Wood-Based Biofuels Get Boost in Washington - ZeaChem Plays a Central Role

October 16, 2011

Mohr Davidow-backed ZeaChem plays a central role in USDA funded cellulosic biomass projects

The U.S. biofuels industry has mostly been centered in Midwestern agricultural states. However, ultimately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hopes different regions of the nation will produce fuels that are interchangeable in today’s engines, and compatible with various fuels already in use. To that end, the USDA has awarded $40 million grants to both the University of Washington (UW) and Washington State University (WSU) to research the potential of regional “cellulosic” biomass that comes from the stems and stalks of trees in the Pacific Northwest.

The UW-led project will focus on producing bio-based aviation, diesel and gasoline fuels using plantation-grown poplars as feedstock. The WSU-led project will focus on producing aviation fuel from residue wood, including wood that is typically burned in forests after harvests, removed during thinning to improve forest health or ends up at landfills from such things as building demolitions. Read more>>>>