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USFS Research
« on: November 19, 2016, 02:47:53 PM »
FPL research helps fuel coast-to-coast flight

Alaska Airlines made history this week by flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel. The fuel was made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. Technology developed by the Forest Products Laboratory called SPORL, Sulfite Pretreatment to Overcome Recalcitrance of Lignocellulose, played a key role in converting softwoods to aviation fuel. By making use of existing equipment, processes and knowledge of the pulp and paper industry, SPORL presents fewer technical barriers to production of biofuels. The process also reduces energy requirements and addresses feedstock variability of bark, needles and branches.

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Re: USFS Research
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2016, 09:19:33 PM »
That's pretty cool.  I do wonder how much the cost per gallon is compared to typical jet fuel and what the production cost per gallon is for each one.  Great way to utilize an otherwise unused residual from logging.

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2016, 02:19:04 PM »
That is fascinating. I too wonder if they can make it cost effective.
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Re: USFS Research
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2016, 05:29:01 PM »
Even if it isn't, maybe it's another step along the way. Research and development continues onward.  :)

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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