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.

Sub-communities within this community

  • Webinars and Media

    This collection contains webinars and media produced by the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA).

Collections in this community

  • Cumulative and Final Reports

    This collection contains cumulative and final reports created by the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA)
  • Infographics and Fact Sheets

    This collection contains infographics and fact sheets produced by the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance for stakeholders and the general public.
  • Lesson Plans

    This collection features lesson plans authored by participants in the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA).
  • Newsletters

    This collection contains newsletter articles that cover the NARA project from August 2011 through to February 2016.
  • Peer-Reviewed Publications

    This collection features peer-reviewed publications authored by participants in the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance.
  • Regional Supply Chain Studies

    This collection contains supply chain analyses targeted for an industry that uses forest residuals to produce bio-jet fuel and co-products.

Recent Submissions

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Air Quality Impact Assessment of and Aviation Biofuel Supply Chain in the Northwestern United States 

    Lamb, Brian; Ravi, Vikram; (2017)
    This report outlines specific health and visibility impacts of smoke from prescribed fires and the air quality impacts of a forest residue-based biofuel supply chain in the Pacific Northwest.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Plant Cell Walls to Alcohols 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    This lesson looks at the break down of plant material to demonstrate the production of biofuels.
  • Life in a Food Chain 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    Following this lesson, students will understand the flow of energy in an ecosystem.
  • Exploring Hydropower 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    For this lesson, students will investigate the hydropower by finding the potential energy for hydropower at a creek flowing into a reservoir.
  • Forest Management 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    In this lesson, student will learn to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of forest management strategies.
  • Making Chemistry Visible 

    Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance; McCall Outdoor Science School (2016-12)
    The objective of this lesson is to explain and demonstrate the chemical process of turning woody biomass into biofuel.

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