biofuels http://kplu.org en Progress In Turning Woody Debris From Northwest Forests Into Biofuels http://kplu.org/post/progress-turning-woody-debris-northwest-forests-biofuels <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147121391&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In 2011, biofuels in the Northwest got a huge boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/update-biofuel-demand-high-80-million-uw-wsu-research">$80 million in grants</a> to researchers at the University of Washington and Washington State University. It’s meant to help turn woody biomass into environmentally-friendly fuels for cars and jets.</p><p>Now they’re at about the half-way point in their research, and several hundred are attending <a href="http://www.nararenewables.org/2014conference/" target="_blank">a conference on wood-based biofuels </a>in Seattle. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:11:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16321 at http://kplu.org Progress In Turning Woody Debris From Northwest Forests Into Biofuels Biodiesel Industry Puzzled By Loosening Of Alternative Fuel Standard http://kplu.org/post/biodiesel-industry-puzzled-loosening-alternative-fuel-standard <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the biodiesel industry convenes for a national conference in San Diego today, one of the topics of discussions will be the loosening of the renewable fuel standard.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:59:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12676 at http://kplu.org Biodiesel Industry Puzzled By Loosening Of Alternative Fuel Standard Funding for an untapped renewable resource: woody biomass on public lands http://kplu.org/post/funding-untapped-renewable-resource-woody-biomass-public-lands <p>You could call it power that&rsquo;s growing on trees, but doesn&rsquo;t get put to good use.</p><p>The US Forest service recently announced <a href="http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/07/26/forest-service-announces-4-million-for-alternative-energy-projects/#more-41371">$4-million in grants</a> to support projects that convert wood to energy. It&#39;s part of a <a href="http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/research/units/tmu/tmugrants.shtml">program</a> that&#39;s meant to support small businesses that create jobs while encouraging alternatives to fossil fuels.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:06:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5905 at http://kplu.org An under-used resource in Washington: forest biomass http://kplu.org/post/under-used-resource-washington-forest-biomass <p>Renewable energy is growing on trees in Washington &ndash; and right now, much of it is going up in smoke.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the word from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who has just released the results of <a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/Topics/OtherConservationInformation/Pages/cc_forest_biomass_assessment.aspx">a study on forest biomass.</a></p><p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:48:29 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4427 at http://kplu.org An under-used resource in Washington: forest biomass Proposed Eastern Washington biomass facility debated http://kplu.org/post/proposed-eastern-washington-biomass-facility-debated <p>A large biomass plant proposed for the Yakima area, is winning praise from supporters. But critics say this plant could pollute Eastern Washington&rsquo;s air.</p><p>The 20 megawatt plant would start up in 2013 and use slash piles and other wood debris from the Yakama Indian Reservation as fuel.</p><p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 17:50:35 +0000 Anna King 3392 at http://kplu.org Alaska Air demonstrating aviation biofuels http://kplu.org/post/alaska-air-demonstrating-aviation-biofuels <p>It&rsquo;s a big week for aviation biofuels.</p><p>A United flight took off Monday from Houston, for the first time burning jet fuel that was made from algae-based oil. And Alaska Air begins its demonstration flights from Seattle tomorrow (Wednesday, 2 p.m.)&nbsp; &ndash; with fuel made from used cooking oil.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 01:25:17 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3145 at http://kplu.org Alaska Air demonstrating aviation biofuels Alaska Airlines will use biofuel on 75 flights http://kplu.org/post/alaska-airlines-will-use-biofuel-75-flights <p>This month, some Alaska Airlines flights will be flying on used cooking oil as they travel from Seattle to Portland and Washington D.C.</p><p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:03:08 +0000 Northwest News Network 3132 at http://kplu.org Alaska Airlines will use biofuel on 75 flights Study: Using NW forests for biofuels will not reduce carbon http://kplu.org/post/study-using-nw-forests-biofuels-will-not-reduce-carbon <p>A new study from Oregon State University says that producing biofuels from forests in the Northwest could increase the region&rsquo;s carbon emissions.</p><p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:19:58 +0000 Amelia Templeton 2980 at http://kplu.org Study: Using NW forests for biofuels will not reduce carbon Update: Biofuel demand high; $80 million to UW, WSU for research http://kplu.org/post/update-biofuel-demand-high-80-million-uw-wsu-research <p>Producing biofuels as an environmentally-friendly alternative to petroleum-based fossil fuels is a puzzle that has been bedeviling researchers for years.</p><p>Now, with $80 million pouring into research at the University of Washington and Washington State University, stakeholders hope to find the key for turning biomass from wood products into fuel for cars and jets.</p><p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 22:20:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2748 at http://kplu.org Update: Biofuel demand high; $80 million to UW, WSU for research Aberdeen biodiesel plant humming 24 hours a day http://kplu.org/post/aberdeen-biodiesel-plant-humming-24-hours-day <p>ABERDEEN, Wash. &ndash; A biodiesel plant at Aberdeen is operating 24 hours a day, producing fuel using canola oil from Canada.</p><div><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/nKgmLc">Daily World of Aberdeen</a> reports the 4-year-old Imperium Renewables has recovered from struggles the past couple of years thanks to markets in Oregon and Canada driven by environmental standards.</p><p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 18:39:37 +0000 The Associated Press 2296 at http://kplu.org Northwest consortium aiming to become hub for aviation biofuels http://kplu.org/post/northwest-consortium-aiming-become-hub-aviation-biofuels <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970635.mp3</p><p>A new industry is emerging in the Pacific Northwest &ndash; for development, production and distribution of aviation biofuels.</p><p>A consortium called<a href="http://www.safnw.com/"> Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest </a>has just spent ten months producing an exhaustive study.&nbsp; They&#39;ve identified the four-state region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana as a serious contender in the race to produce environmentally friendly jet fuels. Thu, 26 May 2011 01:35:53 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1675 at http://kplu.org Northwest consortium aiming to become hub for aviation biofuels