Producing energy (power, heat, and fuels) and products (i.e. chemicals, nutrients, fiber) from biomass has become a relatively controversial issue. What is lost in that controversy is that bioenergy and bioproducts can help improve the sustainability of our agriculture, food systems and rural communities through diversification (economic and biological); recovery and recycling of carbon; recovery of nutrients and energy from organic wastes; reduction of environmental pollutants; and generation of income and investment opportunities for farmers and rural communities.

The Pacific Northwest is rich in it’s biological diversity — both in natural systems and agricultural systems — which provides a valuable resource base for developing sustainable, scale-appropriate technologies and products that reduce environmental pollution, produce renewable energy and products – many of which can be recycled into agricultural production, and generate income for rural communities. CSANR has helped to develop a significant research capacity in bioenergy and bioproducts — especially focusing on recovery and recycling of organic waste materials for sustainable end uses in agriculture.

Below are links and resources specific to biofuels.  Additional bioenergy links are available on the Anaerobic Digestion and Biochar pages.

Featured Publications

Cellulosic Ethanol in the Pacific Northwest

Research and outreach website. This project was directed by Gregmar I. Galinato, with co-directors Suzette P. Galinato, C. Richard Shumway, and Jonathan K. Yoder.  In an era of increased concern about the influence of carbon on the environment, the U.S. government has intervened, requiring the use of biofuels in an attempt to reduce dependence on fossil […]

Additional Publications

2011 Oilseed Production Workshops

Three oilseed crop production workshops were held the last week of January 2011 at Okanogan, Reardan and Colfax, Washington. Presenters included regional producers, university researchers, agency personnel, and industry representatives. Attendance surpassed 250 during the three days, indicating a renewed interest in utilizing oilseed crops for rotation benefits, potential economic advantages, high quality meal for […]

Pacific Regional Biomass Energy Partnership

This is a 6-state effort supported jointly by the State Energy Offices and the US Department of Energy that provides a clearinghouse for information on bioenergy in the region. It is the repository for a number of research reports and tools developed by CSANR and our colleagues.

Biofuels Cropping Systems Research and Extension Project

Pacific Northwest cropping systems are dominated by irrigated specialty crops (ie. fruits and vegetables), high quality forages, and a dryland cereal grain system (primarily wheat). It is highly unlikely that we will ever seen the fence-row to fence-row production of commodity crops that fit the model of first generation biofuel crops (ie. corn and soybeans). […]

WSU Bioprocessing and Bioproducts Engineering Laboratory

Professor Shulin Chen’s Research Laboratory group at the WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Research efforts include organic waste inventory and characterization; anaerobic digestion of manure and food processing wastes; High Solids Anaerobic Digestion for the Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Wastes (OFMSW); recovery of nutrients and fertilizers from organic wastes; and pre-treatment technology for […]

Biofuel Economics and Policy for Washington State (PDF)

This report is a comprehensive response to 2007 Washington State legislation (HB 1303) that tasked Washington State University to 1) analyze the types and corresponding amounts of biofuel in the state and 2) recommend viable incentive programs to promote biofuel market development. Inside you will find policy recommendations based on analysis of a broad set […]

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External Links

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