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RMRS Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) Final Project Meeting

Members of the RMRS-BRDI research team in front of the Tucker RNG System.
Members of the RMRS-BRDI research team in front of the Tucker RNG System.

 

This is the final project meeting of a five-year, $5.3 million Biomass Research and Development Project (BRDI) funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and led by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. The event includes over 30 participants from RMRS, partner universities, and private businesses.

The project is focused on three broad technical areas of biomass research and development: feedstock development, biofuels and biobased products development, and biofuels development analysis. Specific research topics range from biomass harvesting operations and logistics to thermochemical conversion technology to bioproducts development. There are also strong components of the project focused on the social, environmental and economic impacts of both biomass harvesting and the production of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts.

At the meeting, individual researchers will present their findings, accomplishments and outcomes in the following technical areas, which are summarized in Part 1 and Part 2 of an RMRS Science You Can Use Bulletin:

 Feedstock used in the Tucker Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) system.
Feedstock used in the Tucker Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) system.

  • Systems for biomass harvest
  • Equipment for biomass harvest
  • Analysis of biomass supply chains
  • Research & Development of the Tucker RNG system
  • Biochar pelletization
  • Biochar activation
  • Liquid fuel production
  • Equipment for biochar application
  • Financial and economic models
  • Erosion prediction software
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Ecological and soil impacts

Principal Investigators and Meeting Participants Include:

Participating Organizations:

 

Dates: 
April 20, 2016 to April 22, 2016
Location: 
Doubletree Hotel
Missoula, MT