Modeling the availability of woody biomass (organic matter
from trees and plants) in heavily forested areas was the focus of a recent
project conducted by the U.S. Forest Service and the Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory (PNNL), one of the national laboratories of the U.S.
Department of Energy.
A joint team set out to build a software model to show the
economics behind harvesting woody biomass as an energy source, and how
harvesting could create benefits to boost forest restoration and reduce the
risk of wildfire. The study focused on biomass from commercial thinning and
timber harvesting and evaluated the delivered costs of biomass from restoration
activities, factoring in data from nearby markets, processing, and
Initial results from the team’s research, based on a
specific geographical area, showed that nearly 1.5 million tons of economically
viable biomass were available for bioenergy use. This included delivery of
about 395,000 tons of wood chips at or below $60/ton and another million tons
generated from mill residue.
The team’s research further validates everything that NWABF
has been pursuing in the past years. Creating jet fuel from biomass is a viable
proposition for the future. This was confirmed in the 2013 NARA (Northwest
Advanced Renewables Alliance) study, released by the Department of Agriculture.
The three-year, $40 million study explored the availability, the costs,
benefits, and logistics of using forest residuals and mill residues as a source
of SAF. It confirmed that more than 10 million tons of woody biomass is
available to create jet fuel from biomass.
This is encouraging news, as Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels
takes woody biomass, gasifies it and through a sophisticated proven technical
process, converts it to Premium Renewable Sustainable Aviation Fuel from the
conversion of slash, forest residues, and mill residues in forests. Having a
better understanding of the availability of woody plant biomass available to convert
jet fuel from biomass will help NWABF with its long-term operational
To learn more about the NWABF Project, converting woody
biomass to sustainable aviation fuel process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also get more information on woody biomass, sustainable aviation fuel
and much more on our Biofuel FAQs page.