AHB Newsletter – Volume 3, No. 2 [Summer 2014]
Spring has been busy with production of three new AHB videos and three more Hardwood Biofuels Webinars on endophytes in poplars, modeling poplar growth, and creating a bioenergy curriculum. A new article on using poplar for bioenergy is now available through eXtension. This issue of the AHB E-Newsletter focuses on using poplars for bio-based products, breeding poplars for bioenergy, exploring the best sites for biorefineries in the Pacific Northwest, and short descriptions of the new AHB videos. The AHB Extension Team is busy planning summer field tours at each of the AHB demonstration sites and the Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group Conference in Seattle in July. Poster abstracts for the conference are still being accepted. To be more involved with the AHB project please complete our on-line stakeholder survey. We are looking forward to seeing you at the AHB field tours this summer.
Patricia Townsend, Ph.D.
Regional Extension Specialist and Educator
Washington State University
GreenWood Resources’ (GWR), which leads the AHB Feedstock team, is researching ways to improve the biomass yields of hybrid poplar for biofuels and biochemicals at their Westport, Oregon Tree Improvement Center. Poplar research developed over the last ten to fifteen years is now being further investigated for breeding and selecting the best hybrid poplars to supply biomass feedstock to Pacific Northwest (PNW) biorefineries.
Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is comprehensively evaluating poplar-based biofuel production, including economic sustainability aspects of the feedstock and biofuel supply system. Researchers at University of California at Davis are determining the most favorable locations and sizes of the biorefineries by considering all costs along the supply chain.