Wood waste converted into jet fuel, it’s happening in Maine


An unexpected discovery by a student launched the University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute pilot plant – to turn wood components in clean crude oil.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Relinquished and run-down mill towns could soon breathe new life, following an unexpected discovery by a student at the University of Maine.

Since 2012, and millions of dollars later, the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, located next to the reclaimed Old Town Mill, has been operating a fee-for-service pilot plant where any new startup company or even a large corporation can try new ideas and collect engineering data.

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