Equipment Changes Make Harvesting More Efficient, Less Stressful
In May, modifications to the New Holland FB130 coppice header debuted for the second harvest at the Pilchuck poplar demonstration farm. The header is now framed by revolving augers that help guide the poplar stems and branches into the rotating drums drums of the machinery.
The Devil is in the Details: Understanding Poplar’s True Potential as an Energy Feedstock through Biomass Studies
Although sunny field tours through towering, leafy poplars are lovely, it’s really after the harvest that AHB poplars earn their keep. Following the harvest of the hybrid poplar demonstration farms at Jefferson, OR and Hayden, ID, GreenWood Resources sent sizable biomass samples to several laboratories for analysis and chemical characterization.
Field and genetic research investigates poplar bioenergy farm sustainability
By Cat Gowan, WSU Extension, and Amy Klocko, OSU | January 2017 email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Determining the environmental sustainability of growing poplar for biofuels and bio-based chemicals has been an important part of the AHB project.…
Poplar and Willow Take Center Stage at National Working Forum
Discussions on utilizing poplar and willow for phytoremediation, wastewater treatment, and nutrient contaminant buffers outlined how multiple environmental uses are currently applied in municipalities and businesses.
Inspired Young Students Research Poplar Phenotypes
Nearly 100 third grade scientists gathered to present their findings to researchers at GreenWood Resources in Westport, Oregon after studying hybrid poplar phenotypes. The field trip was the finale of a genetics unit that began nine weeks earlier at Jackson Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon.
A growing number of students recognize the value of instruction and hands-on experience to meet the needs of a growing bioproducts workforce. In the Plant Operations program at Walla Walla Community College students can earn certificates in Bioproducts, Biomass Feedstock Management, Plant Operations, and a transfer degree in Plant Operations.
Breakthrough on Catalysts for Poplar-based Jet Fuel
New research is identifying catalysts to produce bio-jet fuel from simple organic molecules such as ethanol. The research is being conducted by the AHB conversion team working in the University of Washington (UW) Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory in collaboration with ZeaChem.
Measurements are critical to predicting the yield and market potential of a poplar bioenergy farm. The AHB feedstock team measures poplars annually at the demonstration sites to track intermediate growth. This data will be used to help future growers estimate their biomass yields in order to make contracts with buyers.