Home Grown Fuel
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.
Four Pacific Northwest demonstration sites were established in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California to select poplar varieties for biofuels and biochemicals. Research at the sites sought to refine growing and harvesting technologies, to quantify biomass yields, and to evaluate production costs.