– by Reuters, October 3, 2016, Fortune
Willow to biomass (Photo: Rokwood SRP)
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed tweaks to its Renewable Fuel Standard that would allow biofuels to be processed at more than one location and would allow cellulosic ethanol to be made from poplar and willow trees.
EPA also proposed new quality standards and environmental performance guidelines for biofuel blends containing 16 to 83% ethanol, and the agency is taking comments on the proposal for the next 60 days before it is approved.
– by Ellen Abbot, June 5, 2016, WRVO
Photo: Ellen Abbot / WRVO
While most central and northern New York crops are being planted right now, there’s one that’s being harvested. SUNY ESF researchers are harvesting willow, as part of a project that continues to find the best way to use the woody plant as an alternative energy source.
When most people hear the word willow, an image of a weeping willow tree comes to mind. But that’s not what SUNY ESF researchers are working on in the Willow Project, a program that’s developing a biomass energy source.
“They are in the same genus, but different species, and the species we are targeting here are in shrub form,” said Justin Heavey, who manages the SUNY ESF willow crops.