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Hardwood Biofuels Webinars
Converting hybrid poplar to biofuels and biochemicals: feedstock properties and conversion techniquesWoody 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 presents the information on how to harvest poplar every 2 to 3 years for bioenergy and harvesting data from field trials. Hybrid poplar is one of the potential sustainable sources of bioenergy that could play a key role in meeting long-term energy needs in the Pacific Northwest. A viable poplar-based bioenergy industry will require an effective way to harvest the poplar on short rotations and deliver biomass to the biorefinery on a regular basis.
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 NorthwestRoss 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.