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October 2013 Issue

Trees Will Fuel Northwest Bioenergy Industry

Washington State University is one of nine partners in a new national program that will use Pacific Northwest hybrid poplar trees to develop a sustainable biofuel system.  The Advanced Hardwood Biofuels project is a $40-million, five-year research project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The goal: Produce 400 million gallons of poplar-based liquid biofuels annually from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and northern California. The 92-acre Pilchuck site near Stanwood, Washington, one of four demonstration farms, was planted with seedlings in spring 2013. A demonstration-scale biorefinery is planned for Boardman, Oregon. Read more ...


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