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UW students explore uses for beetle-killed trees

Biofuel production uses organic materials to produce fuel for use in transportation vehicles of all kinds, including cars and planes. The capstone class evaluated the biofuel in the context of providing a fuel source for the University of Wyoming steam plant as an alternative to coal.

While it is not exactly like turning lemons into lemonade, companies are making some advances in the technology aimed to transform bark beetle killed trees into motor fuel. For example, a Colorado State University lab is working to test the fuel in a four-stroke Honda engine. A California-based company has turned lodgepole trees into the biofuel butanol, which is more like gasoline than ethanol.