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Washington State University

Bioenergy & Bioproducts Engineering

Bioenergy & Bioproducts (BBE) scientists work toward advancing science and technologies to convert biomass, including wastes, into useful products, fuels, and fuel additives.  Highlights of our research program include:

  • Production lipid from lignocellulosics for upgrading into renewable jet fuels, diesel, and gasoline
  • Integrated algal fuel production including culture processes and extractions of co-products and lipids
  • Anaerobic digestion technologies for producing biogas, co-products, and nutrient recovery
  • Multiscale modeling of biorefining processes and systems
  • Devise feasible process to deconstruct  cellulosic biomass
  • Identify pathways to convert lignin to jet fuel
  • Biomass thermochemical conversions for producing advanced biofuels, chemicals, and bioproducts

Bioenergy & Bioproducts Engineering In the News

  • Sustainable Jet Fuel Based on Lignin

    August 2022 | STLE

     

    Research on Lignin Jet FuelLignin-derived jet fuel displays a superior heat of combustion, higher seal swell properties and a much lower aromatic content compared to Jet-A.

    Bin Yang, professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Washington State University (WSU) in Richland, WA, says, “Besides using jet fuel, other propulsion options such as batteries and fuel cells are not suitable for use in long-distance airplance travel in the near future (less than 30 years). This places the aviation industry in the position of needing to find a sustainable alternative to Jet-A. … » More …

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