The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) constituted a group of public universities, government laboratories and private industry that worked to provide technologies, resources and analyses for stakeholders interested in using forest residuals to create bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based products such as jet fuel. The alliance was supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30416 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Led by Washington State University, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) took a comprehensive approach to building a supply chain for aviation biofuel with the goal of increasing efficiency in everything from forestry operations to conversion processes. Using forest residuals from logging operations as feedstock, the project aimed to create a sustainable industry to produce aviation biofuels and important co-products.

Many of the outcomes from the NARA's projects will be documented here, including reports, presentations, papers, fact sheets, lesson plans, newsletters, and more.

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  • Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance: Creating Lasting Impacts for Our Future 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (10/27/2017)
    This graphic summarizes NARA's commitment to education via publications, conferences, mailings, new stories, blog posts, classes, and more.
  • Wood to Wing: Environmental Effects of Using Post Harvest, Residual Biomass to Produce Wood-Based Jet Fuel 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (2017-06)
    This flier describes the environmental effects of using post h-harvest forest residuals to make biojet fuel.
  • Wood to Wing: The Economics of a Wood-Based Biorefinery in Longview, Washington 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (2017-06)
    This flier describes the economic considerations from a potential biorefinery based in Longview WA.
  • Effects of Residual Biomass Harvesting on Soil Productivity 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (2017-06)
    This flier reviews the effects that biomass harvesting has on soil productivity
  • Residual Biomass Harvesting and Carbon 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (2017-06)
    This flier describes the carbon impact from using forest residuals to make jet fuel and other coproducts
  • Informing and Engaging Stakeholders 

    Berg, Erik; Brooks, Randy; Burke, Charles; Englund, Karl; Gaffney, Michael; Hougham, Robert Justin; Kern, Michael; Kolb, Peter; Leavengood, Scott; Lowell, Eini C.; Morgan, Todd; Rawlings, Craig; Twer, Martin; Yadama, Vikram; (2017)
    This report describes Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance (NARA)’s outreach activities used to enhance bioenergy literacy and build supply chain coalitions and regional alliances.
  • NARA Education 

    Hollenhorst, Steve; Eitel, Karla Bradley; Hendrickson, Danica; Hougham, R. Justin; Laninga, Tamara; Haselbach, Liv; Schwartz, Daniel; James, Laurel; Pressley, Shelley Noelle; (2017)
    This report describes NARA's education efforts used to enhance bioenergy literacy and develop a future workforce to participate in developing bioenergy services and technology.
  • Feedstock Logistics 

    Sessions, John; Boston, Kevin; Zamora-Cristales, Rene; Belart, Francisca; Marrs, Gevan; Murphy, Glen; (2017)
    This report is a series of five reports that cover the varied challenges and opportunities related to processing and transporting forest biomass to a biorefinery. Topics covered in this collection include 1) biomass recovery ...
  • Community Economic Impact of Hypothetical NARA Woody Biomass Jet Fuel Refineries in the Pacific Northwest 

    Sasatani, Daisuke; Eastin, Ivan; (2017)
    This study used regional input-output analysis (I/O) to measure the economic impacts of the introduction of the biorefinery facilities in the Pacific Northwest that convert woody biomass into biojet fuel and co-products.
  • Developing high biofuel coastal, Douglas-fir feedstocks by genetic selection 

    Jayawickrama, Keith; Howe, Glenn; Ye, Terrance; Trappe, Matt; Kling, Jennifer; Kolpak, Scott; Zhang, Xiao; Gelyense, Scott; Guida, Stephanie; Bell, Callum; (2017)
    This report describes the development of a state-of-the-science genotyping array based on SNP technology for marker-based selection of phenotypes conducive to production of biofuels from woody residuals.
  • Environmental Impact Analysis to Support Biofuel Development in the Pacific Northwest – Water Resources Component 

    Petrie, John; Wickham, Ross; Madsen, Kaleb; Davis, Allie; Barber, Michael; Smith, C. Taylor; Hasan, Mohammad; (2017)
    This report assesses the impact of woody biomass harvesting on stream channels and soil microbial communities.
  • Micronized Wood Pretreatment for the Production of Bio-Glycols 

    Gene, Bryan; Shen, Jim; Snelling, Patrick; (2017)
    The purpose of this project was to determine whether S2G BioChemical’s (S2G) catalytic sugar-to-glycol technology was a suitable and cost-effective solution for cellulosic sugars produced using Washington State University’s ...
  • Process Engineering Analysis of Alternatives in the Gevo Ethanol to Olefin Process 

    Wooley, R. J.; (2017)
    Gevo has developed a process for the conversion of ethanol to olefins, in particular propylene and isobutylene. In May of 2015 Gevo process engineering completed a process model and cost estimate for a complete process ...
  • Phenomics Analysis 

    Kirchhoff, Helmut; Hoehner, Ricarda; Wood, Magnus; Zia, Ahmad; Lewis, Norman; Herman, Barri; (2017)
    This report describes Poplar and Douglas-fir screening for lignin content and drought stress using recently developed high-throughput optical screening based on non-invasive image technology (Phenomics).
  • Local and Regional Wildlife Impacts of Biomass Removals 

    Betts, Matthew; Rivers, Jim; Root, Heather; (2017)
    This work reviews the potential impact of silvicultural regimes, proposed to reduce fire hazard and improve forest health, on vertebrate abundance.
  • CO2 and Biofuel Transportation Adventure Race 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    In this lesson, students will be tasked with determining the best method of transporting slash from the environment to a pretreatment facility. Students will be given a choice of one of three transportation methods and ...
  • Biomass Adventure Race 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    This adventure race lesson covers the four key stages of the biomass supply chain: production, pre-­‐processing, conversion, and supplying to consumers.
  • Value of the Slash of a Tree 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    In this lesson students will look at forest ecosystems and determine the estimated slash of the tress. Other forest ecosystem discussions can be implemented as well such as fire ecology.
  • From Forest to Fuel 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    In this lesson, students will calculate and measure the amount of woody biomass in forest residual slash piles, to determine efficacy of processing and transporting methods for biomass energy production.
  • Reducing Your Carbon Foot Print, One Step At A Time 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    During this lesson, students will understand that carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the largest contributors to climate change and learn how they can reduce CO2 emissions at home and within their state. Students will also ...

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