Fueling the Future
Bioenergy is simply energy produced naturally by living organisms. In the Department of Forest Biomaterials, we focus on photosynthesized energy gained from trees and plants. This type of stored bioenergy known as biomass is not only sustainable, but decreases our carbon footprint when offset by fast-growing trees and grasses known as bioenergy feedstocks.
Our faculty combine fundamental science, technology innovation and systems analysis to target improvement in production of energy and materials from biomass and the application of novel analytical tools. Whether we are looking at producing bioethanol from wood hemicelluloses or developing a new thermochemical process for converting biomass into fuels, our research is driving the industry forward and tackling those grand challenges that will make the world more sustainable and businesses more efficient.
Bioenergy Research Features
Exploring Sustainable Air Travel With Jet Fuel From Trees
NC State researchers are working to make jet fuel from trees to make air travel more environmentally-friendly.