived from forestry waste salvaged from private lands in Washington, Oregon and Montana.

The flight is the culmination of a five-year, $39.6 million research and education project supported by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and led by Washington State University and the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). Launched in 2011, NARA has advanced research into biofuels and biochemicals and fostered the Northwest regional biofuel industry.

Alaska Airlines estimates that if it were able to replace 20 pct of its entire fuel supply at Sea-Tac Airport with biofuel, it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 142,000 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing approximately 30,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Since 2009, USDA has invested $19 billion in research resulting in 883 patent applications filed, 405 patents issued and 1,151 new inventions disclosures covering a wide range of topics and discoveries. (Source: USDA, NIFA, PR, 15 Nov., 2016) Contact: USDA, NIFA, Kelly Flynn, (202) 720-6133, kelly.flynn@nifa.usda.gov, www.nifa.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Alaska Airlines,  USDA NIFA,  

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