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Field Research

After viewing an in-depth presentation by Ian Dallmeyer & Carter Fox on how to use lignin as a profitable byproduct, we had the opportunity to spend the afternoon experimenting with soil samples. Four field groups went out with the following supplies available to them: Labquests (Vernier) – {measuring pH, Soil moisture or Nitrate}, Activated carbon,…

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MOSSterpiece Theater

Today we were challenged to develop creative ways to answer the question, “what is the problem with lignin?” addressing the pretreatment process of converting woody biomass to jet fuel. Teams acted out the rolls that lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose play in converting woody biomass into jet fuel. From today’s lecture and activities we learned the…

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What are we up to today?

Today, we’re exploring the process of converting wood into jet fuel and the things that we can do with the other “stuff” that comes out of the process.  Check out this webinar presentation for an idea of some of the things that are being addressed in this stage of the process:

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Adventure Race and the Biofuel Supply Chain

This afternoon took us on an adventure race as a metaphor to teach us about the biofuel supply chain. We used coordinate clues in order to find different stops that represented each stage of the supply chain. Our goal in the adventure race was to gather, transport, and treat materials in order to create pine…

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Slash Piles and Trees aren’t Boring!

Smart Tools to Measure Slash Pile Volumes This is a link to a useful newsletter describing our projects today. Holly Dasher (green jacket) measuring the width of the slash pile. To determine the volume of wood biomass and calculate how much jet fuel could be generated from this available source. Katie Kom is laying next…