AHB was divided into five project topics to focus on all aspects of successfully producing advanced biofuels and bioproducts from hardwoods in the Pacific Northwest.
The AHB Feedstock team investigated how to produce renewable and readily available hardwood feedstocks for biofuel and biochemical industries in the Pacific Northwest. The Feedstock team researched hybrid poplars as the primary feedstock grown as short-rotation perennial woody crops, which will be harvested on two to three year rotations.
The AHB Conversion team developed a biological and chemical process to convert hardwood feedstock into sustainable transportation fuels, such as diesel, jet fuels, and gasoline, and bio-based chemicals, like acetic acid.
The AHB Sustainability team assessed impacts on the carbon cycle, wildlife, soil, water, and people.
Throughout the Pacific Northwest, emerging bioenergy businesses and industries are creating exciting employment possibilities. To prepare the workforce for these jobs, AHB developed educational programs at the K-12, community college, four-year college, and professional master’s levels.
The Extension Team ensured that bioenergy stakeholders have the information they need to make informed decisions and recommendations. The team produced objective, research-based information resources to increase bioenergy literacy among citizens interested in bioenergy developments including: policy makers, landowners, environmental professionals, extension personnel, and other community members.