Webinars for Extension Professionals
AHB’s Wednesday Webinar series has given researchers from all the teams the opportunity to present their research on everything from water and soil quality on the poplar farms to bioenergy education to communicating with policy makers.
In this webinar, Jason Selwitz (ACE Project Manager, Plant Ops Instructor/Advisor) shared stories and statistics about the Plant Operations program. In addition, hear from the students themselves in a brand-new video premiering as part of the webinar!
This webinar presented data on the first-coppice growth and yield from the AHB demonstration sites. Learn about the differences GreenWood Resources has seen in the poplar varieties, the demonstration sites, and the establishment and re-growth periods since the first harvest.
The webinar is divided into a series of short presentations that are tailored for a general audience. Topics include the concept of “poplar to biofuels,” biomass processing, and taking ethanol to jet fuel.
This talk presents information about progress in the field of genetic engineering of trees, including their own work on means for biocontainment of GE and exotic trees to facilitate public and regulatory acceptance.
Unlike traditional agriculture crops, many emerging bioenergy crops emit significant quantities of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs, including isoprene, can react with compounds in the atmosphere and lead to the production of ozone in the troposphere.
Effectiveness of a Pacific Northwest Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax in the Context of the Federal Biofuel PolicyPresenter: Dr. Gregmar Galinato
This webinar explores how the federal biofuel policy on cellulosic feedstock along with a tax structure that seeks to control carbon dioxide emissions will help achieve sustainable biofuel production in the Pacific Northwest.
The poplar veneer industry is making good strides in the Pacific Northwest and will help prepare for the eventual emergence of a renewable fuels market. This webinar covers poplar veneer manufacturing, poplar siliviculture, and poplar selection to optimize good veneer recovery.
This study estimates the net economic impacts of short-rotation poplar for bio-jet fuel production in California, Washington, and Oregon. Regional impacts such as potential biofuel output and employment opportunities are explored as well as poplar production, displacement of existing crops, handling and transportation of poplar, biorefinery construction and operation.
Converting hybrid poplar to biofuels and biochemicals: feedstock properties and conversion techniquesPresenters: Renata Bura and Fernando Resende
Woody biomass can be converted into a variety of biofuels and biochemical. Researchers at the University of Washington are fine-tuning the process to convert hybrid poplars into acetic acid, ethanol, jet fuel, and other products. This webinar takes a step-by-step look at how lignocellulosic biomass is converted to chemicals then biofuels.
Understanding stakeholder perceptions of bioenergy is an important factor in the development of bioenergy industries in the Pacific Northwest. The Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest extension team surveyed three groups – landowners, environmental professionals, and extension professionals – to identify their interests and concerns surrounding bioenergy. This webinar covers the results of these studies and examines how this information can be used moving forward.
This webinar features information about the different environmental risk mitigation strategies employed by GreenWood Resources and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials certification program is discussed.
Using inter-specific hybridization and selection techniques, researchers are developing a new class of poplar energy varieties. Integrating molecular breeding tools for poplar trees with conventional approaches can expedite the development of bioenergy feedstocks. Inter-specific hybridization involves crossing two species of the same genus to create a hybrid that can outgrow and outperform the parent species. Presented by David Neale of the University of California, Davis and Brain Stanton of GreenWood Resources, Inc.
Biofuels Policies: Why a Clean Fuels Standard and Other Government Policies Are Important to Bringing the Advanced Biofuels Industry to Scale in the NorthwestPresenter: Ross Macfarlane of Climate Solutions
Ross Macfarlane of Climate Solutions, addresses key policies affecting biofuels in the Northwest with a focus the debate surrounding a Clean Fuels Standard in Washington and Oregon.
Poplars are the fastest growing trees in the temperate zone. It is not surprising then that hybrid poplar is identified as one of the country’s most important feedstocks for the emerging renewable transportation fuels industry. In this webinar, researchers from GreenWood Resources, Inc. discuss the production of hybrid poplar as a feedstock for renewable transportation fuels.
Producing fuels from poplar wood grown on bioenergy farms must be economically viable and environmentally sound to be sustainable. This webinar presents two research programs designed to assess the economic and environmental sustainability of poplar-based biofuel production.
Researchers from AHB are monitoring a number of soil quality parameters to identify potential environmental impacts of poplar biofuel feedstock cropping systems. In this webinar, approaches and initial findings are presented from three sets of environmental impact measurements: nutrient leaching, greenhouse gas fluxes, and soil biology.
To develop a sustainable hybrid poplar biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest, hundreds of thousands of acres of land will be needed to grow poplar as a short-rotation woody crop. In this webinar, researchers from the University of Washington present the methodology and results of a poplar growing suitability study conducted using GIS analysis.
Endophytes are beneficial microorganisms that live fully within plants without causing disease. Although endophytes are present in most poplar trees, addition of specific endophytes from native poplar can have impacts on the growth and health of poplar varieties.
Finding the right locations for polar biorefineries is essential for making profitable biofuels. The choice of location depends on where poplars grow best, the competition for the land, biorefinery size, and transportation costs. In this webinar, Nathan Parker from the University of California, Davis will explain how a model can be used to site biorefineries that utilize poplar trees as the primary feedstock.