Aviation Fuels From Wood!
2013 Starker Lecture Series, Lecture 2. "Wood to Wing: Envisioning an Aviation Biofuels Industry Based on Forest Residuals in the Pacific Northwest." For years, the focus on biofuels development has aimed at the twin bookends of feedstock development and conversion technologies. But despite years of effort and no clear winner in sight, relatively little work has addressed gaining efficiencies in the biofuels industry through supply chain efficiencies. Recently, the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture funded a number of Coordinate Agricultural Projects aimed a developing regional feedstock supply chains for the biofuels industry. The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance is one such effort aimed at development of a sustainable aviation biofuels from woody biomass. Michael Wolcott serves as Co-Principal Director for the NARA project. Dr. Wolcott has received numerous national and international awards for research excellence, including the prestigious Society of Wood Science and Technology’s George Marra Award (in 1991 and 1995). He is a Fellow in the International Academy of Wood Science and frequently invited as keynote lecturer at international conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in materials engineering science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and BS/MS in forestry from the University of Maine. A member of the WSU faculty since 1996, he previously served as an associate professor at West Virginia University’s Division of Forestry.…Read more Less…