Lignin

From Bloom to Blast-Off

This morning to start our day we talked about the separation process of Lignin, hemicellulose, and cellulose. This separation must be done to release the desirable components of making the biofuels, which are the hemicellulose and cellulose. These are the sugar holding components in the cell wall. To simulate the difficulty of removing the lignin…

What is the Value of a Tree?

The first thing we did today was hike into Ponderosa State Park.  We were contemplating the value of a tree as it stands in the woods.  To determine the value of a tree for carbon dioxide sequestration and how much bio-fuel could be created from that tree, we took a core sample to determine the…

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Rooting for root beer!

We started the workshop tonight with a few introductions. I was pleased to find that we have a diversity of folks in our group who teach many different subjects with many different age groups. It’s going to be a good mix. Our first task was to make root beer. Why, you might ask? Well, we’ll…

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Less than a week to go!

We’re excited that the 2015 Adventures in Bioenergy workshop will be starting in less than a week. We’re getting the last of our materials together and we’re looking forward to everyone’s arrival. As we start to think about the questions we’ll be posing next week around bioenergy, there have been some fun new developments on…