Biojet Project Takes Off In Missoula

Re-energize Montana’s wood products industry while “greening” America’s airline industry. Reduce dependence on foreign oil while improving the health of forests. On paper, the potential benefits of turning forest wood waste into jet fuel look almost too good to be true. But this isn’t just pie-in-the-sky science fiction. It could soon become pine-in-the-sky reality. “Can […]

Re-energize Montana’s wood products industry while “greening” America’s airline industry. Reduce dependence on foreign oil while improving the health of forests.

On paper, the potential benefits of turning forest wood waste into jet fuel look almost too good to be true. But this isn’t just pie-in-the-sky science fiction. It could soon become pine-in-the-sky reality.

“Can you make jet fuel out of wood? The answer is yes,” said Michael P. Wolcott, project co-director with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) and a professor at Washington State University. “Technically, that can be done right now.

“The question is, really, how efficiently and cost-effectively can we do it? I can’t give you that answer yet because that’s what we are about to find out.”

“We,” in this case, is a team of more than 50 scientists and economists from across the country who have begun fanning out across Western Montana to conduct a first-of-its-kind analysis of the region’s wood-to-biojet business case, with a particular focus on Missoula as a potential hub of the industry.

From Missoula Works: http://www.missoulaworks.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=72&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=20

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