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Research Station Helps National Renewable Biofuels Project Engage Community and Industry Leaders

Photo of Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance is determining the feasibility of producing jet fuel from woody biomass in Oregon and Washington. Northwest Advanced Renewables AllianceNorthwest Advanced Renewables Alliance is determining the feasibility of producing jet fuel from woody biomass in Oregon and Washington. Northwest Advanced Renewables AllianceSnapshot : The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance is working to form regional alliances and find communities that might fit into a sustainable biofuels supply chain. Scientists are currently assessing possibilities in western Oregon and Washington.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Lowell, Eini C. 
Research Location : Oregon; Washington
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 523

Summary

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) is a five-year U.S. Department of Agriculture research and outreach project focused on developing a biofuels industry in the Northwest. The aim is to turn one of the region's most abundant resources - woody biomass - into jet fuel. NARA brings together scientists from universities, government laboratories, and private industry. The project is working to form regional alliances and find communities that might fit into a sustainable biofuels supply chain. Two potential sites were identified in the northern Rocky Mountains that could process 1 million bone dry tons of biomass annually for jet biofuel production. Scientists are currently assessing possibilities in western Oregon and Washington. The station helps NARA conduct outreach and extension activities. NARA has sponsored conferences, arranged webinars, and held client and stakeholder meetings. The outreach team works with community stakeholders to tailor business strategies to local needs.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Washington State University