April 29: Students present designs for forest waste facility

NARA-logo-160PULLMAN, Wash. – Students at Washington State University have developed facility site designs for a potential liquid depot to process wood from slash piles in the Pacific Northwest. The liquid sugar can be used to produce chemical products including biofuels. Designs and findings will be presented in a webinar at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.Participants may register at http://goo.gl/BqwO0C and sign in with the webinar at https://sites.google.com/a/idexstudio.org/class/live.

The students are working with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a WSU-led organization determining the feasibility and sustainability of using forest residuals to produce biojet fuel and other products.

Presenters will describe the process of turning forest residuals into liquid sugar, transportation logistics and how wastewater will be treated. A techno-economic analysis for the conversion process will be included.

The students work together on real-world projects while attending the Integrated Design Experience (IDX) course that includes undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of majors at WSU and the University of Idaho.

The location for the sugar depot was identified as highly optimal based on a ranking of Northwest U.S. facility sites completed by IDX last semester.

“These students perform critical data gathering and analyses for the NARA project and for stakeholders,” said Karl Olsen, one of three IDX instructors and part of NARA’s education team. “Their work will be incorporated into a final supply chain analysis for the Idaho-Washington-Oregon-Montana region in 2016.”

The NARA supply chain work performed by IDX over that last four years can be viewed at https://nararenewables.org/features/supply-chain-analyses.

Learn more about NARA at http://nararenewables.org/. Learn more about IDX at http://idexstudio.org.


Karl Olsen, WSU IDX, 509-335-0373, kolsen@wsu.edu
Tammi Laninga, UI IDX, 208-885-7117, aninga@uidaho.edu
Charles Burke, WSU NARA, 509-335-3018, ccburke@nararenewables.org