Monday, April 6, 2009

Aurora magazine features biofuel research

In the ongoing quest for viable alternative energy, biofuel is more than a buzzword or a trend. It is the topic of ongoing research at UAF, recently highlighted in the Spring 2009 issue of Aurora Magazine.

Three SNRAS faculty are included in the Aurora cover story about biofuels. Professor Stephen Sparrow and Associate Professor Mingchu Zhang were interviewed about their research on shrubs, grasses, and grains for potential energy use. Sparrow details his work on supplemental energy sources including willow for western Alaska and the Seward Peninsula. Canola is one of the crops Zhang is working with as a viable alternative that Alaska farmers could grow for fuel. The article also highlights Assistant Professor Andy Soria’s woody biomass research at the Palmer facility of UAF’s Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
More information:

Video: Mingchu Zhang on Canola as a Rotational Crop, by Megan Otts, UAF Marketing & Communications
Video: Bob Van Veldhuizen on the Process of Crushing Canola, by Megan Otts, UAF Marketing & Communications
"Researcher seeks energy answer in biofuels," SNRAS blog, Oct. 30, 2008

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